Setting Sail with Class of 2008 Student

  • Sayville Alumna Sails on an

    Educational Adventure of a Lifetime

    Erika Schreiber is participating in SEA Semester Program Aboard a Tall Ship

    (Woods Hole, MA. - November 2011)


    Cornell University Senior Erika Schreiber (Sayville Class of 2008) has enrolled in SEA Semester, a study-abroad program through Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA., while away  from her studies at Cornell  University.


    Erika has successfully completed the SEA Semester's six-week shore component, earning academic credit for curriculum in oceanography, nautical science, and maritime studies.


    At the program's Woods Hole campus, Erika developed a research project that will be tested and completed aboard SEA’s 134-ft sailing school vessel the Robert C. Seamans, one of the most sophisticated research-equipped vessels under sail in the United States. 


    Erika is sailing on the tall ship from Honolulu, HI., with possible port stops at Christmas Island and  Raiatea, French Polynesia, and a final destination of Papeete, Tahiti-- a journey of approximately 3,000 nautical  miles and six weeks at sea.


    During that  time, in addition to collecting data for a research project, Erika will help  provide weather observations to a national database, learn to chart the course of the vessel using  celestial  navigation, and serve as the Junior Watch Officer (JWO),  taking full command of the vessel during a watch. Erika's shipmates come from colleges and universities around the country.


    The SEA Students will post daily blogs from the ship that can be viewed at


    Sea Education Association (SEA), headquartered in Woods Hole, MA was founded in 1971. It is the only full-credit undergraduate program in the United States that combines a rigorous academic and research curriculum with a voyage to the deep ocean under sail.  Students of any discipline may apply to the 12-week SEA Semester program which combines both shore and sea components. At shore, all students live, study, and work alongside professional researchers, scholars, and mariners. At sea, each student is part of the ship's crew, participating in a watch team that will participate in every aspect of running the operations of the ship and scientific research. The shipboard experience provides the opportunity to develop teamwork and decision-making skills and a greater respect for others. For many students, SEA is an adventure of a lifetime.