"I was happy to get accepted to Tampere University" - a student ambassador story
Tell us about yourself and your studies
I was born in Vietnam and have been in Finland for 5 years now. I was very happy to get accepted by the Tampere University for higher education. I study in the Master's programme in Environmental Engineering at Tampere University. I would like to continue growing professionally in the field and expand my network for more job opportunities in Finland. Therefore, I think the university programme and the university community as a whole is the right place for self-development and apply for the study place without hesitation.
Master's studies has changed my thinking level, maked me think more critically and seen the world insightfully. You know yourself as well as others and you have to make decisions on your own about studies. It has taken me some time to adjust to the university atmosphere. But once you have adjusted among the fellow students and teachers, truly, it has proved to be fun for you.
Can you share us your experiences in Tampere and Finland
I feel welcomed here. Everyone is equal like all students have equal opportunities to receive a high-quality education, and thanks to the flat hierarchy of Finnish universities, students are usually on a first-name basis with their professors.
There are tons of opportunities and vantage points for you to get involved in extracurricular activities outside school. But to me, I would go to the panoramic sky bar at Solo Sokos Hotel Torni Tampere which is the highest bar in the city at top of the highest hotel in Finland. A fascinating view is guaranteed and especially, there is no entrance so just go to enjoy the views and take a selfie.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about studying and living in Tampere?
My advice is to plan your budget before you arrive by researching the local price of popular items or services such as the price of bread, beer, public transport in Finland because it is one of the countries with high standards of living. When you are a part of Tampere University, there are several discounts for you as a student but always be financially prepared for your long-term stay. Especially to increase chances for employment after graduation, I would advise practising the Finnish language. Even though most Finns speak English, learning a few phrases in Finnish can demonstrate that you are motivated to learn the local language.