Whether it is in the classroom, in the community or studying abroad, Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) students get numerous opportunities for hands on learning.
Like many students, marketing communications major Michaila Sheedy ’21, is taking advantage of what NDMU has to offer. In addition to being a student athlete and working as a student ambassador, Sheedy recently took part in a study abroad trip to Paris exploring medieval Latin manuscripts.
Having a background in Latin, as well as working closely with foreign language professor, Sr. Therese Marie Dougherty, Sheedy was encouraged to apply to an immersive program offered by the Paideia Institute called Live Latin in Paris. As part of the program, students study medieval Latin and its influence in Paris on the site of famous landmarks.
Two of those landmarks include the Basilica of Saint Denis and Luxembourg Gardens. “I really enjoyed the history of the church and the serenity of the space. As for the gardens, I enjoyed its peacefulness and beauty.”
Sheedy was able to learn about and explore the “City of Lights” while delving into a different culture and new experiences. She developed a new appreciation for Latin manuscripts, made lifelong friends, tried new foods and discovered the importance of self-leadership, something she says, “can translate into leading others. It requires patience, willingness to learn, and confidence. By learning about all the creativity and beauty that the world has to offers, you can learn to love and appreciate the people that you are surrounded by. Leaders need to reflect and be aware of what and who is around them, something that travelling abroad can teach you.”
Sheedy credits NDMU for providing her with the tools she needed to maneuver through this cultural experience.
“Because I studied Latin, philosophy, religion and collaborative teamwork courses, I was able to fully integrate myself into stimulating conversations and lessons. I felt confident participating in multi-layered conversations because I had a diverse background, something I couldn’t have done if I didn’t take those courses at NDMU. Many of the topics we discussed in the classroom have real world meanings, so I was able to fit in with the group I was with, as well as with many locals I met along the way.”
The trip was not all about the classroom, Sheedy says she did find time to see and experience Paris. “The most exciting part of the trip was being able to explore the city on my own. There is something truly unique about being in a foreign city and not knowing anyone. My favorite days were the ones where I could wander off on my own, find a little coffee shop, and just enjoy the crowds and scenery.”
During her time at NDMU, Sheedy ’21 has played an integral part of the volleyball team, competed in the NCAA tournament, worked as a student ambassador and has held an internship in the Office of University Communications. This summer she looks forward to a new internship with the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).