After eight days of adventure, stepping completely out of my comfort zone and no sleep, we are headed to Keflavík International Airport to catch our 16:45 flight back to Chicago. As I reflect on my time here in this beautiful country, it is surreal that it is already over.
Our last night in Reykjavík, I found myself in tears about leaving this city and all the memories I have made in it. No one could have ever prepared me for how difficult it would be to leave Iceland. It is hard to believe that we arrived a week ago. I thought I was tired then, but it does not come close to how exhausted I am today.
It is time for a round of applause and thank yous. First and foremost, thank you to our professor, Althea Legaspi, for making this trip happen. Thank you for pushing us, for believing in us and for encouraging us day after day to do our absolute best. You have made me a better writer, a better student and opened my mind up to the amazing possibilities of the music and journalism industries. Next, I’d like to thank my parents, my family and my friends for their endless love and support. Without you all, I don’t know how I would have made it through this strenuous course. Also, thank you to the kind Icelanders who took the time out of their schedules to meet with me to discuss Iceland and the current projects that they are working on in their country. Last but not least, thank you to my classmates. It’s crazy to say how little we really knew about each other before getting to Iceland. It’s even crazier to say that I found six lifelong friends out of this experience. I am forever grateful for your knowledge, constant love and encouragement. We are a team.