"Tampere – a lively city with many opportunities" – student ambassador story

Kelly Keodara
Student Ambassador Kelly Keodara comes from United States. She has been living in Tampere since 2017.

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

I have been living in Tampere since August 2017. Fortunately, my acceptance into the Master Degree Program of Media Education at the Tampere University brought me to this beautiful city!

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

For my undergraduate studies, I majored in Media Studies and minored in Entrepreneurship. During this time, I worked as a foreign language tutor and found my true passion for teaching and lifelong learning. Therefore when searching for a Master degree, I knew that I wanted to enroll in a program with both media and education combined. Luckily, I found that in Tampere and it gave me a good reason to live in a country that has one of the best education systems of the world!

What do you most like about Tampere and Finland?

Everything. The people are so polite, honest and helpful. The nature is breathtaking, pure and untouched. The environment is safe, clean and full of opportunities. I have really enjoyed my time here in Finland, especially in Tampere with the international atmosphere.

What about your hobbies here in Tampere or in Finland?

My hobbies are reading, playing piano, dancing and singing karaoke. As I am involved in many student associations, I have had various opportunities to experience my favorite activities in a Finnish environment. I must say that I am so ecstatic to be a part of a culture that enjoys karaoke as much as I do!

What would you say to someone deciding whether Tampere is the right place to come to study and live?

Do it. Tampere is such a lively city with many opportunities to thrive academically, professionally and personally. There is a support system from all realms that are there for the residents from the very first step. I highly recommend living here.

Anything else you want to say?

It is an honor to be a Tampere ambassador and I look forward to representing this wonderful city in the most positive light!