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Sarah McDonald

Study Abroad Peer Advisor Sarah McDonald

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Study Abroad Peer Advisor | Semester in Ireland


Sarah is a senior double majoring in Criminology and Psychology. In Spring 2017, Sarah studied abroad in Galway, Ireland and took classes at the National University of Ireland Galway. While abroad, she traveled to England, Scotland, Sweden, France, Germany, Italy, and Croatia. She also continued her passion for ultimate frisbee by playing with the university's team, Panteras, and the city's team, Tribe. Back at UMD she plays ultimate frisbee for the women's club team, LakEffect. She's also apart of University Honors and Mortar Board. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, golfing, eating good food, and camping.

Most memorable view during your study abroad experience?
The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. I decided to stay for sunset and watched Paris light up. Even though my phone died and I had to navigate myself back to my hostel that was 20 minutes away alone in the dark, it was worth it.

What makes you happy?
Camping at National Parks, riding at the front of a speed boat, the song Peter Pan by Jinja Safari, the movie Moana, food!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My alarm and impending obligations like school and work. What MAKES me want to get out of bed is knowing that I'm going to do something exciting, like going on adventures or hanging out with friends.

Best advice to future study abroad student?
Try traveling by yourself. It sounds terrifying, but I spent a month doing it and it was the best experience of my life. It allowed me to see and do exactly what I wanted at my own pace. It also taught me how to be an adult, and that the only thing holding myself back before was myself.

What's the next item on your bucket list?
Traveling to every National Park. So far I've visited Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Banff, and Glacier.