Ihab Anwar recently completed what he is calling the most amazing experience of his life. He was a passenger on board the MV Explorer, which sailed around the world as part of the Semester at Sea program. He and hundreds of other students set sail from England on August 24, 2014, embarking on a voyage that lasted for 108 days and took them to fifteen different countries.
“The world was our classroom,” Ihab Anwar said shortly after he got back to the campus of the University of Rhode Island, where he is a student studying marine biology and journalism. He says that he is thinking about switching majors to political science.
The purpose of the Semester at Sea program, according to Ihab Anwar, is to expose students to a multi-cultural experience while preparing them for leadership roles. “I thought I was a pretty sophisticated guy before this,” he says. “I grew up in England with Saudi roots. I have an uncle in Houston, Texas, and I go to school in Rhode Island.” But he says the Semester at Sea program was eye-opening, and made him understand how little he appreciated the complexity and international relations, and the challenges of an increasingly interdependent world.
The students in the Semester at Sea program, says Ihab Anwar, take a full load of classes, with the focus on the countries they are visiting. Among the courses during the Fall 2014 semester were “Trans-Atlantic Film As History,” which was meant to expose students to the complexity of the human experience through film, and “Introduction to Public Health,” which introduced students to ideas of disease prevention and human health.
To know details visit Ihab Anwar’s website at: http://drihabanwar.com/