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.

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