This was my first time on a research vessel and the new, up-to-date R/V Hogarth did not disappoint. With nine other women by my side we were ready to get to work. Even though our travel plans changed, our spirit did not. We were able to embrace the dynamics of science research and found new ways to collect data and analyze specimens. I hope opportunities like this continue to be a part of the FIU learning process, for it is an experience every budding scientist should have.