Northern Ireland exchange student shares experience with Scotland County Hospice staff
Laurinburg, N.C. – Each month, Hospice of Scotland County staff members have been taking a journey to excellence, learning about different places from people who have traveled to different countries. On Monday, they were treated to a different perspective.
“We have had people come to share their experiences while traveling to another country,” said Hospice Executive Director Jane Murray. “But we are very lucky to have someone who actually lives in Ireland to share some of her experiences.”
That someone was Business Education Initiative Exchange Student Sarah Kee, who is spending the year as a business student at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. A native of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, Kee is a biochemistry major at home but took the year to study business at St. Andrews with some focus on equine studies.
“Everything in life is a business,” she said. “Having both scientific and business knowledge provides a foundation for more success. This is a great opportunity and the life experiences are definitely worthwhile.”
Kee’s presentation to the Hospice staff included a bit of history along with a tour of the country and general information about her native land.
“My goal is to help people learn something new while being entertaining,” Kee said.
The group clearly enjoyed learning about the country, providing a bit of a laughing reaction when learning about the international oyster festival hosted every year by her hometown where the champion oyster eater consumed 233 in three minutes.
“Some of the key differences between Northern Ireland and the United States include the education system,” Kee said. “We go straight into college and it is a three year program. Health care is free and it is still a very local economy.”
Distance is also something of an adjustment for Kee, who has done some independent traveling in the States while also traveling as a member of the St. Andrews Cross Country, equestrian and women’s lacrosse teams.
“Northern Ireland is special for so small a geographic place,” she said. “We have mountains and beaches and everything in between. It is a two-hour drive from any corner to the other corner of the country. So that’s been a bit of an adjustment because here a two hour drive isn’t much but that’s the longest trip we take to get anywhere in Northern Ireland.”
The Business Education Initiative 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.
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