The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Submitted by Christina - University of California, Irvine | August 27, 2015
Studying abroad in Iceland was a decision made after seeing my favorite inspiring movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". I imagined my experience there would be almost identical as the movie. Skateboarding past beautiful landscapes would have to be altered a bit since I don't skateboard, but I did manage to bring a foldable bike with me to Iceland which definitely came in handy and gave me the privilege to go anywhere. I imagined I would be surrounded by grazing sheep and exploding volcanoes, so I packed very outdoorsy clothing and I made the decision before arriving that I would spend my time sight seeing and traveling everywhere outside of the city.
Once arriving I knew my experience in Iceland would be different. The weather took some getting used to because I am from California and spoiled by our weather here, however, now that I am home I do miss the drizzling there. The shopping experience was different because the produce is very scarce and not the best unless you are a millionaire. But besides these two flaws, Iceland became a place that I will never forget and I plan to return this upcoming year to visit some very loyal friends that I made. Which is kind of funny because I literally thought I was going to be on my own traveling Iceland just avoiding people and sticking to myself. However, it was almost impossible to avoid people (especially the ones from class) because they all have so many cool experiences to hear about, learn from, and maybe even try yourself.
On top of that, of course, what is a summer trip without a summer crush? <3 Iceland is full of opportunities to meet very genuine people, I was not the only one who found a very important person in Iceland, and I can tell you that my trip (or my life) would not have been the same without him. Our class stood together every single day during the week and usually planed events for the whole class to attend on the weekends and week nights, so friendships and more will be made.
Furthermore, our class was so welcoming and the staff at Reykjavik University knew exactly how to treat tourists and make us feel welcomed and at home. In addition, Downtown Reykjavik is so lively and the bars are open for what seems like forever. Before ending this review, I just want to state that Fernanda, who was more of a friend than a tour guide, even though, of course she did her job professionally, is one of the most well-rounded and interesting people I met in Iceland. Her stories are memorable and the experience in Iceland was great with her by our side. Just for the record, everything she recommended me to try, worked perfectly or tasted perfect, so, remember that. Also, the catfish at Bergsson is still something I think about and wish I could eat it one more time.
Thank you Panrimo for everything. Iceland would not have been the same without your support and the very exciting trips and excursions included in our trip.
Travel, it will change your life
Submitted by Riley Hupfer - Saginaw Valley State University | August 04, 2015
I wan't to say things that really matter, because it's so hard to convey how much my study abroad trip meant to me. In all reality, it changed my life.
Do you ever feel caught up in the same routines, doing the same thing day in and day out maybe a bit unsure of where you're going? I think we've all been there. In enters Panrimo and Scotland, now I leave feeling like a different person.
You'll find Stirling just as charming as you'd expect a relatively small Scottish city to be, but it is still full of surprises. Through its rich cultural history and friendly locals you won't have to stay long before you feel at home, that just seems to be a characteristic of Scotland.
The university of Stirling is beautiful place to stay and in a very convenient location for all your independent travels throughout the UK and (hopefully) Europe. Be sure to see the highlands, the Isle of Skye, Ben Nevis, and most definitely consider staying a night or two in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Beyond that you'll find amazing cities with rich culture littered throughout the UK. Travel, travel, and then travel again. It may cost a little bit of money, but I promise you won't regret it.
As the weeks fly by you'll realize just how much you're going to miss Scotland, the people and all of the beautiful views that can be found less the 5 minutes from where you're staying (Hike Dumayat right away). None of this would have been possible without Panrimo, the wonderful program from my home state that had me feeling more prepared for this vacation than I've ever felt for any vacation I've taken at home. I could go on and on about the staff, but once you sign up you'll realize exactly what I mean. They're wonderful people.
Take the chance, because years from now your only regret will be that you didn't elect to stay longer. Scotland is a magical place, and Panrimo will set you up for this adventure of a lifetime.
Life is waiting to begin,
Scotland Study Abroad Program - Stirling University
July 11-Aug 8, 2015
Submitted by Amanda m - St Edwards university | August 02, 2015
This program was a very rewarding. I have never done a study abroad programs before. I am happy I chose panrimo I have gone on so many different adventures in iceland with this program. The class is very informative on different energy sources that are used in for electricity and heating. I suggest this program to anyone interested in learning about iceland and the energy sector. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
Human Resources in Health Care
Submitted by Stephanie - Saginaw Valley State University | August 25, 2014
I was a participant in the 10 week internship program through Panrimo. My internship placement was amazing! I worked with the best people and really learned a lot about HR while interning and was also able to see how the roles in HR merge in the healthcare sector. However, there were some faults in the program. Upon the arrival to the UK we did not have set accommodations and spent our whole first day wandering around with all our luggage in hand. Once we finally were able to get to our flat it was not suitable for what we were paying. With that being said we were going to be moved that Monday to a new flat. After moving all of our things to a new flat on Monday, there were also many issues with the new flat throughout our time in London. Overall the accommodations portion of the trip was not of good quality and I was very disappointed with that. Panrimo definitely needs to work on their accommodations and how they handle placing interns in with each other.