The coolest thing I've ever done April 14, 2017

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/02/2017 to 03/24/2017 with

SEA Semester: Programs at Sea - Ocean Exploration

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about my limits and how to stretch them.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

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* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

It was the most incredible and unique experience I have ever had.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • The schedule
  • The atmosphere
* What could be improved?
  • More rigorous academics
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's going to fly by.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Directed Oceanographic Research

Course Department:
Instructor: Mattias Cape
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Designed an independent oceanographic research project while on shore and wrote a project proposal and presented during a poster session. Collected and analyzed data on ship and wrote a final peer reviewed style journal article. Presented during a final poster presentation. Underwent 4 or more rounds of revision. Very rewarding class.
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Conservation and Management

Course Department:
Instructor: Erin Bryant
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Worked in groups to create toolkit for single use plastics reduction targeted at food vendors.
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Leadership in a Dynamic Environment

Course Department:
Instructor: Elliott Rappaport
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Assessments were 3 papers and participation in watch on boat.
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Oceans and Global Change

Course Department:
Instructor: Mattias Cape
Instruction Language: English
Comments: So cool learning how to deploy scientific equipment off the research vessel. Assessed by one large exam on shore and numerous small projects and lab participation during watch on the boat.
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Maritime History and Culture

Course Department:
Instructor: Jeff Wescott
Instruction Language: English
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