Innovative Thinking with a Creative Mind

HON195 Student Post: Autumn Wentworth, English Major; Honors Minor, Public and Professional Writing Minor

Career Aspirations: Editor



Innovative Thinking with a Creative Mind

On Thursday, June 15th, I traveled to the New England Ocean Cluster (NEOC) with my 14 classmates and four professors. After a day of touring the Portland Fish Exchange and exploring Portland, it was refreshing to sit around a large conference table and learn about Eimskip and how it is part of the Ocean Cluster House. Portland has just recently become the New England headquarters for Eimskip, an Icelandic transportation company. While it was originally located in Virginia, the company changed its location to Maine because the Icelandic employees felt more at home. I found this information very fascinating. I’d never been to Iceland before and, despite researching some cultural aspects, I still wasn’t sure what to expect. After hearing that the Eimskip employees were more comfortable in Maine, I hoped that this meant I would be comfortable there as well. As these thoughts were flying through my head, the woman at the head of the table, one of only three or four employees in her department, began by telling us why transportation matters. Continue reading “Innovative Thinking with a Creative Mind”

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Water and Fire: A Day on the Westman Islands

HON195 Student Post: Lexi Bartlett, Political Science Major, Economics Major; Honors Minor

Career Goals: Foreign service officer, ambassador


Water and Fire: A Day on the Westman Islands

Thirty minutes. Thirty terrifying, exhilarating minutes is how long it took for the Eimskip ferry to travel from Landeyjahofn, on the southeastern coast of Iceland to the Westman Islands. As we boarded the vessel, my stomach churned as the relentless wind and enormous waves rocked us back and forth–and we hadn’t even left the sheltered bay yet. There had been torrential downpouring and ghastly winds all morning, weather that made us question if the ferry would even make its scheduled run. The film Titanic somehow meandered its way into my thoughts. Was I making a mistake getting on this boat? The captain made an announcement that we were departing, first in Icelandic, and then in English, and off we went. Continue reading “Water and Fire: A Day on the Westman Islands”

A Journey to Vestmannaeyjar

HON195 Student Post By: William Jack Hahn III, History Major; Honors Minor

Career Aspirations: I hope to become a teacher at the secondary level.



A Journey to Vestmannaeyjar

Vestmannaeyjar, or the Westman Islands, are a group of islands located off of the southern coast of Iceland. The island was named “Westman” because some of its first inhabitants were escaped slaves from Ireland, whom the Vikings referred to as “Westmen.” Today, the island has evolved into much more than a temporary refuge for slaves–it is an active fishing village and tourist attraction. Continue reading “A Journey to Vestmannaeyjar”

2016 HON-101 Lab Adventures: Experiencing Iceland in Maine

During the Fall 2016 Semester, USM Honors Freshmen who enrolled in the HON-101 Icelandic Sagas and Skalds class and the associated lab experienced Icelandic (and the greater North Atlantic) culture right here in Maine. As part of the lab activities, students enjoyed Icelandic style cuisine, learned about the International Marine Terminal, met local artist and USM graduate Justin Levesque, and met some friendly Icelandic horses. Here are some of those stories:
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