"Tampere never ceases to surprise me" – student ambassador story

Monica Sanchez Torres
Student Ambassador Mónica Sánchez Torres comes from Spain. She has been living in Tampere since 2016.

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

I came to Finland in 2012 and to Tampere in 2016. More precisely, I went to Joensuu to study an MA in English Language and Culture. Having lived for some years in the East, I decided two years ago to move to the West 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. The university’s prestige and quality of teaching also played an important role for me.

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

My field of expertise is English language 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 most like about Tampere and Finland?

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 about your hobbies in Tampere or in Finland?

I love art, which results in going to museums. 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 deciding 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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