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"The student culture here is amazing" - student ambassador story

Published on 2.2.2021
updated on 18.1.2022
Tampere University
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
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Student ambassador David is originally from Ireland. He fell in love with Finland during his exchange semester.

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

I have been here since the summer of 2019, and was previously at Tampere University of Technology as an exchange student back in 2015/16. When I was an exchange student I fell in love with Finland, the nature, the culture, and the people, but also I experienced something very important and that was the student culture here in Tampere.

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

I study Data Engineering & Machine Learning at the Hervanta Campus. I chose this subject as it is the subject of the future, more and more technology is now utilising machine learning, and I want to be a part of that forward leap.

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

Beginning with Finland as a whole, everyone has a respect for nature, and for one another. There is nature all around you which you are free to roam in, camp in, or even forage for berries and mushrooms. Furthermore, Finns have a respect for each other's personal space, and I have also found them to be very caring and supportive. Also on another note I really enjoy cold weather and snow, so Finland is ideal for those. Now, more specifically in Tampere, usually I do not really like cities much but Tampere is so vibrant and instead of claustrophobic, it feels inviting. The buildings aren't too big and the streets aren't too small, there's a wide variety of food and drink, including mustamakkara which is very similar to Irish black pudding.

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

In a normal situation, a lot of my free time is spent doing stuff with the guilds and clubs in the university. The student culture here is amazing and it is something that I encourage all students to take part in as it is so rewarding, and when you are on the board of a guild or club you are able to make a difference, help other students, and make them happy. Also, I enjoy making the most of the nature here, so I often to go walking through the forests and by the lakes, taking opportunities to go camping, fishing, or simply just sit around a campfire with friends. I am also a huge fan of music, rock and metal in particular, so I often go to the many concerts that we have regularly in Tampere, and also festivals, and cruises throughout the year, Finland definitely is the capital of metal.

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

I really enjoy how studies are here in Tampere, all the professors are more than happy to help if you have any problems, and I have found most of my studies to be very enjoyable. There are plenty of areas that you can study, and plenty of resources at your disposal. We also have FabLab which allows you access to laser cutters, 3D printers, embroidery machines and more, which is really nice for making items for hobbies. On the note of the student culture here, it is simply amazing, everyone is open and welcoming. So many students are here to help and support you, and also try to organise events and other things so that after a long day of studying you might have something available to relax or blow off some steam. Considering I have moved here permanently, I would definitely recommend anyone else to do the same.