Best Semester Ever! Past Review

By (MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES., Cornell University) - abroad from 02/06/2012 to 05/07/2012 with

Sea Education Association: The Global Ocean

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
That I am capable of things I didn't know I would be. How amazing the middle of the ocean can be. Yes! - so worthwhile!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Amazing! Loved the community building that happened at Woods Hole.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Got the perfect roommate. Don't know if that was planned or coincidence.

* Food:

food on the ship was great; better than expected. Didn't like cooking for everyone at Woods Hole, but I traded with cleaning duties so it all worked out.

* 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


* 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)

Personally, I managed money fine, but buying groceries to fit everyone's needs was difficult. Getting the car situation settled was particularly difficult.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 40


* 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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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Woods Hole- Small Community
  • Helpful/Friendly professors
  • Field Trips
* What could be improved?
  • Situation getting groceries at WH
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? how awesome it was and I should have done it sooner. The program put my mind in a better place and I was able to come back to Cornell refreshed.