Open Letter to Furture SAS
By Julia Hursh
Dear Prospective Semester at Sea Students,
You are about to embark on the voyage of a lifetime. You will be
shocked and amazed by the things you are about to see. Every country
that you travel to will be rich in culture and will teach you so much
about the way that people live, work and survive in other countries.
What I would like to point out to you is the migration of products and
people between countries. First of all is the migration of products.
You may not be expecting to see American stores, restaruants and brands
until you return to the U.S. but you certainly will. You will be amazed
at the amount of influence the western world has on the eastern world.
Expect to see Starbucks and MacDonalds in almost every county. You can
also shop at many of your favorite stores across the globe such as Gap,
Zara, Gucci and many more. It may come as surprise that a city
like Cairo, Egypt has the California chain Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf,
but you may enjoy it as well! It is interesting to see the amount
of popular American products that are spread across the world. Take it
all in and decide for yourself how you feel about this globalization.
The next thing to look for is the migration of people. Living in the
U.S. we are used to a variety of foreigners traveling, migrating to and
living in America. However, we often do not know about the reasons or
stories of migrants coming to America. Well as you travel through the
rest of the world you will see many signs of human migration and it is
something you should look for. In Japan for example, 99% of the
population is Japanese. So to find and meet people living there from
other countries may be a challenge but can be an interesting dynamic
examine as well. In Burma, many women are illegally trafficked into the
sex trade in Thailand which can be a devastating eye-opener to learn
about. These are just two examples of the topics of migrations that I
came across in my voyage. I highly reccommend and suggest that you also
to look for signs of migrations from one country to another. Having a
goal such as this is a good way to enrich you travels and give you a
I hope you enjoy your voyage around the world. It truely is a once in a
lifetime opportunity. It will change you.