"The University gives you a great opportunity to realise your potential” - student ambassador story
How long have you been in Tampere and what brought you here?
I have been living in Tampere since January 2020. I first came to this city in July 2017 to meet my friend. Since then I have been in love with the city. This led me to apply for an exchange programme in 2018-2019. I stayed in the city for a year. My association with Tampere is 3 years long.
What subject do you study and how did you choose it?
I am a PhD researcher in media studies. My topic of research is Social Media and Political Propaganda in India. I had been passionate about media for a long time. A trolling incident on social media led me to choose my topic.
What do you like most about Tampere and Finland? What has been the most surprising or different thing about living here?
The thing I like most about Tampere is the greenery around the city and its accessibility. If you walk 3 km outside the city centre you are met with small forests. The thing I like about Finland most are its libraries. I am a book worm. The accessibility of libraries is one of the best aspects of living here. The most surprising or different thing about living here is snowing in winter. I am from the tropics, so I have not seen snowfall before in my life until I moved here.
What are your hobbies in Tampere? Have you tried out any new hobbies after coming here?
Reading books, going for long walks and travelling. The new hobby which I have picked up after moving here is blogging about my research.
What would you say to someone who's trying to decide whether Tampere is the right place to come to study and live?
Tampere is one of the best places to live in Finland. The University gives you a great opportunity to realise your potential. There is lot of opportunities for recreation. The libraries allow you to enhance your knowledge. Being a university town you get a real good international experience and exposure.