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Alex Sandoval

Alex Sandoval

SEA Semester Class:

S-231 (Ocean Exploration)


Lafayette College



SEA Semester Research Focus:

The SOFAR Channel and Acoustics

Why did you choose SEA Semester?

I want to have a career in oceanography and SEA Semester gave me that chance to do real research and get out on the ocean.

What were the strongest aspects of SEA Semester?

That it was so intense. You really are challenged to see if this type of work is something you really love. Plus the personnel are great. Supportive yet stern. You are given independence to sink or swim on your own at times.

What were the most challenging aspects of SEA Semester?

What were the most challenging aspects of SEA Semester? Grasping sailing. As a person who had never sailed before or even set foot on a sailboat it was the most challenging. However, it was fantastic when I was JWO and it just all clicked.

Words of advice for future SEA Semester students?

Take the time to appreciate where you are and what you are doing when the going gets tough. Very few people do what you do or can see what you see. The classes are supposed to be hard, the challenges are supposed to seem insurmountable, the weather is not supposed to be good all the time, your not supposed to smell pretty after 3 weeks on the ocean. It all seems so big but by the time you are done all of it will be a fantastic memory that will make your eyes tear when you think about it.