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Spring 2015 Embarkation: Why SAS?



Jan 9, 2015

Student Life

Spring 2015 Embarkation: Why SAS?


The port of Ensenada, Mexico stood prepared for the 629 students arriving from San Diego on ten buses. This group of anxious students would soon board a ship filled with faculty, staff, and crew members – all about to form one single, cohesive community aboard the MV Explorer.


As the students arrived, passport in hand and new best friend by their side, it was clear that they were about to enter a new world, a world of opportunity. The adventure begins, as they embark on a journey around the world, visiting 15 cities, in 12 different counties, over 112 days with Semester at Sea.

Boarding the ship the question was posed, “Why SAS?” Why choose this brave voyage above all other study abroad options? The answers vary, but the enthusiasm and clarity does not. Monica Fezuk, from Texas State University, response was simple,I chose SAS because of the classes that are offered. I’m a marine biology major in Texas. This was perfect”. Raisa Alstodt, from Saint Leo University, answered just as unwavering, “I’m a tourism major, SAS is literally the perfect choice for me”.

Photos by Evan Meyer
Photos by Evan Meyer

Juliette Alfaro, from Panama and Loyola University Chicago, said she chose Semester at Sea to “go back and see my country differently. To compare all of the different ports and countries and be able to go home and see everything with a new perspective.” While Eliana Geller, from the University of Michigan, expressed that she “just couldn’t get excited about any one place to spend four months” and that SAS was the perfect way to “grow and interact with other cultures”. Oswaldo Chavez, from Lindenwood University, also shared his reason for joining the SAS family, “What a great opportunity to travel the world with more than 600 other students! I’ve never been to these countries and I hope to see every country in the world before I get married.”

Why SAS? The responses may sound different, but the ambition and purpose is the same – to travel the world and make new friends, to receive some of the best academic instruction from world-class faculty, and to compare multiple different cultures across the globe.



  1. Andrew Bailey
    January 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm


    Thanks for the blog. Our son, Ricky Bailey, is on this voyage. Our oldest son, Andy, was on Spring 2011 – and we never saw any pix of him on SAS blog the whole time. If you come across him, could you please see that he makes it into some of the pix?


    Drew Bailey

  2. Kristen Webster
    January 20, 2015 at 9:07 pm


    What a great opportunity for Ricky! We will do our best to capture him in some of the pictures. Be sure to look for pictures of him on our social media sites as well!

  3. Barbara Allen Livingston
    January 18, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I am so excited for my grandson, JoVanni Allen, who is on this voyage.
    I am enjoying reading your blog, thank you for the news from the MV Explorer.
    I know his parents, his sister, Mataya, his Pops and myself would love to see
    at least one picture of him, with Dallas, his room mate.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    JoVanni’s Nana, Barbara

  4. Steve
    January 19, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Kelcie Kempenich- USA Today, college addition, is following the trip!

  5. Diana Pisco
    January 20, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    So thrilled that my daughter Raelyn Pisco Eckert is on this journey with her new best friend and cabin mate, Madison… : )
    Thank you for this blog site and yes, I too, hope to see a pic of Raelyn at some point in this epic journey y’all are on.

  6. Rose Kamau
    January 31, 2015 at 3:55 am

    I am proud of my niece Kaiulani Kamau, she has worked so hard and deserves this study abroad. God bless her and travel mercies over all of them. Thank you for sharing her story.

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