Blending in with the locals and experiencing everyday life were top priorities when Sarah Goodwin browsed Purdue’s study abroad Web site. Sarah’s particulars led her to Australia’s fifth-largest city, Adelaide. She attended the University of South Australia, worked as a bartender, and traveled the continent for five months. Exploring the “outback,” Kangaroo Island, Seal Bay and the Great Barrier Reef, Sarah’s experiences led her right back to the Purdue’s study abroad office, where she now advises students.
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Major: Movement and Sports Science
Career goal: Physical Therapist
Favorite pastime: Travel/Taking road trips
Current song on iPod: “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel
Why she studied abroad: Sarah has always loved to take trips with her family. Her first family trip was to San Diego when she was two years old. Sarah’s mom first introduced her to the idea of studying abroad when she was in high school. From then, it was just a matter of fitting it into her academic schedule at Purdue.
Most memorable moment: “During a break in August, we went scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef. We were swimming 50+ feet under water with huge caverns below. It was beautiful! Cairns, Queensland is my new favorite place!”
Scariest moment: “Hearing about a woman who had died by getting caught in the rapids when we were about to raft down the Tully River.”
Living outside the US after school: Sarah thinks it would be great to live abroad again after she attains her Doctoral degree in physical therapy, but would like to return to the United States in order to raise a family.
Why Purdue: “We are a Boilermaker family!”
By Kate Kester