My interest to travel to Asia was sparked by a course in World Religions. I learned so much about the Ganges River and Varanasi, Shinto shrines, and Buddhist temples that I wanted to see them for myself.
The idea of being able to take a course entitled world religious architecture really grabbed my attention because it was so rooted in the cultures we were going to be exposed to. My family wasn't one for taking trips to countries on the other side of the world. It was a big deal for me to even consider doing something like this.
I didn't want to live with a family abroad and wanted to have my own space / room. One day I saw a flyer outside of my art history class room and knew it was the right program for me. After I researched more about Semester at Sea, there was no way I was going on any other study program.
It gave me the opportunity to see multiple countries on multiple continents. I was able to travel to Japan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, Kenya, South Africa, Brazil, and Cuba. By traveling on a ship and experiencing multiple countries in a short time you can really compare how people live and their cultures around the world. Besides... how cool is it to say you sailed around the world?