Over a year ago I fell completely in love.....with a study abroad program. This program is known as "Semester at Sea" and it is truly unlike any other study abroad experience available. After doing a boat load (haha) of research, I managed to discover additional aspects about the program that seemed to only further my fascination. However, I also realized that this adventure of a lifetime would be far beyond a reality for me due to financial reasonings. These realizations were a bit discouraging, but ultimately, they drove me to work even harder to ensure that I would end up taking part in such an amazing endeavor. I applied for every scholarship possible that was applicable to me (through both Semester at Sea & University of St. Thomas), along with many additional external scholarships, applied for an on "campus" (ship) work study position, I will be working 3 jobs this summer, and I also plan on remaining dedicated to a rather strict budget throughout the duration of my travels, while still taking part in as many cultural activities as I can. Despite all of these efforts, there is still plenty of funding that is simply non-existent. Through Semester at Sea, I will not only have the opportunity to see areas of the world that I would otherwise never be able to experience first-hand, but I get to do so while taking 4 different courses - Global Studies, Africa and the African Diaspora, World History, and Social Problems - all of which will add direct depth to my cultural awareness while traveling, and I get the chance to interact with and learn more about people from all across the world, enhancing my understanding of lifestyles unlike my own. I firmly believe that I will never be able to come across an opportunity like this further along the road in my life, and gaining a deeper understanding of societies unique from my own will have an immense impact on my future successes in the business world and my personal life as a whole. With the world as my classroom, I intend to absorb a plethora of knowledge from each destination, and I would love to continue to keep each of you updated (to the best of my abilities despite major lack of internet access on board) along the way! I have linked my personal blog that I will use while traveling across the world, including stories, updates, and plenty of photos. Feel free to travel along with me and experience the "Suite Life on Deck" through my eyes :) Thank you all so so so SO much for any contributions, and simply for your kind words and well wishes, this would not be possible without you!! Semester at Sea - "We define a “global citizen” as a person who is aware of one’s self, mindful of cultural influences, engaged in learning about and accepting of all people and places, has empathy toward others and has developed a global understanding of how we are all connected. We hope that students who sail will embrace and aspire toward these ideals."