Point of View: Student at sea is at home in the world

The author is a graduate of Shenendahowa High School who lives in Clifton Park. This is the second of three articles regarding her experiences during her semester at sea. The first article appeared in print Aug. 20 and is available at www.spotlightnews.com. The third article will appear in a future edition of The Spotlight.

The last time I wrote, it was two weeks before I took off on a voyage around the world on a 921-passenger ship called the MV Explorer. Since I left two months ago, I have already been to six countries including Canada, Spain, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, and Mauritius. The voyage has been a rocky one, literally, but also an incredible experience more than I could have ever imagined.

When I first arrived in Nova Scotia, Canada, with my family in late August, I had no idea of what was to come. I remember walking through the city of Halifax wondering if the person in front of me was someone I'd being living with for the next three and a half months. In the halls of the Westin Hotel, I would pass by hundreds of people, thinking that in a matter of days, even hours, I will be able to build a relationship with that person that could last a lifetime. It was a scary thought to me leaving my own family without any idea or expectations to go and build a new kind of family with people who live all over the world.

On the 28th, I took my first step in the doors of the MV Explorer. At first I was nervous, but within seconds I met a cute boy who insisted on carrying my bags to my cabin for me. That, to me, was the perfect start to the voyage. I walked into my cabin, but my roommate had already dropped off her bags and left. I wandered around the ship, joining in on conversations and sitting out on the back deck at the water thinking, 'This is the view I will see every morning " the clear blue waters of the ocean.'"

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