Exchange student shares impact of experience at St. Andrews
"The memories of my year at St. Andrews will be something that I shall keep and continue to learn from for the rest of my life. I am so thankful that I was awarded this fantastic opportunity."
Sarah Kee, an exchange student through the Business Education Initiative (BEI), shared these words during a presentation to the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Board of Trustees in May.
"At St. Andrews, I was presented with endless opportunities that I would not have had elsewhere," Kee said. "I rode on the dressage team, played lacrosse and ran for the cross country team."
In addition to the extracurricular opportunities, the Lisburn, Northern Ireland native took time to travel the country during breaks.
A biochemistry major in Northern Ireland, she focused on business courses and equestrian studies through the exchange program.
“Sarah has been a highlight of our year,” said Business Professor Corinne Nicholson. “She has been a wonderful addition to the Business program.”
While she admitted to being nervous about the business classes beforehand, Kee found the experience less intimidating than expected.
"The quality of teaching and professors was outstanding and I learned so much from my business classes," Kee said. "This unique opportunity has provide me with a fresh new prospective on my future. It has reinforced my desire to run my own equine business and I have considered new career options in business, related to my biochemistry degree.
"The support I received from the staff of the college, and indeed the students themselves, was phenomenal," she added. "I couldn't have been made to feel more welcome. It was amazing to experience a different culture and I have gained so much confidence and maturity."
Kee shared her own culture with formal presentations for the staff at Hospice of Scotland County and for residents and staff at Scotia Village. She also frequently shared experiences in less formal settings through conversations in classrooms, at the barn and in the residence halls.
The Business Education Initiative, now known as Study USA, is funded by the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland and delivered by the British Council. Kee is the second participant of the program to select St. Andrews.
"I do have one regret," Kee said. "I wish I could stay another year at St. Andrews. I hope that the student coming from Northern Ireland this fall will have as great an experience as I had."
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