It may seem a long way from spending nights in the Caribbean on an 88-ft schooner to working days as a financial analyst in the Investigative Division of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, but that’s the journey Barbara made.
It’s a course Sea|mester helped her chart.
“I’d just completed my freshman year at Princeton and was operating on autopilot in the comfort zone of a small college campus.”
Sea|mester changed all that.
“It completely altered my perception of myself. Sea|mester had me trying things I’d never done before, and gave me real confidence in my ability to tackle challenges well beyond my comfort zone. I developed a totally new perspective and sense of motivation that sticks with me to this day. Our Captain used to tell us if we wanted to take a nap, save it for when we got home. This was the only time we were going to be in such an amazing place doing such amazing things.”
“I’d often sleep in a hammock on deck and get up at 5:45am so I could see the sunrise. And I’d wake up with such a terrific sense of excitement and energy that lasted throughout the day. I remember on our first night passage to Dominica, it was a 12-hour passage over really choppy water, and most of us were getting seasick. And I remember thinking that if I were just along for the ride I might have focused on how sick I felt, but instead I was entirely focused on the mission – it was incredible to be a part of the team that would bring Ocean Star safely to her destination that night. It didn’t hurt that the stars were beautiful along the way.”
“I still feel this heightened awareness of the possibilities of life, and I owe that to my summer with Sea|mester.”