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Stonehill College Students Make Strong Showing at SEA Semester
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SEA Semester Immerses Stonehill Students in Oceanography and Nautical Science Leadership
Stonehill College News
For many, it’s an irresistible call: The opportunity to study for six weeks at the world-renowned Sea Education Association (SEA), which happens to be little more than an hour from Easton, followed by a month aboard a tall ship research vessel off the coasts of Fiji, New Zealand, or the Caribbean.
“I’ve never learned so much in such a short period of time,” said Kate Morneault ’16, an accounting major and environmental studies minor whose adventure led her to the South Pacific off the coast of New Zealand. “It was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life. I learned that I can do anything I put my mind to.”
Full of positive energy and frequent smiles, the CCC (Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean) students boarded the SSV Corwith Cramer this afternoon, and our Sea Component began. The first days aboard are busy ones for the students as they’re exposed to the language, etiquette and culture of this new environment.
Haere mai ki Aotearoa (Welcome to New Zealand)
The students, faculty, and crew of S-277, The Global Ocean New Zealand, have all arrived aboard SSV Robert C. Seamans, docked in Auckland. Following two full days of intensive ship training, coupled with visits to a local Maori community and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, we will set sail for the Bay of Islands.
S-277: The Global Ocean
The students of S-277, The Global Ocean, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland, New Zealand on February 13th. They will depart the ship in Christchurch on March 23rd, after port stops in Russell, Wellington, and Dunedin.
C-277: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean
The students of C-277, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer on February 13th in San Juan. They will depart in Key West on March 24th after port stops in St. John, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and Jamaica.
Caribbean Reef Expedition: Week 11 (At sea, Puerto Rico)
Zoya Buckmire, of St. George’s University in Grenada, talks completing her final academic assignments and Caribbean Reef Expedition’s conclusion in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Caribbean Reef Expedition: Week 10 (At sea, Barbuda)
Gretchen Beehler, of Purdue University, describes snorkeling the coral reefs around Barbuda as part of SEA Semester’s Caribbean Reef Expedition.
End of Caribbean Reef Expedition C-276
The crew of the Corwith Cramer has arrived in San Juan to mark the end of SEA Semester’s first Caribbean Reef Expedition program. All hands had a great time snorkeling and sailing in the waters of Grenada, St. Vincent, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, and the USA.
We have spent the last couple of days sailing our way to Puerto Rico. Last night was our last dawn watch for C-watch and the last watch we will ever have on this boat L. Dawn watch is always difficult but we kept ourselves awake with puppy chow and just making each other laugh. After six hours of making up songs and just being loopy, all our dreams came true when at 0640 a bunch of dolphins came to play in our ship’s wake!
Fair Winds Salps, Secchi, and S-276
Today is the day, we set sail but this time not on a six-week adventure in the South Pacific, but instead we set sail back home, returning to our universities, transferring to new universities or starting Basic Training. No matter where we are going, we, the students of S-276, will always be taking the memories and experiences with us in ways we have never known coming into this before.