My day as a student in Finland

Being a student is not as easy as some people may imagine, it is one of the hardest tasks in life and there is no way one can escape it as long as he/she is student.

My day as a student in Finland started off when I first attend the orientation at the beginning of January, which is when I felt that the student life has begun again after a long December holiday. being an exchange student in a country that I have never been to made me very excited and I couldn’t wait to begin with my contact lessons. I wanted to see how they teach in Finland and how different it is to my home university.

Before I know it, I had started with my contact lessons and it was going well. I started with my work placements at the two libraries (TYY library and TUAS –linnankatu library). I have gained a lot of experience at these libraries especially the TUAS library because it is a music library and I have never worked in a music library and we do not have music libraries in Namibia. It was a very exciting experience and knowledge.

I have met a lot of people, other exchange students from different countries around the world and it is a good experience too, learning and getting to know other peoples cultures, languages etc.

I have attended some parties, one of the most interesting parties I have attended was the international dinner party. This was very interesting because I had to meet people from different countries and the typical food in their countries as well. During my free time I had also gone to the ice swimming and the sauna, I liked it because it is not something I do at home. We do not have sauna at home.

I have enjoyed every moment of my stay in Finland.

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Text and photo: Sara Nyuooma

Finland and Turku

Being an African, a Namibian to be specific, travelling to another continent is such an adventure in my life. This is my first time travelling to Europe, Finland. It is a very exciting experience since it got me exposed to various things including culture, the lifestyle and a whole lot of things.

Being an exchange student has always been my dream. one of my lecturer was once an exchange student here in Finland, in Oulu and he has always told us in class how beautiful Finland is and how good it is to be an exchange student as you will get to be exposed to different thing, including the education system, the working environment as I am also doing my work placement, the language, the food etc.

since then I have never stopped bothering him, asking when the applications for the next exchange students program is coming out, I would go to his office almost every beginning of the year just to ask if there will be an exchange program that specific year, and when the opportunity came I applied and my application was successful, thus I consider this exchange as a fulfillment of my dream.

I have experienced quite a number of things in Finland that are not in Namibia, like, the sauna. We don’t have sauna in Namibia and I was very excited to see the sauna, so one day we went ice swimming and to the sauna, it was a very wonderful experience. I was also excited to see the snow because it is not something that we have in Namibia and I was seeing it for the first time.

I have visited varies places in Turku, the cathedral, the Turku castle, the Museum and some night clubs. I have also visited a whole lot of libraries since I am a library and information science student. I have visited the Turku city library and I have done my work placement at the TYY library and the Turku University of Applied sciences (Linnankatu library). I have also visited about three libraries in Helsinki and the white church.

My life has evolved. I can proudly say I have all the experience to cherish and learn from as an accomplishment. My capability to adapt to new environments got me going in Finland. I have gained a lot of knowledge that I am proudly going to share back home.

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Text and photo: Sara Nyuooma

Differences between TUAS and the University of Namibia (UNAM)

I am from the University of Namibia and I would like to share some of the differences between my University and TUAS although there is no much difference, there are some slightly differences.

One of the differences is the days and time range of classes.

At TUAS they spend quite many hours in one contact lesson with the teacher, of about four to six hours. This does not usually happen in my University (I have never attended a lesson more than four hours at the University of Namibia). In my opinion I think this is too much but then again it is a rule. And they normally attend a lesson once a week or in two weeks.

At the University of Namibia (UNAM), the maximum time of attending a contact lesson with the lecturer is 2 hours, which is if it is a double class because normally we have single lessons of only one hour and it can be attended four times a week.

Another difference is that
At TUAS they have a system whereby students can interact with the teacher or other students on the University internet page called “Optima”, thus they mostly do not attend classes but can still learn through the internet and get assignments there and submit assignments also, it is really a good system. This is a system we don’t have at the University of Namibia, so students have to always attend contact lessons with the lecturers. The University of Namibia´s portal only has a space for the lecturers to send assignments and notes to the students but students cannot interact with the lecturer or other students there.

Otherwise, I don’t see much difference in the education system apart from the above mentioned aspects.

Text by: Sara Nyuooma