Into the wild

Finland is synonym of nature for me. So for all nature lovers, Turku is the paradise! I have had the opportunity to discover a lot of amazing places near Turku. I could see these places during different seasons and each time is magical. During the summer, you can enjoy long walks and picnics. During the autumn, you can see amazing and powerful colours and also smell the good perfume of woods. Finally, during the winter, frozen landscapes offer an unforgettable memory.

My favourite places are Ruissalo and Kurjenrahka National Park. When the weather is good, there is an incredible atmosphere in Ruissalo. You can meet a lot of interesting people, grill sausages in front of the Baltic Sea and participate to a lot of activities like paddling or kayaking. I have done a lot of walks during the autumn and the colours were stunning. I will never get tired of this place! During the winter, when the weather is colder, you can live the amazing experience of ice-swimming with sauna. It’s really typical in Finland and you should really try that!

Kurjenrahka National Park

Kurjenrahka National Park

Kurjenrahka National Park is an otherworldly place! You can make long walks around the lake and see the wonderful landscapes. According to where you are, you can have a different view of the park, it is really impressive. You can rent a cottage near Kurjenrahka and enjoy the nature for a week-end, it is a really good way to take a deep breath of fresh air!

I really appreciated all my adventures in the nature near Turku. I feel good in these places, far of the pollution and stress of the cities. It is as if the time stopped for several hours. The nature is really invigorating.

Text & photo: Florie Lefèvre

Differences between TUAS and my home institution

Main entrance of TUAS, Sepänkatu campus

Main entrance of TUAS, Sepänkatu campus

I’m a Belgian student and I’m studying International Business at Turku University of Applied Sciences. TUAS is really different compared to my home institution. I discovered another teaching method, rules and work method. It was a really good experience for me, so I would like to share it with you.

Firstly I’m really impressed by the teaching method. In Finland, you do not stay on your seat to listen a teacher during some hours. At TUAS you have a lot of group work with other students, discussions with teachers and projects. It was a little bit difficult for me in the beginning because I’m shy and my English is not really good. But after 2 weeks I was more confident and I gave my opinion more easily. It is a good method for me because you can learn from others and share your knowledges and opinions. There are also a lot of oral presentations. So you can improve a lot of your presentation skills. Teachers are really friendly, they are not there to judge you but they want helping you to develop your competences.

Secondly the assessments are really different than in Belgium. At TUAS you have a grade. You can have a grade from 1 to 5 (5 is the best). The assessment includes group assignments, your involvement in class and the final exam. The more you are involved in your courses, the higher your grade is. In Belgium, it is the opposite. The more you do mistakes in your assignments and exams the lower your grade is. I find that the method of TUAS is really good because this method motivates students to be interested in their courses and also to give your best.

The last point which is really different here compared to Belgium is the rules in the class. At TUAS, students can leave the classroom when they want. For example, to get a coffee, to take a phone call or to go to the bathroom. It is strange for me because in Belgium, this kind of behaviour is considered like impolite and students cannot do that.

It was really funny and interesting to learn and adapt to these differences.

Text & photo: Florie Lefèvre