On Friday, members of the Student Government (including myself!) were invited to attend Semester at Sea‘s Open Ship at Cape Town Harbour.
This is us being all touristy-like:
This is the ship:
Semester at Sea is just that: it allows students the opportunity of a semester abroad… abroad in various places. It is affiliated with the University of Virginia, and has excellent courses available.
And I want to go. Next year, 9 January to 25 April.
The itinerary includes San Diago, Hawaii, Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Mauritius, South Africa (!!!), Ghana, Morocco and Spain. The great thing about SAS is that they take “service learning” very seriously. So you don’t just visit these places for the fun of it; you also visit them to learn.
And that’s my kinda travelling.
Here’s the other awesome thing: The Academic Dean for the specific voyage is Dr Sharon Hostler. She is a professor in pediatrics, and one of her niches is outreach to rural underserved children.
This Friday, I am going to meet with my faculty’s assistant registrar. Our school doesn’t readily allow students to just leave for three months… BUT, I have a plan! It is quite a complex plan, but it will work, and it will make me a better student and a better doctor and this the only thing I want to think of right now.
Which is making studying extremely difficult.