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Christina Goethel

Christina Goethel

SEA Semester Class:

S-238 (Oceans & Climate)

College/University:

Smith College

Major/Minor:

Environmental Science/ Marine Science

SEA Semester Research Focus:

Scientific Research - Biological oceanography: Oxygen Minimum Zones and Myctopids

Why did you choose SEA Semester?

I love the ocean, traveling, and adventure. SEA Semester had all of that in one great package. I also learned how to sail which had been a goal/dream of mine for a long time.

What was the singular most memorable moment of your SEA Semester experience?

I think the best moments were sitting on deck at around 1900 when the sun was setting and it cast this beautiful glow across everything. The sails were illuminated perfectly and everyone was calm and happy. People were out singing or playing instruments or chatting. Those were great moments.

What were the strongest aspects of SEA Semester?

The faculty and the projects. I was exposed to scientfic methods and equipment at a time when I believe most science students have not had access to that type of equipment. The faculty were great and really vauled what we were doing and wanted us to be better.

What were the most challenging aspects of SEA Semester?

The most challenging aspects were adapting to boat life/time. Especially the time. I am very much a go to bed at 10 and get up at 8 sort of person.

Words of advice for future SEA Semester students?

Have fun! work hard! When it gets frustrating, just remember where you are and stop and take a second to enjoy what is around you.