2017 HON/COR101 Activities: Iceland and the Arctic in Maine

During the Fall 2017 Semester, USM Honors Freshmen enrolled in the HON-101: Icelandic Sagas and Skalds class and the associated COR101 lab experienced Icelandic (and the greater North Atlantic) culture, art, food, wildlife, and navigation right here in Maine. As part of the lab activities, students enjoyed Icelandic style cuisine, met the local artist and USM alum Justin Levesque, met some friendly Icelandic horses, and learned about early navigation. Here are some of those stories: Continue reading “2017 HON/COR101 Activities: Iceland and the Arctic in Maine”

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Internship Opportunity: Arctic Council Secretariat in Tromsø, Norway

Deadline for applications: 29 December 2017

Information Contact: Ms. Tiia Tanskanen; tiia@arctic-council.org

Location: Tromsø, Norway

Details: Full time for six months; Monday – Friday 8am-4pm

Click here to download the informational PDF and/or apply.

Need help with your resume and cover letter? Contact our USM Career Hub for professional advising! 

 

 


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Student Reflection and Words of Wisdom

The HON195 students of 2017 not only wrote individual posts about their experience in Iceland, they also shared with us some wise words of wisdom: a) what they learned during their time abroad, and b) what they want future student travelers to know before packing their bags. Continue reading “Student Reflection and Words of Wisdom”

Video: Transportation Matters – Building Relationships

“Perspective is something that is very difficult to shift, unless someone has an experience.” -Patrick Arnold, Soli-DG

(Click the image to view the video posted by Maine Port Authority)

 

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HON195, Summer 2018: Climate Change Stories

This is section one of HON195 for summer 2018. See below for some areas of interest.

The story of climate change is being told by scientists, filmmakers, policy-makers, believers and deniers. While the entire world will be affected by climate change, the North Atlantic will face its own set of unique challenges. The aim of this course is to use a transdisciplinary lens to study climate change in the North Atlantic, connecting science, communication, and the lived experience. Students in this course will study the scientific concepts behind climate change, media framing of climate change, and use the personal narrative to tell the story of climate change. Continue reading “HON195, Summer 2018: Climate Change Stories”

HON195, Summer 2018: Histories of Justice

This is section two of HON195 for summer 2018. See below for some areas of interest and activities.

Iceland and Maine share many geographic, religious, economic, and social conditions and concepts–despite the much longer written history and literature of Iceland. A fruitful comparison can be made by studying issues across two periods of Iceland and across the relatively shorter history of Europeans in Maine and Northern New England. Continue reading “HON195, Summer 2018: Histories of Justice”

Honors Abroad 2018

Welcome, incoming Honors Freshmen and greetings to our blog readers! We have some exciting news: we will soon be announcing our 2018 short term travel class topics and details. Check back soon to learn more about the class and application process.

In the meantime, be sure to check out some of our student posts from June 2017 to see some photos and first hand student accounts of our adventures in Iceland.

 

How to Incorporate Study Abroad Into Your Resume

This article was co-written by USM’s Dr. Stacy Stewart, Coordinator of Career Services for Community Engagement and Career Development (CECD) and Erin Kane, Project Coordinator for the USM Honors – Iceland travel program. Stacy has worked as USM’s career counselor for 3 years and coordinates the annual university job fair. Erin has served on multiple search committees for entry to executive level job openings at the university.


Study Abroad: More than just studying and traveling
Resumes: More than just bullet points and crossed fingers
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Fun Fact: In the time it takes for you to read this sentence, an employer has already decided if they are going to continue to read or simply reject your resume. Continue reading “How to Incorporate Study Abroad Into Your Resume”

A Crash Course on Skyr

If you’ve visited the yogurt section of your grocery store, lately, you may have seen an unfamiliar item snuggled in with the vast selection of Greek yogurt cups – Icelandic Skyr.

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This item has actually been around for centuries and has finally found its way into US grocery stores. What, exactly, is this newcomer all about?

Skyr (pronounced skeer) is a traditional Icelandic Continue reading “A Crash Course on Skyr”