Finternational Stories – Everyday life in Turku / Salo (written By Hope Bowen)

A typical Monday in my life here in Salo starts at around 8:30 when I get up. We have a meeting with our student cooperative, AMPED business solutions, weekly on Mondays at 10. We have learned that the finnish students here don’t have some kind of weekly meetings, but when we founded AMPED we decided that this would be best to get a structure and always be up to date. After getting up, I usually have breakfast with my two flatmates. One of them is also from Germany as me, and studies business as well. The other girl is from Scotland and is a nursing student, so we try to eat together whenever she is not at work in the hospital in Salo. Sometimes we have a so called “Tribal call” on Mondays at 10. When this event happens, all student cooperatives meet and the spokespersons tell everyone what kind of projects they are working on currently and whether they need help of other cooperatives. If there is a tribal call, we have the meeting afterwards. We usually discuss whether there is progress on our projects during the meeting, and check what the little teams in our company have been working on in the last week. I am one of the marketing managers, so my job is to work together with social media and get in contact with possible customers.

Depending on how long these meetings go, we usually all have lunch together and then some of us stay at uni to work, and some go back to Hakis (that’s the nickname for our student dormitory). Most of the time I stay at school until around 5 and then go for a walk to get some fresh air after a long day of work. Me and my flatmates then usually cook together in the evenings and I meet some of my friends for a movie night in the evening. If it’s the weekend, we all meet up and have a drink together and maybe go out afterwards. I really like my life here, and it now has its own routine.

Finternational stories – Difference between my home and TUAS institution (written By Hope Bowen)

In Germany, I study at Cologne Business School. It is already completely different from TUAS because CBS is in the city centre of Cologne, and there is basically everything but no peace and quiet. As I don’t study at the Turku, but Salo campus of Turku AMK I don’t have that suburban feeling here. It definitely is a nice change, because I enjoy being out in the nature. Salo is very rural but I like it that way. We still have everything we need here, and if we want to go out we can take the train or bus to Turku.

The biggest difference is probably in the system of teaching. In Cologne, I have a set schedule and spend most of my week in lessons from 9-6. It is all very theoretical, whereas my studies in Salo are the complete opposite and very practical. It takes some time to get used to the change, but that goes quite easily. We have training sessions twice a week in Salo, where we talk about topics that could improve our knowledge for projects with our coaches. Most of the training sessions the students get to choose the topic and design a session for the other students, which is a really nice change as well. Me and my friend have done two training sessions in our 4-month stay: The first was about communication skills, and the second about Event Management. I felt these topics where very appropriate, as most of our projects had something to do with planning events, and communication is something that all of need. We had had some difficulties in our student cooperative due to bad communication, so this was designed to help our company and the team spirit out. These are possibilities I would not have at CBS, but I can’t really say which way of studying I enjoy more. The theoretical is very stressful due to exams, yet practical learning also requires a lot of your time. I am very thankful to have made both experiences.

 

Student life in Turku – Adapting

Life in another country is nothing short of terrifying. My first few days here were emotional due to being the first to move into our accommodation. Being first had left my friend and I feeling lonely and unsafe, however I am grateful that I had a friend from my home university to keep me company as doing it alone would have made me feel very vulnerable. Fears ran through my head, what if I can’t cope on my own without my parents? What is something bad happens? Who is going to make my dentist appointments now? Haha, Joking I can do them on my own…. Sometimes.

When more people started to move in, Retrodorm had begun to feel more like home. I have a friendly outgoing personality so making new friends was not a problem, although as more time passed I see them more as a family than friends which makes life in the flat very welcoming at all times. We all share a common room and a very small kitchen. It’s very intimate but extremely annoying sometimes, especially when four people want to cook at the same time. Our flat contains fourteen people, so this actually happens a lot.

I am the most independent I have ever been as I am now doing my own grocery shopping, laundry, travel arrangements, rent payments and organization of placement. All of which I had help with at home from friends, family or my home university. This gives me confidence that I will continue to adapt well and improve personally and professionally.

Concluding my blog on adapting, I would like to leave you with this….

In my first few days of coming here I never knew how much I would change as a person, I never knew how this experience would make me a better person. It has! By gaining this independence, I’ve become myself, my true self! I know this sounds cliché, but it’s true. When you get away from everything at home, your responsibilities, your problems, even your boyfriends!!! You see yourself in a different way, a good way and it puts everything into perspective! I promise to anyone ever thinking about Erasmus, it’s an experience not to be missed! It’s hard but it will be worth it I assure you.

Rebecca Garfield

 

 

 

FINLAND AND TURKU

 I´ve always had a kind of fascination for the culture and the nature of Nordic countries, so when I saw Turku between my Erasmus’ options I really didn´t have second thoughts about it, life is a continuous challenging and a constant race of learning and experience, so I believe that going out your “comfort zone´´ in such a drastic way as living in a different country and learning its culture is something everyone needs to do at least once in life.

Furthermore, as a nursing student I was really interesting in checking by myself the famous “learning method´´ here in Finland which is known for having the best Education in the world and of course for improving my sanitary knowledge and skills, I also was interested in having my practical training in a finish hospital and in being able to compare it with my country Sanitary system.

Living in Turku is quite easy , is a little comfortable city that has everything you could need, even if at the first weeks the cultural differences still shocks you a little bit,  for example for me, I remember finding everything extremely calm , but once you get used to it , you end loving the constant silence. Another problem that I had and( I’m still having) is with the lunch and dinner timetable , it´s quite shocking for someone who is used to have lunch at 14:30 to start eating at 11:00 and the same with the dinner , but this differences only make the experience richer.

Let’s talk about the cold, one of the first things that are in our minds when we think about Finland, and the most feared one, I have to admit that the first weeks the cold was really a problem for me but now I feel that is not the big deal that it used to be, it´s perfectly bearable, Finland makes all its guests strongest I think, and being able to see snow, real heavy snow, it has been a wonderful present for me.

 

Now that I’ve been in Turku for almost four months, I only have grateful words for this country, it´s impossible not falling in love with its nature, its language and with the multicultural experience itself, here I´ve made friends from different nationalities, improved y English and even learned a bit of finish, so definitely Finland, thank you for everything and I hope to visit your be here once again, Kiitos!

 

Written by : Angela Núñez Serrano

GAME ON !

TUAS Gaming battle 

Our life is a made up of big and small wonderful experiences and the student life in Finland is just one of the examples. The student life offers you so many amazing and unforgettable experiences that stay with you. Those experiences are not only in the form of studies, lectures or school stuff but also the extra-curricular activities that you do, sport tournaments and other fun events that you attend and enjoy with your friends.

The student life in Finland is definitley one of the best ongoing experience for me. I had an amazing time and and I will continue to cherish every opportunity that I get in the future. Recently some students on behalf of TUAS organized a Gaming competition named “TUAS Gaming Battle” for the students of TUAS specifically but the students of other universities could join after paying an entrance fee. Now who doesn’t like gaming? If you are an IT student and have a little bit intrest in game design or gaming in general that this event was the best attraction for them and luckily ICT is full of such gaming Enthusiast.

I couldn’t wait for the event when I heard about it. The arrangments were made quite nicely with atleast 5 different screen connected to a PS4, a PS3, an XBOX 360 and 2 PC’s. The Games bieng played in the contest were FIFA 17, Mortal Kombat, Need for speed, Call of duty and Tekken Tag 2. A football crazy fan like me surely started with FIFA 17 and after quite a few knockout rounds, reached the Final and won it by a good aggregate. 

Meanwhile in other games I couldn’t do very well because there were really good player playing them while my only strength was FIFA. The event continued for almost 8 hours. The eyes and mind were tired but the fun was never ending. At the end all the winners, including me, recived a gift from the organizers. Bieng a FIFA Champ I was really happy and it went down as one of the best gaming expereince of my life.