Monday, 19 January 2015

Ihab Anwar - The World Was His Classroom

Dr. Ihab Anwar recently completed what he is calling the most amazing experience of his life. He was a passenger on board the MV Explorer, which sailed around the world as part of the Semester at Sea program. He and hundreds of other students set sail from England on August 24, 2014, embarking on a voyage that lasted for 108 days and took them to fifteen different countries.

Ihab Anwar - World Was His Classroom"The world was our classroom," Ihab Anwar said shortly after he got back to the campus of the University of Rhode Island, where he is a student studying marine biology and journalism. He says that he is thinking about switching majors to political science.

The purpose of the Semester at Sea program, according to Ihab Anwar, is to expose students to a multi-cultural experience while preparing them for leadership roles. "I thought I was a pretty sophisticated guy before this," he says. "I grew up in England with Saudi roots. I have an uncle in Houston, Texas, and I go to school in Rhode Island." 

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Ihab Anwar : The Most Amazing Experience

Ihab Anwar is a student at the University of Rhode Island, and says that the Fall 2014 semester was the most amazing experience of his entire life.

He did not spent much time at the University of Rhode Island during that fall term. Instead, he was on board the MV Explorer as a participant in the Semester at Sea program. The program, established in 1963, takes up to 720 students on an around-the-world voyage, during which they make multiple stops in numerous countries, and study the history and culture of each port of call.

This year's Semester at Sea set sail from Southampton, England and visited fifteen different countries over its 108 day journey. "It is indescribable," says Ihab Anwar shortly after he returned to the campus at Rhode Island in early December. "It was like nothing I've ever experienced before. I wouldn't even know where to begin to describe it – there was just so much – but I'm going to write about it for the school paper." He is a marine biology major who is thinking of switching to political science. He is also studying journalism.

He says that some of the most interesting ports of call were in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Bridgetown, Barbados, and Havana, Cuba. "I had never been in that part of the world before," he says. But he quickly added, "I guess I'd never been to most of those other places, either, except for England and France."

The Semester at Sea program, says Ihab Anwar, is meant to integrate interdisciplinary coursework, hands-on learning, and a multi-cultural experience for its students. The MV Explorer, which has been called one of the safest ships afloat, is one of the fastest passenger ships of its kind.

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