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Chemistry Major Spending Spring Semester at Maritime Studies Program

March 6, 2014
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Manuela Patino

Chemistry major Manuela Patino is spending the Spring 2014 semester at the prestigious Williams College American Maritime Studies Program in Mystic, Conn. The interdisciplinary program offers students the opportunity to investigate the sea from multiple perspectives, taking courses such as Oceanography, Literature of the Sea, and Marine Policy, while engaging in hands-on laboratory and historical work at Mystic Seaport Museum.

During their semester, students live on the seaport's grounds and take part in a number of field trips, including an offshore component on the research vessel Corwith Cramer and a marine biology trip to the Pacific Northwest. Just back from her time on the Cramer in the waters off Puerto Rico, Manuela says the voyage was "a life-changing experience — it showed me the importance of team work, persistence and trust."

Alongside her classmates and the crew, Manuela found that "hard times such as sea sickness and completing the hard work that the ship required" balanced out with "getting coconuts from Vieques, going out on the bowsprit, striking sails, reading ‘Moby Dick' on deck, doing celestial navigation, watching dolphins, and seeing about 17 rainbows."

Convinced she returned from the trip a better person, Manuel says she is "thankful to the professors at The College of New Rochelle for their help, especially Dr. Bass, who gave me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing program."