that time: we survived spring 05′

Seven years ago, I was one of 684 students traveling the globe on the MV Explorer, taking part in the study abroad program Semester at Sea.

the mv explorer in calmer waters

Seven year ago today, I was one of 684 students, 113 faculty and 196 crew members who experienced storm winds and rough water, culminating with a rogue wave crashing through the bridge. Over the international date line and back again, January 26th, 2005 is a day I lived twice and one I will never forget.

The Wave:


and the aftermath…..

The above video was taken by the us coast guard helicopter monitoring our safety from above after the big wave. Around the 50 second mark you can see what the waves we experienced all morning

Happy Wave Day Sassers! We survived Spring 05′!

*Though we encountered a harrowing experience at sea, Semester at Sea is by far the best experience I have had in my life. You are reading this blog in part due to the passion for exploration I discovered in the Spring of 2005. The program affords students the chance to travel the globe, stopping in ten or so countries along the way and achieving a truly global education. Voyages are offered yearly for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters with countries varying with each trip. For more information or to sign up for your amazing journey with the program visit

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