Written by: Owen Crean (Student)
It was the year 2000, and I was in 3rd grade.¬† At the time my class was actively engaged in following my grandparents‚Äô travels as they were participating in the program ‚ÄúSemester at Sea.‚Äù¬† We traced the countries that they visited on a map and received small gifts and items that they sent to us in the mail.¬† My extremely generous grandparents, Dennis and Marie Crean, set this up for my class so that we could learn about the world and various different cultures.¬† At the time it was very interesting, but I wasn‚Äôt completely aware of the incredible nature of the program.¬† Upon their return, I looked at pictures and heard stories of their unbelievable experience.¬† At this point, I knew Semester at Sea was a program that I would someday love to be a part of.
In January of this year, my grandparents told me that they were planning on going on the Semester at Sea Summer 2011 program as ‚Äúlifelong learners.‚Äù¬† Being veterans of the program, they were preparing for their third voyage with Semester at Sea (1992, 2000, 2011).¬† At this point, they presented me with an offer of a lifetime.¬† They invited me to join them on the Summer 2011 voyage!¬† Delighted and surprised, I immediately accepted their offer.¬† After all, how could I turn down traveling the Mediterranean while receiving a great education and spending time with my grandparents?
When I was fifteen my grandparents took me on a trip to Italy, so I knew that traveling with them would be fun, regardless of the destination.¬† The fact that it would be with Semester at Sea was just a bonus.
After being on the ship for only a couple of weeks, the program has exceeded my expectations.¬† I have had a wonderful time meeting new people, learning new things, and spending time with my grandparents.¬† The knowledge that I have gained from the program and my grandparents is unparalleled.¬† I even got to help celebrate their 49th anniversary on the ship!
I couldn‚Äôt be more thankful for the experiences that my grandparents and Semester at Sea have provided for me.¬† The knowledge that I will carry on for the rest of my life is something that I could never have attained without such great people.