Today is our second day at sea and the first day of classes. The sea had been good to us but this morning around 5:00 we started to feel the rolling a little more. It isn't so much the front to back movement but there is more side to side. It is fun to watch everyone try to walk around we all look like spaghetti noodles trying to find a wall to hold on to.
Yesterday the students had a full long day of orientation. It is really important that they understand the safety and academic standards because I can only imagine that it is more difficult for them to focus in the summer than during a regular voyage. The faculty and Life Long Learners were all required to attend the Master Captain and Staff Captain's lectures. They talked about some of the rules of the ship and really laid down the law. You have to start strict right!! After that meeting we could leave while the students finished their day. It was mostly a day about printing rosters, finishing up class prep, working on Power Point Presentations and checking out our classrooms. In the evening before dinner the Dean's hosted a reception for the faculty and staff where we got to meet the Captain and some of his crew. He is very nice and we hear that the Captain from our last voyage will be coming on at some point.
We have had one snafu….our textbooks that the students ordered and were suppose to be delivered in Southampton never arrived. Yikes! They were sitting in Florida so SAS had to airship them to Lisbon, Portugal, our first port, and they will be waiting for us for class day 3. The faculty was very chill when they heard the news and I realized that I could take pictures with ForScore (an app on my ipad) of my textbook required reading for the first 3 days. I then turned it into a PDF and put it in my course folder. DONE!
Last night we were so tired after dinner and I think we were feeling a little nervous about the first day of class so we really just got some work done and went to bed early.
Geno started teaching at 12:00 and I don't teach until 3:20 and then our joint acting class is right after that. I think we are going to like having our things later in the day. We met some of our students in an "office hours" meeting and they all seem lovely. Very enthusiastic and ready to get started, let's hope they stay that way right!
Tonight is the one day of drop/add so it should be pretty quiet for the faculty and then we have 2 more teaching days until Lisbon. Better go start planning.
I posted some pictures of our cabin, check em out!