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Larissa Pauli

Larissa Pauli

SEA Semester Class:

C-238 (Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean)


Colgate University


Peace and Conflict Studies/Environmental Geography

SEA Semester Research Focus:

Scientific Research - Population Density of Grouper and Lionfish
Humanities Research - Gang Violence in Jamaica

Why did you choose SEA Semester?

Studying abroad with SEA Semester was the most different study abroad experience I could find - the only one that I knew I wouldn’t be able to do after graduation. Where else would you be able to learn how to sail an 135 foot tall ship with the help of only the seven other people in your watch rotation?

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

Standing alone up on bow watch at 0400 with only the stars above you (that you frantically were learning how to identify for celestial navigation) and the bioluminescence trailing the dolphins jumping out of the water below (that you quietly but excitedly pointed out the other members of your watch) were the moments that I will remember most vividly.

What were the strongest aspects of SEA Semester?

The faculty is the most passionate, excited, and engaging group of people I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

What were the most challenging aspects of SEA Semester?

You would think that the claustrophobia of being on an 135 foot tall ship in the middle of the ocean sharing space with 30 other people would have been the most difficult thing to get used to but, for me, it was the heat that my little portable fan just could not keep out of my bunk.

Words of advice for future SEA Semester students?

Just do it! It will be the most rewarding and life changing experience you could ever imagine. Also, bring body wipes because the every-three-day-shower rule can get out of control sometimes.