Interview with Garrett
By John Meade
Garrett Fitzgerald grew up
on the eastern shore of Maryland. He is currently enrolled in
college with the hopes of earning a degree in political science.
He then intends to study law after earning his undergraduate
degree. Garrett learned about Semester at Sea in 2004 from some
friends at home and has been planning for his voyage ever since.
His parents played a large part in his decision to participate in
SAS. Garrett has traveled internationally before; he has been to
Austria, France, and South Africa, but his parents have also done
extensive travel. His father was a member of the Peace Corps and
during his tenure he worked in Haiti and Ghana.
were his parents in full support of
SAS, they sent his younger brother Kennedy along with him.
Garrett feels that Semester at Sea will greatly further his educational
goals. He plans to study international law and SAS will serve, he
hopes, to give him a much broader understanding of the world. In
the two years that he has been planning for this voyage he also
researched other study abroad programs. He was considering
participating in Seamester, a program that takes sixteen undergraduate
men on a semester long sailing trip in the Caribbean. He
ultimately decided on Semester at Sea because it will allow him to see
so much more of the world.
did have to overcome a few problems in
order to partake in this voyage of discovery. He had to go
through the arduous process of transferring his student loans and also
had to work with his home school to transfer the credit that he will
earn from SAS. He also had to work full-time this past summer in
order to save the money that he will need over the course of this
semester. He feels that it was worth every second though, as he
will be able to see so much of the world over the course of this great