Floating through the Semester

Senior Lauren Donovan found herself floating through spring semester. That’s because Lauren, a psychology major, was enrolled in Semester-at-Sea, an international program that combines academics and world travel by ship for fulltime students from accredited colleges and universities. Lauren spent nearly four months at sea during spring semester, traveling to Spain, Morocco and Namibia, and more than a half dozen other countries. She and her more than 700 other Semester-at-Sea classmates began their travels by ship in January in the Bahamas. Their semester afloat ended in early May when they disembarked in Fort Lauderdale (FL) after a 108-day voyage.

“I was attracted to Semester-at Sea because of the classes offered and the opportunity to travel to 11 countries on a ship,” Lauren said. “There were so many amazing things that I never thought I’d see or do in my lifetime, like climbing the Great Wall in China, hiking Table Mountain in Cape Town and hiking through an active volcano in Guatemala. We also went ‘sandboarding’ in Namibia and saw the cherry blossoms in Japan, which are in bloom only about two weeks each year. In India, we visited a neighborhood on the ocean where the tsunami hit a few years ago and we volunteered for a day at Mother Teresa's orphanage in Chennai. Semester-at-Sea really opens your eyes and your mind.”

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews