Prompt: A few sentences somehow addressing:
How has Iceland changed or impacted you? What have you learned? What will you take away from this experience?
Note: Some students sent in pictures, which will be posted following this blog.
Iceland has had a profound impact on the way I see the world. This trip has changed not only the way I see culture, but the way I see myself. I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world; I love the experiences I had, the people I met, and the friends I made. I’m truly blessed.
- MaKensie Beliakoff-Schumaker
I’m so glad I had this opportunity to travel to Iceland! The country is beautiful and I learned so much, both about myself and about studying abroad.
- Carly Blumenstein
Iceland has been a wonderful experience. Each day was an adventure that far exceeded my expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring caves, mountains, and volcanos with the greatest professors and students. Visiting Iceland is a once in a lifetime experience and I hope to return someday.
- Lauren Yarberough
It is difficult to describe my Iceland experience without sounding terribly generic or cliché. That being said, I could not have asked for a more pleasant study abroad experience. I think it is safe to say that these past ten days have been the most enjoyable ten, consecutive days of my life. I genuinely feel that I succeeded in accomplishing all that I hoped to accomplish while in Iceland. In addition to my success, I was accompanied by a fantastic group of students, leaders and tour guides along the way, making each excursion that much better. I will cherish these memories forever and hope to return to Iceland in the future.
- Victoria Ferrara
"Just look at how the mountains
So very mighty be
Sharp as razors at the top they span the land and sea But don’t forget that though Majestic spires capped with snow…
From each and every single grain of sand they grow”
My experience in Iceland could not have been better! I absolutely loved the opportunities we had to be outside and see the landscape, not to mention all of the AMAZING art we saw. I can’t imagine doing it without the other students I met, too; I’m so thankful to Capstone for giving me the chance to finally go abroad!
- Grace Ann Roberts
My experience has been unforgettable to say the least. From eating horse, to being thrown off a horse, and scaring the entire group (all in one day) is just one of the many memories that will last forever. I have made many new friends and done things not even imaginable. I can not wait to tell my family and friends back home about this once in a lifetime experience. Thank you so much for letting me go on this trip and I hope you enjoy your summer.
It was an amazing trip:)! I met some amazing people. One word to describe Iceland Capstone Maymester: Unforgettable -Amy Stonecipher
Iceland has been a truly unique adventure because there is no other place in the world where I will be able to experience natural wonders like glaciers, geysers, waterfalls and lava fields. But more importantly I am leaving Iceland with a better understanding of how to sustainably use these natural resources and how to respect nature in the Icelandic way.
I had a wonderful time in Iceland! It was well-worth it. This is the most photogenic place I’ve seen in my life; the waterfalls, glaciers, etc. were beautifully picture-esqe. My experience was amazing and I can’t wait to convince many of my friends and family to come here too!
Iceland has been a chance for me to connect with nature and really get a good look at a society that is a huge contrast to the one I experience every day. Everything here is in some way connected to the landscape of the island and the harmony of the Icelandic people is amazing.
Iceland was an adventure and challenge of all sorts. It’s the first time I left the country, and I did it with no family; so I was definitely a bit nervous at first. But seeing this beautiful country and learning about the culture was so amazing. I fell in love instantly and can’t wait to come back.
Iceland has been an unbelievably cleansing and eye opening experience. I will always remember the strikingly blue ocean surrounded by majestic, ice capped mountains; a landscape comparable to nothing I’ve ever seen before. I will always carry these sights and memories with me as I continue to travel and learn about the world.
My thoughts on Reykjavik is that it’s a perfect mix of city life and nature with the beautiful skyline and the mountains in the background.
Breathtaking scenery, amazing city, and fantastic people. Honestly couldn’t ask for more from my first study abroad experience
These past ten days have been some of the most memorable of my life. Not only have I seen the incredible city of Reykjavik, but we also were able to tour the Golden Circle, the Snaefellsness Peninsula, and the Southern Coast. Everything is so beautiful and everyone is so nice, it has been such an incredible experience. There is nowhere else in the world like Iceland, and I will keep the friends and memories I have made for my entire life.
- Betty Kay Rosenbaum
To sum up my Iceland experience, I have three words: people, nature, and culture. I enjoyed becoming friends with the people on the trip an setting to know everyone. I’ve made some amazing friends. For nature, I would just like to say how in awe I am of the landscape an it’s beauty. Finally, for culture, I’d have to say that’s enjoyed staying here longer because I got to experience the culture more fully. This trip has been fantastic!
- Madison McFarland
Iceland is one of the few places on this earth where everywhere you go you can’t help but feel peaceful. It’s shown me just how great the world is outside of America and how some of life’s greatest experiences come in the simplest of forms.
I don’t really know how to sum this trip up in a few sentences other than this is truly an experience unlike any other and I will never forget it. I will constantly remember the beautiful landscape of the snow capped mountains and crystal clear ocean right in front of them. I took amazing pictures and made amazing memories with one of my best friends, something I will take with me forever. This trip has pushed me to realize how much I have left to see and how to make the most of everything and anything I do. I’ll miss ya Iceland, hope I can come back again, xoxo.
Iceland was a fantastic way to start a life that I hope will be full of traveling to different countries, and I wouldn’t change anything about my experience.
- Kari Berg
The days I have spent in Iceland are some I shall never forget. Although I will always cherish the friends I met and the beautiful things I saw, what I will remember most is the way you could lose yourself in the island. How you could just sit here and forget every worry you had. And that is exactly what I needed. So thank you Iceland.
Iceland is the place where we decided that it was a time for living and for nothing else.
My Iceland experience consisted of breathtaking scenery, mild culture shock, and the kindling of lifelong friendships. I will never forget our adventure, or my Iceland family that made the journey with me.
Iceland was much different than I expected and completely different from anywhere I have ever been before. The people and the landscape made me fall in love with the country and I will most definitely be returning soon!
Iceland was a fantastic experience! I learned so about their accepting and nature based culture.
- Hannah Stasenko
Iceland was such an amazing country, unreal in its beauty and culture. I loved to see how close people lived with the land. They have waterfalls in their backyards with glaciers as views from their kitchen windows. I love it!
- Victoria Jacks
I was incredibly excited for this trip but I can easily say that it greatly exceeded my expectations. Not only did I see amazing sites like the waterfalls and volcanoes but I also met such wonderful people. I became very close with the other students on the trip and we bonded like a family. I also immersed myself in the Icelandic culture which gave me so many opportunities to grow individually and develope my cultural tolerance. This trip really showed me the doors that can open when you study abraload which I definitely plan to do more of in the future!
- Erin Guderian
This experience has been so amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I loved everything about Iceland. From the city of Reykjavik to the beautiful landscapes, it is a trip I will remember for a lifetime, with memories of friends who grew to be a family.
- Caitlyn Gilbert
I cannot put into words how incredible this trip has been. The beauty of the nature, the kindness of the people, and the passion of the new friends truly made this experience what it was.
- Katie Broussard
I learned so much in iceland ranging from what I can do with my major in life to how diverse in personality a homogenous culture can really be. I loved iceland. It is the island of adventure for a good reason and an incredible place for self discovery. Such an isolated island makes everyone feel lost in the culture but never unwelcome.
- Alec Courtright
Traveling to Iceland has been an amazing experience to say the least. The beautiful scenery, the slower Icelandic lifestyle, and the friends I’ve made have made this trip all the more worth it.
- John Kirby