Student Spotlight: An Experience of a Lifetime

Samantha Mathewson

On May 15, 2012, students from the University of New Haven embarked on an adventure of a lifetime.

Icelandic landscape photo taken during UNH students’ trip to Iceland.

Thirteen students along with two professors, Robert Rattner and Jamie Slenker, traveled to Iceland for two weeks where they interactively studied landscape photography and photojournalism.

UNH has a very diverse and successful study abroad program that offers a lot of unique educational trips to foreign countries where students are able to immerse themselves in a totally new learning experience and broaden their horizons in a way they could not at UNH.

While in Iceland, these students earned six credits as they stretched themselves to new limits outside their comfort zones. They stood on the top of a glacier called Snaefellsjokull, saw geysirs, craters, large mountains and waterfalls, hiked through lava fields, swam in the blue lagoon, and challenged their taste buds as they explored as much as the country as they could.

They were able to get a true feel for the country through their inviting hosts at Erik the Red, Arnarstapi, and Munadarnes, and their two guides Emma and Jon who gave the students a exclusive tour.

Iceland was so different than the United States, but the students were left wanting more as the two weeks came to a close on May 29.