"Take advantage of the affordable and amazing sports offers at Tampere university” - student ambassador story
How long have you been in Tampere and what brought you here?
I first came to Tampere in August 2018 for an exchange semester. When I decided to go abroad during my Bachelor’s studies, I looked through my university’s partner institutions in the Nordic countries since I had never been in any of them - but always wanted to go. A friend of mine had been on exchange in Tampere the year before and told me that I would love it. Eventually, I didn’t only spend my exchange semester here, but also came back to Tampere for my Master’s studies a year later!
What subject do you study and how did you choose it?
I’m a student in the Master’s degree programme Leadership for Change – Governance for Sustainable Change. During my undergraduate studies, I became passionate about sustainability and soon realised that I wanted to do a Master’s which would focus on just this. I was attracted by the Master’s programme’s multidisciplinary outline – it combines politics, governance and business studies – and chose the specialisation in governance which will get me a degree in public administration. Currently, I’m working on my Master’s thesis which will be about the role of community initiatives and local governments in local sustainability transitions.
What do you like most about Tampere and Finland? What has been the most surprising or different thing about living here?
What I like about Tampere in particular is the city’s old-industrial beauty (it is sometimes referred to the “Manchester of the North”) and the fact that you can reach all the important places around the centre without needing a car. In fact, I’m a great fan of Tampere’s biking infrastructure since it has a lot more bike lanes than all the other cities I’ve lived in before. The proximity to the stunning nature surrounding Tampere is something else I’ve come to appreciate and something which is quite typical of Finnish cities. And of course, in some clear nights you might even see some Northern lights!
What are your hobbies in Tampere? Have you tried out any new hobbies after coming here?
Like many people that come to Finland from abroad, I tried out Sauna here for the first time and fell in love with it. Although I never thought that I might enjoy this truly Finnish experience (who would like sweating in a stuffy room with a bunch of other people?!), it has become one of my favourite leisure activities to do with friends. Another thing I can recommend to any student is taking advantage of the affordable and amazing sports offers at Tampere university. At my previous university, sports classes were expensive and difficult to get in – here, however, I do a lot more sports, choosing various exercise classes at the university and going for runs in the nearby woods. What I look forward to doing in winter is ice skating – or rather, learning to ice skate! There are a lot of ice rinks around town when it’s cold enough and it’s also possible to ice skarte on Tampere’s big lakes when they’re frozen.
What would you say to someone who's trying to decide whether Tampere is the right place to come to study and live?
Well, if all this hasn't convinced you yet, I can only say that Tampere is a great place to live in. The university has a good reputation and there are many ways to get active in student life outside common university studies. You should definitely join one of the many student associations that organise educational and leisure activities on and off campus!