Places to visit

One of the most interesting places I visited during my time at TUAS was Turku castle. It was great to see how the castle developed over time and the way the people lived within it. They also offer student discount there so it is a relatively small price to pay for a few hours looking around.Chalita5

A day trip to Helsinki is very cheap if booked in advance. I have been there a couple of times and both times cost me 10 euros for a return trip. The trip is about two hours by bus and is definitely worth the trip. I found Helsinki very different from Turku.

With Turku having its own harbor it was a great experience to try a Viking Line cruise. I travelled to Stockholm, Sweden. You can get a return trip for 4 people for about 80euros. Both of my journeys were overnight and I spent the day in Stockholm. I really enjoyed the cruise experience with so many different things you can do while on board.Chalita6

I found the trip a great learning curve to see the similarities and differences between Finland and Sweden. The architecture of the buildings is very impressive and it is a must visit if you have 2/3 available days. There are other places that you can visit using Viking Line that I hope to do before I leave. Estonia is next place to visit.

Seeing the Northern Lights was one of my highlights of my time here. I was lucky enough to first see them from the balcony at my student accommodation which lead me to want to Lapland. There are many trips organized by students and if you cannot go at that time they are happy to help you plan.

Text & photos: Chalita Maimeetuk

Internship

I was lucky enough to have my internship within TUAS. I worked with all the international coordinators. They gave me a great insight into how much work is required to help all theChalita3 students that come over each term. I had to help prepare for large numbers of people coming to events within the university campus. It was great to see all the differences from my own university in Thailand. Everyone was really friendly and helped when I did not understand something. Some days they even shared cake with me. I felt great to work with such nice people as well as learning their culture. Each week I worked with different people in different buildings. There were many similarities in the way they work but with just different students.

Some of the work was challenging as some of the work I had to do around people that were only speaking Finnish to each other so I had to guess some things that were going on.Chalita4

The most interesting part was when the student tutors were filming videos for incoming international students for next term. My student tutor was big help to me when I first got here so I know how important the process is.

I would highly recommend doing an internship within the university. It was a great learning experience and everyone was great to work with.

Text & photos: Chalita Maimeetuk

Culture Shock

Hi, I am in Turku on an exchange program from Thailand. The culture was a big shock to me at first. Everything is so different. For example here people talk about the weather a lot as general chat as it is always changing. In Thailand it is always hot (20-45 degrees) so we do not talk about the weather. The day I arrived was my first experience of snow which was so beautiful and will live long in my memory.Chalita1

As I am a shy person I always thought I would struggle to make friends here especially as I arrived here late. However I am lucky that people I live with at Retrodorm have been very friendly throughout my stay. They arrange international dinners and movie nights every week. The kitchen has been named ‘The Heart of Our Home’. I really like the home away from home feel.

The student tutor was great help for when I arrived and she helped me settle quickly even though she studies in Salo University but was always there to help me.

The GetFin classes have also been a big help to meet Chalita2new people. My favourite was the blueberry baking class. It was great being able to work with new people while making delicious food, the atmosphere was very relaxed. I also took part in language classes which was interesting. Trying to learn German was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

Now nearing the end of my time here I do not feel ready to go home and wish I could have extended the time I am here. Everyone I have met from fellow students and tutors have been amazing and I hope to return to Europe in the near future.

Text & photos: Chalita Maimeetuk