Bourbon author being considered in Reader's Digest contest
BOURBON — Sandy Schriefer of Bourbon wrote her life story in 150 words on a whim when she saw a Reader's Digest writing contest. Now, her story is being considered for publication in the national magazine. Although she is a resident of this area, Schriefer's story is about how her life changed dramatically following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Ten years ago, Sandy Schriefer of Bourbon was working at William Leman in Bremen. At that time, the mint processing plant was about to partner with Colgate-Palmolive. After 9/11 happened, they pulled out of the deal—causing a slippery economical slope that eventually forced William Leman to close.
Schriefer, whose area of expertise is in chemistry, needed a career change.
After considering nursing, she decided to become a science teacher. Schriefer taught at Mishawaka High School and later at Culver Military Academy.
"I wouldn't have made the transition to teaching had I not lost my job at William Lemon," said Schriefer.
After eight years of teaching, Schriefer is now making another career change. She said that teaching, while rewarding, was "life-draining."
"The work was endless," said Schriefer. "I just decided I need to do something else."
Schriefer's story can be viewed at www.facebook.com/Reader's Digest by searching for "Unexpected Turn of Events" or Schriefer's name. Users can vote on the stories posted, and winners will later be selected by Reader's Digest editors.