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.