I am Katherine. I write, I play, I listen, I plan. I am an improving and improvising writer. Once, I studied calculus and engineering, but integrating those fully into my life has yet to prove its worth. With my happiness slipping away, I stopped blocking the holes in my imagination and instead starting writing every picture and piece and letter that seeped from the cracks. My aim is clear: to connect people with words.
One step of my goal is encompassed in studying abroad with Semester at Sea. I have determined that I have to see the world in order to (1) gain a better perspective of the world, (2) determine ways to connect people around the world, and (3) find and record stories that anyone can identify with.
While on Semester at Sea, I plan on compiling as many stories as I can to improve my writing. Primarily, I wish to focus on stories/poems surrounding depression around the world, because, while I have been working through my depression, I have found that the feeling of being connected with others anywhere in the world improves my mood immensely. Following my journey, I aim to complete an anthology of depression around the world.
With my place already held within the Fall 2015 voyage and my application for the Spring 2016 voyage submitted, I am now in the How The Turd Do I Pay For This stage of planning. I do not embark until September 13, 2015, but I need to start raising money via scholarships/loans/donations/whatever I can think of/selling homemade beef jerky (I tried to do this once… but instead I ate all of it, so I don’t think it’ll work). I figure since I have this blog going already, I will start including my traveling plans and whatnot as things unfold.
Here is what will unfold as funding permits:
Fall 2015: Atlantic Exploration: 100 Days, 11 Cities, 10 Countries
Starts: September 13, 2015; Ends: December 21, 2015
- Embark: London, England
- Civitavecchia, Italy
- Naples, Italy
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Piraeus (Athens), Greece
- Barcelona, Spain
- Casablanca, Morocco
- Salvador, Brazil
- Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
- Panama Canal Transit, Panama
- Puntarenas, Costa Rica
- Debark: San Diego, CA, USA
Spring 2016: A Voyage Around the World: 114 Days, 14 Cities, 11 Countries
Starts: January 7, 2016; Ends: April 30, 2016
- Embark: San Diego, CA, USA
- Hilo, Hawaii, USA
- Yokohama, Japan
- Kobe, Japan
- Shanghai, China
- Hong Kong, China
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Singapore, Singapore
- Rangoon, Burma
- Cochin, India
- Port Louis, Mauritious
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Takoradi, Ghana
- Debark: London, England
To say the least, this is an adventure of epic proportions. Here is the cost breakdown of each voyage:
Fall 2015: $23,950; Spring 2016: $23,950
Included in this is the following:
- Tuition – up to 15 semester credits
- Housing (pricing varies by cabin category. I aim for the cheapest one.)
- All meals aboard the ship
- All academically required field labs
- Other academic stuff like advising and whatnot
Extra costs that are not included that I still need to get money for:
- Travel and overnight stay to London for embarkation
- Travel visas
- Snacks aboard the ship
- Food while off the ship
- Independent travel
- Any additional field programs that I want to take part in
- Travel and stay in USA between voyages
- Return trip from London
So, I’m going to say I need about $60,000 before doing any intense budgeting. That sounds insane, but there are many scholarship options, so I’m feeling confident. I also am accepting donations! Below, you can click to donate via PayPal in case you are (1) feeling generous and (2) in full support of me and my goal with SAS. Every penny counts! Thank you.
If you know of any good scholarships for study abroad, SAS, or for English majors or have any other funding/travel/writing/anything suggestions, just let me know. It would be greatly appreciated as I continue my planning!
Thank you so very much!