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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

August 07, 2018

Getting Our Careers in Gear

Max Schneider-White & Kaleigh Spencer, Germantown Friends-School & Northwestern Regional High School

SEA Semester

Above: Brooke checks out plankton in the microscope. Below: The group tries to roll a marble down the hill and into a bucket.

The day started with the normal morning routine. Once everyone had gotten out of bed, we learned our final knot for the program: the sheet bend. None of us could tell this knot apart from the bowline, but we believes the RAs that it was different. Our first event of the mornings was Oceans and Society, in which we learned about the history and culture of the Caribbean, namely Jamaica. We read the authors Mary Prince, and Jamaica Kincaid. From this we learned that Jamaican culture is a melting pot born of sugarcane plantations, that has since become one of the world's foremost culturally diverse places.

Next we did career day, where we heard from a bunch of people about their jobs in oceanography and related sciences. It was really interesting to hear about everyone's experiences, but one take away stood out: it's okay to not know what you're doing and just go with the flow man.. After lunch we presented in our group projects about the different forms of oceanography, which was very informative, and resulted in a nexus of categorizations.

After this we looked at plankton through microscopes. We got to see all sorts of little critters, from larval shrimp to isopods. Later in the day, as our final activity, we rolled a marble into a can, but the catch was that it couldn't touch the ground, and we had to use PVC pipes. We couldn't touch the marble,. and we had to role it over a moderately high rope. That's all folks!

- Max & Kaleigh

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