Working for Semester at Sea voyage was an incredibly formative and interesting professional experience for me that I wouldn’t trade for anything; but it is not a ‘typical’ job. Semester at Sea is truly one of the most unique professional environments I can imagine, and the culture of this workplace might not be a great fit for every person. Find out what it is really like to working on a floating university for 4 months with this honest and open post from a former Semester at Sea staff member.
Imagine the stress that comes with packing for a 4 month trip to 3 different continents with 3 completely different climates. That is what it feels like to pack for Semester at Sea. It’s a lot to think about! I know because I have done it two Semester at Sea voyages! I am here to share my wisdom as a two time Semester at Sea alumna to help ensure you pack just right for your voyage of a lifetime!
Prior to starting my Semester at Sea voyage, I was searching all over the Internet for any and every piece of information I could find about how to prepare for the voyage. Most of YouTube videos or blog posts that I found didn’t have super useful tips about how to really prepare for the experience which inspired me to write this blog post! I completed my first Semester at Sea voyage as a student in Fall 2010 and recently sailed again as a staff member on the Spring 2019 voyage. I want to share what I’ve learned about Semester at Sea to empower future voyagers to come onto the ship as prepared as possible!
Leading up to my second voyage with Semester at Sea, I have spent time reflecting on what my goals for this journey around the world are and how they differ from my first voyage. There are plenty of lessons I learned from my first Semester at Sea experience that I want to use to deepen my experience on my second SAS voyage.
I did my first Semester at Sea voyage as a senior in college, which proved to be a life-changing experience for me. I have been dreaming of working for Semester at Sea ever since then, and finally that day has come. Find out how I will be embarking on my second Semester at Sea voyage in a just a few months!
As a senior in college, I embarked on a journey around the world that would prove to change my life. I went on Semester at Sea. In Fall of 2010, I visited 12 destinations on 4 continents in 4 months. These are the highlights from each destination on my voyage with Semester at Sea.
To this day, I have people ask me why I decided to do Semester at Sea and if I regret not going to a specific country to study instead. The answer is an obvious and resounding no. I regret nothing about Semester at Sea and I wholeheartedly stand behind my decision. I know 100% that this was the right program…