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Crossing the river before summiting 17,500 Pico Austria. Photo by Ella Williams (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest, 2nd Place), South America Semester.


Hi! My name is Sarah and I’m from Northern California. I’m currently taking a gap year before going to the University of St Andrews in Scotland next year. I’ve spent this past fall working as a barista in a local cafe, nannying for the cutest 8th month old boy, and skiing as often as possible up in Tahoe.

Some random facts about me: I played water polo all throughout high school, I’m obsessed with all forms of design/art (photography, fashion, architecture, music…), I’m planning on studying history and International Relations in college, I love backpacking and going to the beach, I’m a huge foodie, and I’m the youngest of my two siblings by 8 years.

As for the course, I’m so excited to be immersed in all of the culture that Peru and Bolivia have to offer. My Spanish consists of what I learned in elementary school (I took French in high school), so I’m desperately trying to remember back to when I was ten. Fingers crossed that I can pick it up quickly! I can’t wait to meet all of you soon 🙂