Dr. Joshua Weil W-79 and his group of doctors just returned from Sri Lanka after providing medical relief to many of the tsunami victims and their families. I had the opportunity to talk with him via e-mail regarding his recent experience.
“ More than the adventure and academics that originally lured me to SEA, I was most impacted by the instructors’ commitment, expertise and intellectual-mindedness. They could have been successful at a million different careers, and they chose the sea. They encouraged us as individuals, exemplified how to come together as a crew and challenged us to stretch beyond our perceived limits and address our weaknesses.”
(W-178), Olympic Bronze Medalist
“ When I went to SEA, I had never been on a boat or really ever been to the East Coast. I wanted to take myself out of my element and challenge myself to succeed in new arenas. SEA taught me that in order to succeed you not only need dedication to hard work, but most importantly, you need to trust the people in the world around you to teach you how to succeed. By believing in the people around you, you can achieve far more than you can by yourself. "
(W-25) Best-selling Author of 16 novels, most recently Beach Girls and The Perfect Summer
“One of my favorite words, and states of being, is “inspired.” To inspire means, literally, to breathe life into, to impel, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration. I think back to the wind that long ago November night, when I wrote, ‘Soon I will be going out to sea. What will happen?’ Now I know: I was about to be inspired.”
(W-2), Founder of Mingan Island Cetacean Study
“When you are young and getting into college you have a suspected idea of what you may want to focus your studies on. My entire SEA experience helped me to realize that in fact science was the area I was passionate about pursuing.”