"A great combination of modernity and nature" - student ambassador story
How long have you been in Tampere and what brought you here originally?
I moved to Tampere over a year ago. I came here to pursue my 4 years bachelor degree in ICT at TAMK.
What subject do you study and how did you choose it?
I am following the Bachelor's Degree Programme in Software Engineering. My decision derived from numerous reasons. Mainly, it was my desire for an ICT career.
How would you describe Tampere as a student city?
I would regard Tampere as a great combination of modernity and nature. Firstly, the city centre contains many high-end shops and spectacular buildings, but the surrounding areas still have abundant forests and fresh atmosphere. Secondly, the cost of living in Tampere is affordable and part-time jobs are somehow available for students. Lastly, the student union and student-centred companies are very supportive; they offer very good deals for all students about accommodation, services, etc.
Have you had issues settling in Tampere? How did you overcome difficulties?
While settling in Tampere, I was struck by culture shock since it's my first time studying abroad by myself with no friends or relatives nearby. Fortunately, I overcame it by jogging in nature. When I was under pressure, I would take a short jog around my area and clear my mind. In addition, being involved in activities outside the classroom has helped me. For example, being student ambassador and international tutor, using SportUni facilities or external courses has made a difference in my life.
To whom would you recommend Tampere as a place to study and why?
I would proudly recommend Tampere and TAMK to everyone who aims to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in ICT. Besides the comparable quality, the affordable cost of living, and supportive student communities, career prospects are quite promising for both graduates and undergraduates.
Photo: Dimitra Panopoulou-Huovila