My life in Turku

My days as a student are quite long. I’m doing my internship here for 4 days a week, from tuesday till friday. The alarm clock rings at 6 o’clock, so pretty early to wake up (in my opinion). Most of the days I don’t want to go outside my bed, because it’s cold in my room. But…I have to. After eating my breakfast I make my lunch. So I can take my lunch with me to my clinical placement.
We have different hospitals were we’re doing our practicing. So depending on which hospital I have to be, I will walk or I will take the bus. 2 of the hospitals are nearby and the other is a little bit further away from Retrodorm. When I take the bus I meet up with the other students (also from the Netherlands and doing their practicing here) at the busstation. First we take the bus to ‘Kauppatori’ and then we take the bus to the hospital. After 30 minutes of traveling I’m at the (TYKS)hospital.

Every week we have another department were I’m doing my practicing. So till now I’ve been at the radiation therapy, the MRI and the Emergency Care CT & X-rays.
The days are very different. At the MRI and radiation therapy you have patients during the whole day. When I was at the Emergency Care it was so different. Sometimes the days or a few hours were really busy and sometimes there were only a few patients during the whole day. This is so different in comparison with the Netherlands. Because we get a call when there’s an Emergency and then we need to go to that department. Here is a special group, 24 hours 7 days, who are working here. Sometimes the days are quite boring.

Beside my practicing days I have to work for school, because I have a lot of assignments, presentations, demonstrations and other thing I need to do. I’m also doing two extra courses, ‘Get Finternational’ and ‘Finnish for Exchange Students’. These courses are after worktime on tuesday and wednesday.

So my tuesday and wednesday are quite similar, first I have to work from 8.00 till 15.30 and then I have school from 16.15 till 18.00. These days are quite long and sometimes the lessons are hard to follow. For the ‘Get Finternational’ course I need to do 3 workshops (lectures & workshops), 3 Get Finternational activities (like language classes or writing a blog) and I have to do 2 other activities from ESN (like HAM, Hang Around Mondays).

But that’s not everything I’m doing here 😉 I’m in my last year of my study and I have to make my thesis. So I have to follow, as much as possible, lecture from my own school in the Netherlands (Fontys, Eindhoven). And I have to write my thesis for a part here in Finland. So my days are really busy.

Don’t forget to enjoy your time, have a lot of fun, travel as much as you can and off van_Dijk_Blog 3_picture1course do something for your courses here 🙂
I hope you enjoyed reading my blog!



Text an photo: Sofie van Dijk

Exploring Finland

This is the second time I’m in Finland right now. The first time I visited my sister (2 years ago), who was studying ‘nursing’ in Salo for 6 months. The first time I was here was really different in comparison with the second time. The first time was in October and was a little bit warmer than it is now, the second time.

I’m happy that I’m back in Finland and that I can see a totally different Finland. Because there’s a lot of snow, ice and really cold weather. I have seen a lot of new, beautiful and different places, during the 1 month I’m here. We visited Helsinki and Tallinn in one weekend, it was really nice. I’ve seen this cities before, but it is so different now with snow! So I’m glad that I had the opportunity to go back to these cities.

After our practicing we took the train to Helsinki, to take the night ferry to Tallinn. Tallinn is a beautiful place in Estonia. It’s like 2,5 hours by ferry from Helsinki. We spend 1 day in the old city of Tallinn and 1 day in Helsinki. In Helsinki we spend most of the time on Suomenlinna. This is a beautiful island near by Helsinki.

During my staying here I’ ve seen a lot of beautiful places. We had a tour through Turku, van_Dijk_Blog 2_picture1were we’ ve seen the cathedral, the river, the shopping center (‘Kauppatori’) and the hospitals were we are doing our internship.
We’ ve also been to Ruissalo, this was so beautiful! The sun was shining so it wasn’t that cold anymore, but the lake was completly frozen. We made some great pictures and walked on the lake. If you’ re in Turku or nearby Turku, go to this place.

Our tutor, from the study, had a suprise for us. We were going to Kaarina. There was an van_Dijk_Blog 2_picture2old castle that they broke down, so now it was a ruin. Behind the ruin was the ocean. It was so beautiful, the ocean was totally frozen and there was a lot of snow. She had some Finnish specialties with her and we had a little picnic. The Finnish specialties were ‘korvapuusti’ (Kind of bread with cinnamon), ‘Joulupiparit’ (also known as ginger bread) and ‘Selja-mehu’ (kind of tea made of flowers).

If you are coming to Turku, there are a lot of beautiful places to see. And they are really different with or without snow! And if you are lucky…you have tutors who takes you to some places you would never come.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog!

Text and photos: Sofie van Dijk

Student life at Retrodorm

I arrived on the 3th of January, together with my friend Eileen. We spoke to our tutors on facebook. We arranged that they would pick us up from the airport in Turku. When I arrived in Turku I was really excited about the adventure, our room and our tutors. Eileen her suitcase was lost, so OUR TUTORS  waited for us for a long time. Katja and Alexandra are our tutors and they are really NICE .They brought us, by car, to Retrodorm and showed us our rooms. They arranged everything pretty well. They picked up our starting package, mobile phone number (with Finnish number) and they got us bedsheets, because these weren’t in the starting package.

We (Eileen and I) have a double room (shared apartment with two lockable rooms, shared hallway and toilet). The floor we live on has 17 rooms, with one shared kitchen, one shared shower (with 2 showers), one laundry room and a common area.

The first days in Retrodorm were awesome! We had different kind of evenings, like playing poker, movie nights and a lot of different games like ‘ who am I?’ and card games.

It was really nice to have a small group of people, because then you get to know each other. We went with a lot of  friends from Retrodorm to the welcome-party at  ‘Börs’. This was a really great evening, with a lot of fun, dancing and singing!

Retrodorm is a really nice place to live, because there are a lot of different nationalities, van_Dijk_Blog 1_picture1cultures, studies and different kind of people. Everybody is trying to do their best with speaking English, because most people will understand this language.
Everyone has their own habits, only a few people are cooking dinner, some of them only eat rice and some other people are always eating cheese, yoghurt and a bottle of wine.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog!



Text and photo: Sofie van Dijk