(Editors Note: This article was originally featured on the homepage of the Gettysburg College website.)

Sarah Hansen ’17 honed her problem-solving abilities as a physics major and member of the women's golf team over the last four years at Gettysburg College. Those skills played a pivotal role in her quest to join the United States Navy following graduation.

"In physics, the first thing you do to solve a problem is list off all your variables, so what you know and what you don't know," noted Hansen. "When I am approaching a golf shot, I do my laser and I determine what my distance is, what's my lie, what's around the green, and where I want to go. My next step is to solve the problem."

Golf, like physics, is full of variables such as wind, distance, club length, pin distance, etc. Hansen's inclination for problem solving shaped her into one of the premier competitors in the region. With Hansen leading the way, the Bullets captured four-straight Centennial titles and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship each year. The team rose to the challenge with their senior leader this year, winning a dozen events and setting a new conference scoring record with 335.5 strokes per round. Gettysburg claimed individual medalist accolades 11 times in 16 events with Hansen leading the way with four titles of her own.

Read more about her experience and watch her Leadership Certificate Showcase here