The program got me a lot of confidence. I was about to go to college and meet 3000 new people. I had no idea what to expect. I still think to this day that the extra confidence may have given me a little bit of an edge when I arrived at college.

— Josh, an Ocean Matters student


team-buildingI got three credits, learned a lot, got SCUBA certifications. But it’s the friendships, and the talks in the middle of the night, and the confidence I gained from learning, and the passion I built up that was the glue that held all the pieces together . . . I definitely think the whole was greater than the sum of its part.

— Robyn, an Ocean Matters student


The program gave me more self-confidence and a higher self-image — the ability to say, ‘Yes, I can do this’ — by giving me a challenge I didn’t think I could handle and letting me prove to myself that I could handle it, and do it well.

— Katherine, an Ocean Matters student


funThat summer was the most fun I had ever had.

— Josh, an Ocean Matters student


When you’re diving you’re part of the world, part of the sea. After diving twice a day, I’ve fallen in love with it. I remember being on our last research dive and being underwater and not wanting to leave and being so happy. I loved just being there and watching and become part of their world.

-– Robyn, an Ocean Matters student


fun03The program involved a lot of group/team work, which taught me a lot about dealing with others, leadership, being cooperative, adjusting to circumstances, listening to what others have to say, and learning from them. . . In many ways, Ocean Matters helped me to learn about myself.

— Isabel, an Ocean Matters student

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