Before Embarkation

On September 13, 2015 I will be boarding the World Odyssey along with other 750 students approximately. I plan on maintaining this blog on a regular basis and in this first post, let me give you a brief introduction about how my journey is going to be at Semester At Sea (SAS).

SAS is a study abroad program, which gives one an amazing opportunity to circumnavigate the globe in 100 days while visiting 13 cities in 11 different countries. The level of excitement for this is unparalled. I won’t make you too jealous by revealing all the amazing things out here as this is only the begining. Stay tuned to know how I am dealing with my inner crisis of focusing on studies while staring at the endless sea. As for now, let the journey begin!

Let me start off by briefly telling you about my travel plan. I have created an itinerary that gives basic details about my most awaited trip of life.

Itinerary

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The most important part of my journey was to come up with a feasible idea for being the Presidential Scholar. Thankfully, I was selected and was awarded the prestigious Presidential Scholarship that covers all my expenses such as tuition and living expenses. I know this is beyond awesome especially when I got to know that I was one of the only two students who where awarded this prestigious scholarship.

So what we needed to do was to create an action plan that we will be executing during this voyage. Hold now till I reveal more cards to you. For now, I can only tell that I will be surely talking about my action plan in the upcoming blog.

Insight into my curriculum

I will be taking up 12 credit hours during this semester. Being an economics major I am taking two economics classes, one business class and one global lens (elective) class. These are as follows.

SEMS 106- Development Economics

SEMS 104- Consumer Behavior

SEMS 107- International Economics

ANTH 503- Introduction to Anthropology

The way these classes work is different. We will only be having classes on the days when we are travelling from one country to another. But when we are in a port we don’t have any classes. So, we will have A day and B day. No weekends and no weekdays. I have two of my classes on A day and another two classes on B day.

Contact Information While on Sea

The best way to reach out to me is to email me on nikhil.bansal.fa15@semesteratsea.org.

SAS gives us free and unlimited access to this email. The Internet access is very limited and it’s really expensive to buy Internet on board.

I know this seems like a dream and yes it is. You surely want to know how I ended up having this once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity. So, here’s my story.

From a student to a Presidential Scholar

The most important part of my journey was to come up with a feasible idea for being the Presidential Scholar. Thankfully, I was selected and was awarded the prestigious Presidential Scholarship that covers all my expenses such as tuition and living expenses. I know this is beyond awesome especially when I got to know that I was one of the only two students who where awarded this prestigious scholarship.

So what we needed to do was to create an action plan that we will be executing during this voyage. Hold now till I reveal more cards to you. For now, I can only tell that I will be surely talking about my action plan in the upcoming blog.

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A quick look at my new college campus

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