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Wei Xin

Wei Xin

SEA Semester Class:

S-230 (Summer Session)


Smith College


Biology, Economics

SEA Semester Research Focus:

Relationships between DIC and POC in the North Pacific Ocean

Why did you choose SEA Semester?

It seems to be a unique opportunity of adventure, challenges and knowledge.

What were the strongest aspects of SEA Semester?

For me, it’s living together with our shipmates. Sharing the responsibility of watches, helping out each other, encouraging others and being encouraged. Secondly, getting to know how scientific research is conducted in the field, and learning how real-world science data is different from text book science.

What were the most challenging aspects of SEA Semester?

The academic work for both shore component and sea component. Reasonable management of time between watch responsibility and scientific research.

Words of advice for future SEA Semester students?

Be prepared for the hard work. Be ready to cooperate with other people all the time. I was told at the beginning of the trip that nothing could be accomplished alone here. It is absolutely true and it is one of the things that you appreciate most. You’ll love SEA Semester.