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"I appreciate the calmness of the people the modernity of the country” - student ambassador story

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Student ambassador Marie-Theres first came to Tampere as an exchange student.

How long have you been in Tampere and what brought you here?

I've been living in Tampere since 2017. Before that I had visited Finland about 15 times. Even though I first came to Tampere University as an exchange student I knew already before my exchange studies began that I want to stay in Finland and live here for hopefully the rest of my life.

What subject do you study and how did you choose it?

Master's: German language and culture as a major and Finnish language and English language as a minor Bachelor's: German language, culture and translation as a major and Finnish language and culture as a minor

What do you like most about Tampere and Finland? What has been the most surprising or different thing about living here?

I fell in love with Finland when I was still a child and nowadays I can't remember anymore what first attracted me that much to this country. I really appreciate the calmness of the people the modernity of the country and I love the natue. Before I moved here I had visited Finland very often since the age of 14 so I never had any kind of culture shock or big surprises while living here.

What are your hobbies in Tampere? Have you tried out any new hobbies after coming here?

I love attending concerts and spending time in the nature. I also like to travel through the country and I am part of a Finnish animal rights orgaization.

What would you say to someone who's trying to decide whether Tampere is the right place to come to study and live?

I would ask the person if they like big cities or rather smaller ones and if they like being closer to nature or rather like urbanity. I would also ask them what kind of university life they like and then advise.