As a new installment, the Semester at Sea blog will be featuring a Top-Ten list each Tuesday which highlights a different aspect of this study abroad program.¬† Many of the lists will be compiled by conducting polls, both formally and informally, of the shipboard community.¬† For our first feature, we asked students, faculty, staff and Lifelong Learners what they did to prepare for the journey.¬† The answers are in no particular order, with the exception of number ten, which was a student favorite.
- Make copies of passports, Driver‚Äôs Licenses, vaccination cards, visas, credit cards and insurance cards.¬† Leave one set of copies with someone trusted at home, and bring one set on the ship
- Speak to people who had sailed on previous voyages about what to expect
- Create a budget to maximize the opportunities in which one can participate
- Bring snacks
- Attend send-off parties, open-ships, and welcome receptions prior to sailing to meet the community, and when possible, view the MV Explorer
- Stock up on books, playing cards and other ‚Äúwireless‚Äù means of entertainment
- Start a blog to share the voyage with those at home
- Compare packing lists with other voyagers
- Learn to pack light (or not pack light and get some strength training in)
- Check the voyage Facebook group often and ask questions on the wall*
*We are glad you found it helpful.¬† The Facebook group for the current voyage can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/126876315511/¬† Those of you preparing for Spring 2012, be sure to check http://www.facebook.com/groups/115012201868356/¬† for updates and useful tips.