People Who Studied Abroad #284:
Heather Petri, three-time Olympic medalist (water polo)
She studied via SEA Semester while completing a degree at the University of California-Berkeley.
From her interview on the SEA Semester website:
What was the one lesson you learned from your SEA experience?
When I went to SEA, I had never been on a boat or really ever been to the East Coast. I wanted to take myself out of my element and challenge myself to succeed in new arenas. SEA taught me that in order to succeed you not only need dedication to hard work, but most importantly, you need to trust the people in the world around you to teach you how to succeed. By believing in the people around you, you can achieve far more than you can by yourself.
What was your most memorable SEA moment?
There were so many. Hanging on the bowsprit with my watch and mate, Tim Frush, while the boat was bounding through the ocean! Or seeing dolphins racing the boat… climbing the mast on New Year’s Day. How do you choose?
Do you think swim calls aboard the Westward prepared you for the Olympics?
Of course!! My shipmates helped me work out by hanging on me when they needed a rest!