Spotlight on Success: A Young Alum's Academic Journey Continues in Sydney, Australia

Ruthie Sitver '15 will represent the University of St. Andrews as she travels to Sydney, Australia to study Health Sciences at Macquarie University in the Neurology Department.

Ruthie Sitver spent the first eighteen years of her life in New York. She was a highly motivated student who danced, practiced yoga and instructed aerial yoga and aerial dance classes. After graduating from Saddle River Day with honors in 2015, she began her journey in higher education at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is currently in her third year of pursuing degrees in Biology and Psychology. In addition to her studies at St. Andrews, Ruthie discovered a passion for organic cooking and a love of running especially on the beach by the North Sea. A strong world language student at SRDS, she has continued the study of Spanish and is near fluent.

The University of St. Andrews is a highly competitive international university in Scotland marked by tradition, the most famous being the wearing of the red robes for undergraduate students. Students wear their robes differently as they move forward through their years at the university. Ruthie now serves as an "academic mother to fifteen freshies" (a.k.a. freshmen). The academic family tradition creates a close-knit network of support for new students. She has also had the opportunity to travel to many countries including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, England and Ireland, enabling her to truly experience other cultures first-hand and gain a more global understanding of the world she lives in.

In her most recent accomplishment, Ruthie will be the first Biology major to represent St. Andrews in a 6-month clinical program with the Neurology Department at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and will also serve as an ambulance core volunteer.

She says:
"Attending St. Andrews has provided me with a strong foundation in Biology and Health Sciences. My enthusiasm and interest has lead me to do a lot of exploratory reading and research in the field as well. This in turn benefited me greatly during my emergency room internship in the United States. There were several moments when I was able to "connect the dots" when an emergency room patient explained his/her ailment and I was able to utilize my knowledge to figure out a diagnosis along with the P.A. I was shadowing. Additionally, being fluent in Spanish definitely aided in my ability to better understand patients' problems if English was not their first language. When I graduate from St. Andrews, I plan on continuing my education to become a Physician Assistant.

As for the future, I hope to keep growing as a learner, continue traveling and expanding my interest in fitness as I push myself again out of my comfort zone. I will be documenting my journey on my blog h  Saddle River Day School gave me the confidence to take leaps. Now, I am taking another huge leap far away from my home in Scotland and Stonington, Connecticut."

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