As an exchange student, and coming from Centennial College in Toronto, Canada. I was excited for the opportunity to study in Finland. When I arrived for the fall semester, I was surprised to see the number of ways that students are able to get involved in both the school community and the local community. I participated in several ESN events, “shout to doctor pleasure,” for making sure us exchange students had a blast in St Petersburg one of the many planned trips that ESN has to offer. Great times!!! I made a lot of new friends and had a great time learning and exploring.
Bottom left is me…. ESN river cruise St. Petersburg RUSSIA
I recently took a short trip to Famous Lapland, in Northern Finland. That is where I met Finland´s most famous resident Santa Claus. I never thought I would go to Elf School never mind getting a diploma. Northern Finland was fun, and even though it was MINUS 14 degrees, the people were warm. I had the opportunity to go dog sledding, if you ever get the chance I highly recommend it. I also enjoyed a Reindeer ride, although it didn´t fly…. Lappish food was a very satisfying end to my trip to the North. If you´re up for an adventure, don´t forget to take a trip to Lapland!
Text and photo by: Mellissa Airal