SEA will break you down but maybe in a good way November 04, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/24/2018 to 12/21/2018 with

Sea Education Association: The Global Ocean

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was the hardest thing that I have ever done and I discovered so much of my own strength and identity but i was in a mentally poor place the entire time and did not feel supported.

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:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living on a boat is hard. Satisfaction wasn't ever on my plate.

* Food:

6 meals a day, and all really good!

* 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

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 bucks to none if we were in the ocean

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the amazing experience
  • the research
  • the interdisciplinary approach to a subject
* What could be improved?
  • the lack of emotional and social support
  • we didnt feel well held, we were anxious and scared but bc that was normalized there, no one helped
  • the cliquey feelings of your small floating island wherever it may take you
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I don't wish I knew anything more about it because I may not have followed through with it and then I would have missed this whole experience.

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.