Semester at Sea is a unique educational program, in that it provides students the opportunity to not only receive and continue a high-quality education, but also to obtain a real, hands-on understanding of the complexities of international relations. This highly experiential academic adventure, available to only a limited few each and every semester, is designed to provide students like Ihab Anwar a better opportunity to become more impactful and more effective global citizens, exposing them to places, cultures and realties that will create more thoughtful, globally-minded decision-makers well into the future.
Ihab Anwar spent the Fall 2014 semester participating in the Semester at Sea program, a 108 day long adventure that took place aboard the MV Explorer cruise vessel. All-in-all, the Semester at Sea students were provided the chance to visit 15 countries along the coast of Europe, the United States and the Bahamas, including 17 separate ports with cultural and historical significance.
“My parents were a little skeptical when I mentioned the opportunity at first,’ notes Ihab Anwar, who chronicled his Semester at Sea adventure at great length in a personal journal. “When they discovered the considerable opportunity for learning, as well as the immense horizon-broadening potential the trip could provide me, they came on board.”
The Semester at Sea voyage, while a powerful educational opportunity, also provides students like Ihab Anwar the chance to cultivate relationships with fellow scholars; to share truly bonding experiences with others in a very real and exciting setting. One such relationship was formed for Anwar with a young American student named Jenna, who he recalls fondly to this day.