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SEA Currents: Jul 2015


Bach Tong, B Watch, Bard College
Historic Seaports of Western Europe

Within a couple of weeks of her mother’s passing, Emily Dickinson concludes a letter to her cousins-Louise and Frances Norcross-with an admissive manner: “I cannot tell how eternity seems. It sweeps around me like a sea.” I remember concluding my admission essay for SEA with the same quote. To me, as it was then, the sea is one way of understanding eternity-its sweeping motion and endlessness, the expansive quality of which renders the heart an abundance from a sense of perspective of its insignificance.


Jul

31

Alex Saad and Amanda Wan, Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and Belmont High School
SEA Semester

After a long week of early wake-ups, we finally had the opportunity to sleep in an hour later with a wake up call at 8:30. Waking up, after much needed sleep, refreshed our minds in preparation for a long and productive day. We started our day with an admissions councilor for the SEA Semester trips who talked to us about the opportunities they offered us as undergrads.

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Taylor Smith, Harding University
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Many things have changed since we boarded the Robert C. Seamans. Our hair is lighter or in some cases shorter. Our skin is darker. Our hands are callused. We now know the names of all the sails on the ship and how they are set and struck. People will never be able to watch Pirates of the Caribbean with us ever again without us muttering about which sails they are using and being plunged back into memories of the sea.


Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu
SEA Semester

When Ben Lecomte dives into water off Tokyo, Japan in September and attempts to swim across the entire Pacific Ocean, he won’t only be pursuing a world-record-breaking feat of athleticism.

Ben says the swim is simply a way to get people’s attention; his real goal is to raise public awareness about the ocean and threats to the marine environment. That is something that he and SEA have in common. Ben and his support team will be partnering with SEA scientists to add to our extensive body of research on ocean plastics pollution. 

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Nikki Caspers, Connecticut College
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

I’m going to tell you a secret. It’s a secret that all the students on this ship keep and though this could be taken as an act of betrayal to my fellow peeps, I’m in desperate need of a good blog story. So here it is The Truth.

Lookout is a trap.


Kyle T. Johnson, C Watch, New College of Florida

The date is July 30th, exactly one month from when I turned 20 on June 30th. It is a true testament to the range of things that can be accomplished in only a month’s time, because I find it staggeringly difficult to look that far back into the past and fathom the places that I have seen and the skills that I have learned. While I cannot speak for the rest of my crew and the good company on board the Cramer, I must admit that S.E.A. has whirred me into a hopeless love and appreciation with the arts of sailing and of the sea.


Rachel Knauerhase
SEA Semester

We woke up bright and early to a breakfast of eggs and toast. We went to the classroom and were met by Jeffrey Brodeur who spoke to us about plastics in the ocean. Then we all walked to Racing Beach with Jeff and did a beach clean up. In total we all collected 36 pounds of trash, comprised of 1036 pieces. Next, we went back to campus for free time and a lunch of grilled cheese.

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Avery Birch , Dalhousie University
Historic Seaports of Western Europe

It blows my mind how a group of 27 people who have never met before; or crew who has; can begin a trip not knowing each other, and end up forming such a tight intertwined connection.

Everyone on this ship is weird and quirky; I would not want it any other way.


Jul

29

Annie Curtis-Dyck, St. Clements School
SEA Semester

We began our day with a nice bowl of cereal and had little time before our very busy day of classes began. The first class that we had focused on ocean conflicts and the importance of the navy in today’s society, as well as in the past. After this, we had the pleasure to hear a lecture by Greg Bergman about Cape Cod geology in which we learned about the erosion that is occurring and the prevention methods that are being used throughout this region.

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Jan Witting, Chief Scientist
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

As we sailed from Honolulu, we knew we were headed into a Pacific in the midst of an El Nino episode.  During these episodes that occur every three to four years some unusual winds allow warm water from the extreme Western Pacific manages to flow toward the Americas.  We are now in the middle of this pool of much warmer than usual water that, acting in conjunction with the atmosphere, rules our daily weather.


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