Scotia residents learn about Northern Ireland from exchange student
Kee is spending a year as a business student at St. Andrews Presbyterian College as a part of the Business Education Initiative (BEI). 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.
“Sarah has been a highlight of our year,” said Business Professor Corinne Nicholson. “She has been a wonderful addition to the Business program and she has taken full advantage of each and every opportunity St. Andrews has had to offer her.”
Kee shared a brief history of Northern Ireland as well as how that history intertwines with that of America.
“When Washington took office, there were a quarter of a million Northern Irish people in America,” Kee said. “There is an emigration museum that shares all the steps that people went through to emigrate.”
After providing her general information about the country, Kee opened the floor to questions by the Scotia Village residents in attendance. The first question addressed how she came to Laurinburg.
“I applied for a BEI scholarship to come somewhere in the United States,” Kee said. “I was lucky enough to get the scholarship and selected St. Andrews because I was highly interested in the Equestrian offerings. I keep horses at home so this program really caught my attention.”
Kee spent a part of her time at St. Andrews as a part of the Dressage Team, while also finding time to be a part of the cross country team and women’s lacrosse team. She has also maintained high quality work in her business classes.
“I was a little nervous about those business classes, but I haven’t struggled as much as I thought I would,” she said. “I have loved my stay here and will miss it when I leave.”
Kee was also asked about her post-graduate plans and she laughed a little. “I love biochemistry, but I have really enjoyed my business classes. I had thought about teaching and incorporating my love of equestrian on the side, but now I’m thinking about maybe trying to work with a chemical company. It’s something I’m really going to look into when I get home.”
Kee recently presented to a group of staff members at Hospice of Scotland County.
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.
About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
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