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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 14, 2019

My World is Sideways

Liz Leadley, B Watch, Olin College of Engineering

We've got gimbals on our tables... and our crew.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
36°14.3’S x 165°42.8’W

Middle of Nowhere, South Pacific



Souls on board

Aboard Seamans, my world has been pretty thoroughly tilted, both literally and figuratively. On the literal side, the wave swells have been rolling the boat side to side nearly constantly, which makes standing up straight... an event. More figuratively, however, this ship has offered me a vastly new perspective for self-reflection.

One of our major community goals - which we have printed and posted all over - is ‘being better people,’ which I've tried to embrace wholeheartedly. To start with, I'm the procrastinator type: if an assignment isn't due for three days, it's not getting started until midnight in two. That... doesn't really work when you have a watch schedule to keep. I've been doing crazy things like sleeping when I'm tired, rather than when my eyes close on my
book at two a.m.

It’s not only about me, myself, and I, either. Captain Jay describes it at the triplet of ‘ship, shipmate, self,’ where no one can be healthy without the other two. Shipmates are always looking to support each other; if there’s a task in progress, there’s probably a few people passing by who offer to help with it. It’s been great to both offer help without feeling pushy, and be able to ask for help more freely.

There’s also been some great time for simple reflection. Well, there never just is time for anything, but we’ve made time for it. The whole community here has been great about feedback, which is exactly what I look for to know how I’m doing at the whole ‘being better’ thing. I try to stay true to being ‘myself,’ but this unique environment has let me question what parts of that are who I really want to be. Thanks, SEA.

- Liz Leadley, B Watch, Olin College of Engineering

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: s285  study abroad  life at sea • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by susie caspar on April 26, 2019

hi Liz,
After a record-breaking snowy winter in Jackson Hole, WY, we are back in Dover, and missing our dinners and hot tubbing with you!
Are you seeing any whales (ie Moby Dick) or other large sea creatures?
Count on us to be there when you land back in Boston, so we can hear all about your adventures at sea.
Have you learned to like eating seafood yet???
xoxox love aunt susie



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