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Pause at the Release: Ringler in Ireland

Sarah Ringler
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July 21, 2014

Tulsa, Okla. - Pause at the Release is our periodic feature in which we highlight the perspective of one of our student-athletes. In these articles, the athletes share their personal experiences as part of the Golden Hurricane team with our wonderful supporters and community members. Here, you'll find the backstage story on TU Women's Rowing, told through the eyes of the athletes themselves. Check back often to see updates from more of your favorite rowers and coxswains.

Pause at the Release - Sarah Ringler in Ireland

This summer I am spending five weeks in Galway, Ireland, studying at the National University of Ireland. This experience has been once in a lifetime and I am so thankful that The University of Tulsa makes it easy to find a season, amount of time and place that fits everyone. Obviously as a student-athlete it is imperative to be on campus for both semesters, but going abroad for a short time over the summer let me take two classes to help me graduate on time and gave me the added benefit of exploring another country.

The sights I've seen and people I've met have made this experience something I know I couldn't have gotten from summer school at Tulsa. I have really had an eye opening experience learning about the troubles in Irish history and the role religion takes in it. Learning about these problems while being in the country has really allowed me to take notice of it in person. I've also had some amazing field trips. I have walked the streets of Galway with my history class learning about life in the 1600s. I have taken a pilgrimage up the Croagh Patrick with thousands of people in order to attend Mass with my religion class. I've also seen the Cliffs of Moyer, Blarney Castle and spent time in Dublin on my own time.

College is a time to try new things, and studying abroad will definitely give you that chance. This trip has made me feel so blessed at having theses type of opportunities at my fingertips due to the University's excellent global programs.



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