Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Learning at sea

Samantha Chaves ’18

Biology major

Studied oceanography, sailing and navigation with the Sea Education Association (SEA); sailed to Lyttelton, New Zealand, and Papeete, French Polynesia

“A year ago, I don’t know that I could have imagined myself making my way up the foremast of a sailboat or even going out to sea.

“I’ve dreamed of studying abroad with SEA for a while. However, I have always gotten in the way of my own adventures because of fear, which had made the idea of spending almost six weeks away from land with little to no contact to the outside world seem like a great challenge.

“Studying abroad with SEA helped break down a lot of walls for me. I learned so much about myself, and I am grateful for the support I received from my shipmates during our voyage from New Zealand to Tahiti. I entered this program excited for the hands-on science work I would be doing and left feeling so full of happiness because of all of the other things I learned.

“The journey really helped me grow and I am already looking forward to my next adventures. I have to thank SEA and my shipmates for helping me find the courage to enjoy and experience life in the greatest way possible.”

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Brave in Brazil

Braden Marstaller ’18

Business and management, economics double major

Studied business administration at the Insper Institute, São Paulo, Brazil

“I chose a program that Wheaton doesn’t have a formal connection with because I’ve wanted to visit Brazil for years. It took a lot of courage and independence to do so on my own. This mountaintop photo represents that bold action. I’ve learned that taking big risks can have big payoffs.”

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Great views in Denmark

Graham Johnson ’18

Psychology major

Studied positive psychology and researched psychotherapy methods used in Europe, with professors and professionals from the University of Copenhagen

“When I first decided to study abroad, one of my main goals was to improve myself as a person. I wanted to become more confident and decisive. Traveling helped me do that and get a broader perspective on life. One weekend I traveled with friends through Sognefjord, one of the largest fjords in western Norway. When I reached the peak and saw this view I realized something—the world is absolutely massive and, in such vastness, it’s OK to be imperfect. What matters is that I am comfortable with who I am as an individual. After all, who could worry about ‘the little things’ with this kind of view?” 

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Finding a calling in Greenland

Our camp in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Neil Henry ’18

Environmental science major

Studied environment science, specifically arctic glaciology, at DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia

“Part of my specific program included going to study the ice sheet that covers Greenland. The expedition there was definitely the highlight of my abroad experience. I made such great friends and had such great hands-on experiences learning about climate change. We went dog sledding with Inuit hunters, saw the northern lights, and got caught up in a 30-year storm. My time overseas has taught me a lot about my calling in this world. I hope to one day work for a research lab to study the Greenland ice sheet. I am hooked. I plan on keeping in touch with my DIS professors. Who knows, maybe I’ll be working alongside them one day.”

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