Michelle DiMenna digs into a salad and flips through a novel on the balcony above her college dorm room.
It's the kind of leisure time a college freshman usually takes for granted — oblivious to the grinding days of work and family responsibilities that lie ahead.
Not DiMenna. "I mean, look at this," the Baltimore native says, sweeping her hand across the vista in front of her. It is lovely, a scene of classic homes, gently lapping water and autumn-tinged trees that you could sell on a postcard.
And DiMenna, a first-semester student at St. Mary's College of Maryland, occupies the perfect vantage from her home aboard, yes, a cruise ship.