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All Aboard for Academics: Saint Leo Students Learn at Sea

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Nov 7, 2017 12:32:11 PM

Have you ever dreamt of earning college credit aboard a luxurious cruise ship?

Dreams like that actually come true at Saint Leo University.

From Oct. 21-28, 2017, Saint Leo had 19 students set sail on the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Escape for the university’s Learning at Sea Cruise. Presented by the school’s Department of Public Safety Administration and Department of Criminal Justice, the topic of the western Caribbean adventure was “Smuggling on the High Seas: Human Trafficking and Dangerous Drugs.”

Lex Hauryluck, a 21-year-old senior who is working toward a bachelor’s in criminal justice with a specialization in homeland security, went on the trip.

“I thought it was an awesome experience,” he says. “It really allowed us to get to know the professors who went with us on a personal level. There were some really high-intensity lectures that were cool to watch.”

He admits that the whole environment of studying on a ship was unique as well.

“It was a nice break from being on campus, and the lectures were different from any classes I’ve ever taken at Saint Leo,” he adds. “The boat was rocking at times, and you could hear the announcer on the ship making announcements about everything going on onboard. But the lectures were fast-paced and very intriguing.”

Lectures were held on two full days when the ship was at sea. On the other days, the students and faculty had the opportunity to go on shore and visit several ports of call. These included Cozumel, Mexico, Costa Maya near the Yucatán Peninsula, Roatán off of Honduras and Belize. The original stops were scheduled for islands in the eastern Caribbean, but damage from the recent hurricanes shifted the itinerary to the west.

Hauryluck, who is also a resident assistant on campus, says his goal is a career in counterterrorism analysis in the CIA. He also recently took the New York City firefighter exam and would consider such a path to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

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Topics: Criminal Justice, Class trips

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