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"Tampere never ceases to surprise me” - student ambassador story

Published on 9.10.2020
updated on 26.11.2021
Tampere University
Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences
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How long have you been in Tampere and what brought you here?

I came to Tampere in 2016 to study a PhD, which is what I’m doing at the moment. I wanted to go to a big city where I could enjoy a multicultural atmosphere.

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

My field of expertise is English and my PhD dissertation deals with linguistic sexism in Finnish, Spanish and English. I chose this topic because I noticed that there are great differences in the way people perceive linguistic sexism in Spain and Finland.

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

Tampere never ceases to surprise me. I like that Tampere is a vibrant city, the centre is full of people no matter the hour. Every neighbourhood has also its own personality. One of the things I love the most is watching the sunset over the lake Näsijärvi and go skating on it during the winter when its frozen. I like going to the old market hall for a cup of coffee and pulla or eating lunch whenever I can. It’s so unique and cozy.

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

I love art and going to museums. I've recently started painting and I also like photography. In the autumn, I love picking mushrooms; It’s something I had never done in my home country and I find it fascinating. Forests are so close to cities that it literally takes you 15 minutes to reach one and find mushrooms. Although I don’t understand ice hockey as well as football, I often go to see the women’s ice hockey league. I’ve probably seen more ice hockey matches live than football matches.

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

Tampere definitely has its perks. I love the fact that nature is all around. Every season you get to do and enjoy different things. But what I like the most about Finns is that they are very respectful, never judge you and give you physical and mental space to be yourself.

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