SEA Currents: SEASCape
July 19, 2018
The Sun Sets on SEASCape Session 1
It seems like only yesterday this blog was talking about our first full day, then our halfway point, but today we completed the final full day of SEASCape Session 1 2018. There have been laughs aplenty, much sweat and grime, maybe a little bit of blood, and some tears, with more to come. The uncertainty and nervousness we all carried into the first day soon melted away, to be replaced by joy, friendship, and excitement throughout these 18 days. From tossing a frisbee as a group to countless games of cards to every communal meal, we have grown closer than any of us expected to at first. From lectures to labs to beach research to podcasts to debates, we have learned so much while having tons of fun. From fireworks to museums to boating trips, we have had as much fun off-campus as on, if not more.
We woke up at 7:30 as usual today, and ate a delicious breakfast of English muffins, eggs, sausages, bacon, and home fries. At 8:15 we mustered outside and learned of our responsibilities for “field day,” meaning our deep clean of the houses. I (Jeremy) chose to do bathrooms, meaning I had to wipe down everything with a sponge, clean out the toilet and the shower, clean the shower mat and curtain, clean the mirrors, take out the trash, and clean the trash can. I (Maria) was on kitchen/dishes. We cleaned all of the dishes, then wiped and organized the entire kitchen.
As all of that happened, we trekked up to the Madden Center one by one for our binder reviews with Liz, Hayley, Maia, and Hazel. It seemed scary, but in reality, we just talked to them about our general impressions of the classes, the workload, the experience, and the program in general. After individual chores were done, we also had to pack all of our stuff and clean our rooms. We wiped every surface, vacuumed the floor and under the beds, dealt with the trash, and made them generally shipshape. Lunch was leftovers, and afterward, we donned our tie-dye shirts and went up to the Madden Center for graduation.
Liz called our names one by one, and we received some cool swag. My (Maria) favorite thing was the super-awesome insulated SEA-branded drawstring bag. On the outside, it had a cool little science-themed pin, and inside was a bunch of information on how to apply for future SEA programs. My (Jeremy) favorite was the little green pin that marks us as SEA alums. I’m sure I will see some in the most unlikely places now that I’ll be on the lookout for them. We also received a cool SEA poster.
After that, the afternoon was wet and wild. We had house Olympics, consisting of 6 events. First was a relay race where each leg was a different marine animal imitation. Our house (B) won handily. Then came a slackjaw dance-off where the key was keeping a straight face. That one was a tie. Third was a wheelbarrow race, which A house won. After that we attempted a tug of war, but the rope snapped immediately, which was funny, but it gave a few people some mild rope burns. Then we had a contest to see who could put on a frozen t-shirt, and we won by smashing it on hot asphalt and pulling it apart. The final event was a sponge relay race, and despite my (Jeremy) valiant last-second effort, A house won to end the Olympics 2 wins apiece.
After that, the RAs brought out ammunition for a giant water fight. We had sponges and reusable water balloons, which is a cool concept, but they kinda hurt. After we were all thoroughly soaked, we set up a small slip and slide and had even more fun, before cleaning up the lawn, showering, and eating popsicles. The next order of business was a gathering at the Madden Center to watch a beautiful photo montage put together by Lily and Alanna. We still had some time before dinner, so we played a round of Mafia, which some people got really into.
Jamie went all out for our last dinner, making delicious homemade pizza.
At 7:30 we made the short walk to Racing Beach for the final time. We socialized and chatted as the sun began to set. It was the pure beauty of the fading light in the colorful sky that inspired the title of this blog. When we came back, we had s’mores, which was a fitting end to a great day and a great few weeks.
I think everyone can honestly say that these have been some of the best days of our lives, and even the simplest memories will stay with us for a long, long time. As we go to sleep tonight, I feel certain that the thought of this tight-knit group breaking up tomorrow will bring us all sorrow. I think we speak for everyone in thanking our wonderful RAs, Ruth, Sophie, Emma, and especially Jamie, who cooked us so many delectable meals. Also we want to thank Hazel for taking care of us, Maia and Hayley for teaching us, and Liz for supervising the whole thing. Additionally all of the outside people who helped us learn, from NASA to Friends of Nobska Light to all of our tour guides at various museums and labs. Each and every one of these individuals and groups helped make SEASCape an experience of a lifetime, and one that we all will surely be sad to leave. Before we say goodbye, we also want to thank you all: our families and friends. We literally couldn't have done it without you, and we owe you the world. It's been a hell of a ride, folks. Let's go out and make the world, and the ocean, a better place.
- Jeremy Green, Edmund Burke School
- Maria Pagliaro, Sacred Heart Academy