Follow Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets as they travel the globe on Experiential Learning Programs!  The adventures begin On January 12th when a small group of cadets majoring in Emergency Management depart for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Arizona.  Two large groups of cadets majoring in Emergency Management will work with Habitat For Humanity in Eustis, Florida, January 19th - February 14th.  Energy Systems Engineering majors will be travel throughout Costa Rica, January 26th - February 19th.  Bermuda will be explored on both land and sea from January 30th - February 9th by cadets majoring in Marine Safety, Science & Environmental Protection.  Cadets majoring in International Maritime Business will wrap up the learning adventures when they visit Thailand from February 9th – 22nd. 

  HELLO, THERE! I’m 4/C Chenil Perez De Jesus and my first name is Chenil like the Chanel bags, but not really! I am originally from Bayamon, Puerto Rico but now I live in Taunton, Massachusetts.  So far I love this trip, it is the closest I have felt to home in a while. Everyone is so welcoming and nice - that “island life”. For me this has definitely been the most amazing learning experience. Once we got to sit down in the pink sand beach and talk about marine dunes.  Just learning in that type of environment makes you want to learn more. Today, Kyla talked to us about plastics in the ocean and how ocean currents (called gyres) contribute a lot to how trash ends up on Bermuda’s…
  The cadets of Group B started early this morning with a 0530 wake up. In a change of pace from Group A, the cadets were treated to a briefing at Port Canaveral. The group was greeting by the CEO of the Port Authority and his staff. The brief included presentations from operations, environmental, and emergency management departments. The group was intrigued by the EM presentation and even received a few words from MMA’s own 1/C Joe Binda, a Port Canaveral EM intern this winter semester.  The cadets gained knowledge of private sector emergency management, a field which is rapidly expanding. Following the briefings at the port, Group B was shuffled off to the Kennedy Space Center.…
Greetings from another beautiful day in Costa Rica! Today's highlight had to have been the hike to the top of the trail that overlooked the valley and lake. If it was clearer, we all would have been able to view the volcano. The hike up was physically demanding as the incline of the trail was higher than normal. We encountered a small snake in which we later found out was not poisonous. Once we got to the top we understood that our hard work walking up the mountain was so worth it. I can not wait to come back to this spot on a clear day in the future!    
Mathematics: "We used derivatives to find the volume of sculptures at museums." Name: 4/C Patrick L. Fahey Hometown: Duxbury, MA "I love a good challenge so I took Pre-Calculus and Algebra II in the same year. That's when I started to grow a passion for mathematics." Name: 4/C John M. Warren Hometown: Sutton, MA "Math got more challenging but also more interesting in high school. I liked to challenge myself by taking all the hardest math classes" Name: 4/C Lukas J. Janulaitis Hometown: Centerville, MA "The AP Calculus exam really humbled me because I got a 1 on it when I had an A in the class. This showed me that I needed to study harder." Name: 4/C Zachary R. Sylvia Hometown:…
Hello from Bermuda! My name is Ariel Damery and today is our 5th day here on this beautiful island. This is my first time out of the United States which I thought was going to be scary but it has been one of the best experiences of my life! Today, we started our day with a lecture at BIOS about the different species of fish we will be seeing on our snorkeling adventure. This lecture was extremely enlightening because we will be using this information in real life and will be able to apply it in the ocean.  We visited the famous Coopers Island today! It had beautiful white sand beaches and was once home base to some NASA scientists. How cool is that! We also planted native trees to help…
  In Bermuda, the wind is still cranking hard. Today, we had two activities planned for us; the first being a reef fish identification lecture with Kaitlin and the second being a trip to Cooper’s Island on the east side of Bermuda with Kyla. The fish identification lab was very similar to yesterday’s coral identification lab where the students learned different tips and tricks to understanding Bermuda’s diverse reef species. For example, there are many different species of parrotfish that have similar coloring that can be hard to identify at first glance. Kaitlin broke the cohorts up into different teams to battle each other in a game of fish-identification jeopardy! Cooper’s Island…
  Hello Everyone! My name is Blythe Stephenson, a 4/C cadet from West Greenwich, Rhode Island! Today we took a trip to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, & Zoo where we got a behind the scenes tour to meet some of the animals. One of my favorite parts of the day was being able to see a baby sea turtle that they are caring for. Although I've had close interactions with sea turtles before, I have never seen a baby until today. It amazed me how small they really are in real life, the one we saw today was about the size of a chicken tender. Although we weren't able to touch him, it was so unbelievably amazing to be so close to one. We also saw four adult sea turtles. Unlike the baby,…
  Ahoy, everybody! My name is 1/C Nolan Bradley.  I am one of the 1/C MSSEP Training Rates on this Experiential Learning trip. I am from Upton, Massachusetts.  I attended Nipmuc Regional High School before coming to Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Today in Bermuda, I woke up for another amazing breakfast cooked by BIOS’s very own chef Mukesh.  Then Cohort A attended a morning lecture with Kaitlin, who works for BIOS, about coral reefs and the different types of corals there are. Myself and 1/C Megan Laurie listened to the lecture and watched as the 4/C cadets identified different unknown coral structures. This was a very helpful lecture because we will be snorkeling and different…
After an early wakeup and sleepy flight down to Orlando, Group B and Professor Cadwalader were greeted by the faculty and rates. Upon arrival, the cadets were corralled into the vans for the ride to the Domestic Global Village. Offloading led into a tour given by Dr. Valla and a Habitat safety video. After lunch, the cadets enjoyed some free time and a trip to Walmart to pick up some forgotten necessities. The group dined on the award winning barbecue from Dan at the Barnwood Bar-B-Que. Dr. Valla then enlightened the cadets on our purpose for volunteering here in Central Florida. The cadets look forward to watching the Super Bowl and enjoying some free time before a much needed night’…
  ¡Hola!  Today we had an amazing day! We rose before the sun to milk cows here at Ranch Margot. We each got to try out hand at pulling milk from udders. We also saw a baby goat drink from it's mama. It was amazing! Immediately after we had a lovely yoga class with our teacher Rachel.  After that, we had breakfast. The milk in our coffee was the very same we milked earlier. After a delicious and sustainably farmed breakfast, we hiked up View Point. It was absolutely unreal, after walking through the thicket for what felt like forever the world seemed to inform around us.  When we got back, it was time to make cheese and study microbes. We got to taste the cheese, again made from…