7 Unforgettable Moments for New Voyagers

Sailing on a ship is an exciting experience, but when you sail for the first time on Semester at Sea, every moment is unforgettable. Before making landfall in St. Petersburg, Russia, students on the Fall 2014 voyage are already making the most of this journey and soaking up the moments that make the MV Explorer […]

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Who is Fall 2014?

The 117th voyage of Semester at Sea is underway but who is aboard the MV Explorer? The Fall 2014 voyage enrolled 629 students from 251 colleges and universities.  The average student grade point average is 3.3 and student-declared majors number over 50.  One-quarter of students are business-related majors, 15% are communications-related majors, and 7% report […]

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Classes that Count

Whether contributing toward their major, minor, or lifelong passion, students selected from 77 courses offered on the Fall 2014 voyage to make every minute of their schedules count. The semester opened aboard the MV Explorer with classes as diverse as the students attending them. With concentrations in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business curriculums, the […]

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Kelly Adams-Smith: From One Voyager to Another

Painting a vivid image of land fading slowly into the distance, Kelly Adams-Smith recalls her own departure with Semester at Sea in Fall 1988 – an experience the shipboard community would echo only hours later. As Adams-Smith opened as keynote speaker for the Fall 2014 voyage she candidly recalls emotions of nervousness and excitement from […]

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Fall 2014 Embarkation: Backpacks, Books, and Luggage

The Port of Southampton was abustle with incoming voyagers on August 23rd. From around the world, 629 college students traveled to England ready to embark on the Fall 2014 voyage of Semester at Sea. The 108 day voyage will take students, lifelong learners, faculty, and staff to 16 countries across the Atlantic Ocean. With smiles […]

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Student View: Nothing Should Stop You from Pursuing Your Dreams

Editor’s Note: At the end of each SAS voyage, a convocation is held in the Union to celebrate the end of a successful semester. For the Summer 2014 voyage, faculty chose Sarah Lindner to deliver a speech on behalf of the student body. Here’s what she had to say about overcoming fears and pursuing dreams: […]

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Student View: Everyone Should Visit a Concentration Camp

“Everyone should visit a concentration camp.” This is something my dad, a history major from the U.S. Naval Academy, has told me ever since we moved from Germany when I was 13, not having visited one. So, when I saw that a visit to the former German concentration camp of Stutthof was one of field lab […]

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Preserving Semester at Sea Memories in Print and Video Journals

Whether it’s pen to notebook, paintbrush to paper, or digital video to computer, students on the Summer 2014 voyage have created poignant documentation of their new experiences, friendships and adventures — on and off the ship in the past 10 weeks. Here’s a glimpse of just a few ways some creative voyagers are making keepsakes […]

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An Up-Close Look at Education and Social Change in Poland

Students in Dan Garvey’s “Theory and Practice of Social Change” class got a fascinating firsthand view of not only how education in Poland evolved after the fall of communism in 1989, but also an insider’s look into the operations of the Polish Naval Academy (PNA). The academy in Gydina, Poland educates approximately 4,000 civilian students, […]

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