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

Did I mention I have never been on a ship before this? Well unless you count the Minne-Ha-Ha in Lake George. I doubt a three-hour tour can be compared to living on a ship for three and a half months. The first couple of days on the ship, a lot of people were getting sea sick, but I toughed out and tried holding off on those seasickness pills.

The deans were the first faculty we met, one even made sure he greeted everyone as they entered the ship on the first day. During the orientation, we were able to meet the rest of the faculty and, of course, Captain Jeremy. Captain Jeremy is quite the character. He's that voice you hear calmly announcing a fire drill, the man with a monotone that both students and faculty will later impersonate. Still he is willing to paint himself green and piece his ears to transform himself into King Neptune for when we cross the equator on Neptune Day. Neptune Day was a morning of ceremonies for those who have never crossed the equator by ship before. There was a "baptism," where you got fish guts dumped on your head before jumping into the pool.

After being "baptized" you had to greet King and Queen Neptune (aka the captain and Dean Rita). Those who had the courage had their heads shaved. Surprisingly a quarter of those who got their heads shaved were girls. I was not part of that group.

The very second we walked on the ship, the ship's staff changed our outlook on our own moms and grandmothers " making them look bad. They make our beds, vacuum our floors and always make sure we have clean towels every day. When we eat, they pick up our plates and ask us if we would like anything else to eat or drink, and even bring us dessert. If there is a spill, they clean it up or if someone is walking to a table they'll carry the plate for them and even push in their chair. Yes, we are spoiled, but think about it as though the staff is taking care of the ship not spoiling the students. They clean our rooms because they think if they don't, we won't either (well, yeah, that is correct). Since there is no washer or dryer available to the students and faculty, they have to bring us fresh towels, otherwise everything would smell like fish. When it comes to the kitchen, the staff definitely does more than they have to, but I learned that they take the plates and cups from us because certain things are able to go into the ocean, but if we don't separate our food from our paper and plastic, then it makes it harder later on when we are trying to dispose of our waste.

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