Sara Fowler '11 competes in Season 29 of The Amazing Race

By Lauren Edwards on April 7, 2017

“There is such a unique twist that when you go into the race, you don’t know who your partner will be..."

Sara Fowler spoke to the admitted students at the 2017 edition of TU4U.
Sara Fowler spoke to the admitted students at the 2017 edition of TU4U.

Sara Fowler graduated from Towson University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Currently a realtor at Sotheby’s International Realty, she describes herself as a “former Johns Hopkins nurse turned international luxury real estate agent.”

It is undeniable that Fowler is a woman of many talents. She worked as a child psychiatric nurse for several years and is now a certified yoga teacher, international realtor, entrepreneur and a contestant on season 29 of CBS’ Emmy Award-winning show, The Amazing Race.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Fowler decided to stay in the area for college. She had many friends as well as an older sister, Amanda Haughwout, who attended TU, which inspired her to do the same.

“I’m really glad I made that decision because it did allow me to continue to live at home, save money, and I also had the best college experience ever.”

Fowler was a dedicated student, focused on achieving her goal of becoming a child psychiatric nurse. She notes that her greatest accomplishment was obtaining her nursing degree.

“That’s something I always knew that I wanted, and to have such an incredible experience doing so at Towson University made it that much more special. Because I not only got my nursing degree, but I made incredible lifelong friends along the way.”

Though working as a child psychiatric nurse was a true passion of hers, Fowler also had a love for traveling. After vacationing to the Virgin Islands, she developed a love for the island of Saint John. She then moved to the island to expand her yoga practice and eventually became a luxury realtor.

“I wasn’t really fearful of giving up the career I had worked so hard to obtain to follow my intuition and move to an island not knowing what would happen, but knowing that I’d be okay no matter what. One of the things that helped me make that transition was knowing that I had my degree as a backup. I thought, ‘what’s the worst case scenario? I can just go back to being a nurse.’” 

Moving to Saint John has presented a lot of exciting opportunities to Fowler, including being contacted via Facebook message by a CBS casting director asking if she’d like to be a contestant on season 29 of The Amazing Race. She was a bit skeptical, but after confirming the legitimacy of the message, she was soon on her way to Los Angeles to begin the casting process.

Unable to disclose many details, Fowler did reveal that she had an amazing time on the show. “It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had to this point,” she said.

One of the hardest parts of being on the show, Fowler added, was being disconnected from the world for a month, with no phone calls, emails or social media.

When asked what we can expect to see this season, Fowler assured that she was unbiased when stating “I think this is going to be one of the best seasons.”

“There is such a unique twist that when you go into the race, you don’t know who your partner will be. There are a lot of unknowns, so I think that’s definitely going to translate into the audience. The audience is going to feel that awkward anticipation and nervousness at the start line because we have absolutely no idea who we’re going to be partnered with. So with that, there’s definitely going to be some added drama and a lot of TV entertainment.”

Fowler says that she is a “yogi” with the mantra “be fierce but flexible.” These are words that she lives by, and encourages Towson University students to do the same.

“You can have this fierce work-driven mentality but also be open to the world, really present and experience it, because you never know what other doors are going to open for you.”

Fowler spoke Friday and Saturday at TU4U, the university's annual event for admitted students and their families. In her remarks to the thousands of attendees over both days, Fowler echoed those values of "being open to the world," being present, and experiencing college life to the fullest.

Be sure to cheer on Sara as she races to win the $1,000,000 prize at the finish line. Tweet #TeamSara to support her in the race, and visit her website, www.SaraFowler.com, for her social media handles, as she loves to hear feedback and engage with her followers. You can learn more about Sara by watching her video bio.

Watch The Amazing Race Thursday nights at 10 p.m. on CBS.