Passports

Dispatches from Abroad

Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 7:24 p.m.

Meet Jenny, studying at sea

It’s spring semester, which means a huge wave of students have or are about to set off around the world for exciting semesters abroad. Here at The Hatchet we like to keep in touch with our staff members who go abroad, and throughout the semester, they will be sending updates to our Passports blog as well as some pieces in print.

Jenny Avallon

Jenny Avallon
Junior | Political Communication
Semester at Sea
Destinations: Hawaii, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana and Brazil

Coming from a family of lobstermen in coastal Massachusetts, I was boating before I could walk. So the lure of spending four months at sea was simply irresistible to a water child like me. Despite resistance from GW, I was able to ensure that this program satisfied the study abroad office’s requirements. When I embark on the journey, I expect to be truly thrust out of my comfort zone as the lone Colonial aboard with no acquaintances or friends nearby. But then again, that is the point of studying abroad. Hopefully it will also help me to overcome concentrating on the menial details of life – the exhaustion, the deadlines, broken hearts and bruised egos. Ideally, I will explore the world with little to no worries. All I can hope for is a pleasant surprise as I circumnavigate the globe in 109 days.