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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