Honestly this has been the most insane week of my life. I can’t even begin to express how I feel right now, but I don’t know that it will ever be duplicated.
Last night was my absolute favorite moment of the trip. We were able to see the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis. It was difficult to see with the naked eye, however when I looked through the lens of my camera and took a photo, the sky lit up with shades of green dancing among the stars.
Now, not to get all emotional or metaphoric, but this trip is kind of like that experience. We all came here not really knowing what to expect. I don’t want to speak for the whole class, but at least for me, it didn’t actually hit me that I was going to Iceland until we landed on this island. In my eyes, what we were about to experience was just a fantasy and a dream. Now that it is over I can see clearly and as much as I want to stay here forever, I know it is time to move on and keep going. Another adventure awaits me and I can’t wait.
I’m not a radio major, and before this class, I had never recorded an interview or produced an audio piece. I figured I’d learn it as I went, and I was right–but our professor, Althea, was also right when she told us that we’d get much more out of this class than we could ever expect.
From stepping into one climate from another after a full day without sleep, only to keep the pattern going as we stumbled around Reykjavík with plum-circled eyes, to managing to conduct six back-to-back interviews in a two day period– I’m still in awe that we managed to get it all done, especially regarding the fact that all of us survived on sporadic hour-long sequences of naps in between Icelandic excursions and shows to cover.
Long nights with late night deadlines plus a relentless itinerary, all things that cumulate to make for a beneficial learning experience, translated through understanding working in the media field. This perspective could lend itself to putting in the best work possible on the most challenging schedule possible, an unknown element of a class focused on portfolio expansion. Translating the stress of no sleep and meeting blog deadlines, the covering international festivals course definitely showcased real world journalistic scenarios of working under pressure in a foreign land.