"Everyone here has been very welcoming" - student ambassador story
How long have you been in Tampere and what brought you here?
This is my first semester (autumn 2020) in Tampere. I came here for my master's degree in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research after completing my bachelor's degree in Germany.
What subject do you study and how did you choose it?
As said, I'm in the Peace programme (optimistic name!) and I chose it for various reasons. During my BA, my studies were mainly about things that had already happened and people who wrote about it. The work we did, all the research we did, didn't have a purpose, didn't lead to anything or had an impact on anything. So I searched for something more closely related to what I want to do later on as a job, something closer to ~reality~, you might say. There were also other reasons, but that is too long of a story to write here! If anyone wants to talk about it, feel free to contact me.
What do you like most about Tampere and Finland? What has been the most surprising or different thing about living here?
To be honest, the most surprising thing were Finnish doors. At first, I didn't understand that you needed two hands to open them - and to this day, I don't get why the doors are like this, but at least I can open them now! You know, when you cannot even open doors, you really question yourself, but things here, small ones, are just different compared to other countries I have been to. Considering that I didn't really know anything about Finland or Tampere before coming here, my experiences have been very good so far. I fell in love with Korvapuusti (a cinnamon bun), the lake behind my TOAS building and much more. Everyone here has been very welcoming (and trying to teach me more Finnish, but this language and I don't seem to get along very well).
What are your hobbies in Tampere? Have you tried out any new hobbies after coming here?
I did some long-distance running before and I am still doing that here. In Tampere, it is quite easy to get out into nature and run alongside lakes and through forests. I can highly recommend spending as much time outside as possible! Other than that, I like cooking with friends and exploring cute places.
What would you say to someone who's trying to decide whether Tampere is the right place to come to study and live?
Definitely talk to as many people who have lived in Tampere or are still living here as possible. They will give you an insight on what to do here, how to cope with the weather and many details on the study programme you're interested in.
Photo: Jonne Renvall