Hello SEA blog readers, my name is Sofia and I’m a student on this voyage, I live in New Orleans, Louisiana and am a rising Junior studying Environmental Science. I started my day bright and early by getting woken up at 2:30 am by my fellow shipmate Riley to stand dawn watch from 3am-7am. After indulging in the delicious midnight snack (chocolate chip cookies), prepared by our awesome steward Sabrina, I made my way to the deck for turnover. After turnover, I took over the helm (steering the ship) for about an hour; then I was on dish duty to prepare the galley for breakfast.
After this very early watch a nap after breakfast was essential to make it through the rest of the day. I had a 12 hour break until I had to stand watch again at 7pm, so after a nap I hung out with my fellow shipmates in the main saloon who also just woke up from their post-watch nap. After hanging out for a little bit, some shipmates and I got the motivation to do some laundry, and once that was done it was just about time to have lunch. After lunch we got ready for class where we had a brief ship meeting where we discussed things that were happening on the ship, along with presentations given by fellow shipmates regarding weather, navigation, and the science that had been happening in the past 24 hours. After the presentations, class shifted to meeting with our oceanography mentors to discuss our research project.
I met with my mentor, Farley (one of the assistant scientists), and discussed my research project which focuses on macro and microplastics near and offshore along our cruise track. Each of the assistant scientists on board mentors a small group of students, and during our meeting, Farley ensured that everyone he mentors had their topic chosen and determined where their data would be coming from. He also assisted us in figuring out what steps we should take towards preparing for our approaching due dates. Having mentors allows us students to have an outlet to go to whenever we have any questions regarding our research. After class my day consisted of relaxing and studying until it was time to stand watch from 7pm-1am, which is prime time for star-gazing. Although the days are long here aboard the Robert C. Seamans, they are packed with amazing experiences, scenery, and opportunities for learning that not many people can witness in their lifetime.
For any family or friends reading this at home: I am having a great time and have adapted well to life on the water; and don’t worry, I will be home soon, safe and in one piece.