My name is Anya, I am 19 years old and a first year degree student in Lapland UAS. I’m writing to you today not because I was forced or because I have to, but because I truly and with all my heart love this school and want people to know more about it. I come from Russia and, as I already said, I am a first year student and I study Business Information Technology in Tornio campus. To start with, I had never planned coming over here and this all happened for me by chance, so when I arrived I had no idea what was waiting for me… Well, an endless adventure, as I discovered shortly after!
We arrived at the beginning of September, when It was still quite warm, and the first thing that I found priceless about Finland – is its nature. The very first evening the sunset and the river view took my breath away. And this view (and the northern lights if you are lucky enough) we keep seeing every day right from the dormitory windows! Only this is worth coming. And maybe it gets really cold in times (-37), even this frost is worth experiencing.
Very first and essential thing that I noticed that differs from my previous university is the support from the school staff. From the moment I took off the plane I was looked after literally every second. Everything you need to know is given to you and explained in details, tutors (selected students from 2-3 years) and teachers are your help 24/7. I never felt lonely, homesick or confused thanks to a constant care from all of them.
Talking about the studying process itself, from the beginning I was amazed how enjoyable it can be. The school building is very modern and equipped with the latest technology necessary for successful studies. Classrooms and halls are very bright and create a positive environment for a sometimes intense studying. Courses themselves are taught by qualified teachers that know how to balance practice with theory to keep lectures interesting and students progressing. Some of the classes might be challenging because this University uses Problem solving teaching. But this is exactly what makes it so exciting and actually fruitful in the end.
Apart from the educational part, Lapland UAS can be proud of its very well-organized social life. Coming here I wasn’t expecting to have so many after-school activities. Having spent here almost 6 months I’ve participated in dozens of team-building events and orientations events such as Checkpoints’ parties, Movie nights, evening BBQ, International food evening, the biggest event of the semester Cultural evening and of course student parties. Also, I became a member of a volleyball team, but there are many other sports to choose from (football, basketball, floorball etc.). Besides, University organized multiple trips to other two campuses in Kemi and Rovaniemi, we had a chance to visit Santa Claus village, see real reindeer and take a picture with Santa. Moreover, school encourages students to participates in different contests that sometimes include money rewards( I myself and my team won one of them). So, my life here is never boring and always busy with one or another activity, whether it’s a school project or a concert, I am always involved in something and I love it.
But no matter what, what I like probably the most is people. Lapland UAS manages to gather together people from all over the world to cooperate, work and learn from each other, which is not easy but so fruitful in the end. This part I find the most important one of the whole experience. For these 6 months I have met many great people from different countries, made some hopefully long-term friendships, made useful contacts, shared my culture and learnt about others’. It made me expand my boarders and look further. It taught me tolerance, patience, understanding and respect of another opinion. It taught me to think different and to accept difference, overcome challenges alone and with a group.
To be honest, there are too many good words I can say about my days in the walls of Lapland UAS. The one more thing that I’d like to add is that: If you are looking for a place to learn and grow, professionally and personally, for caring teachers, real experience, great social life and people from all over the world – this university is sure choice. Just join us, we live it large.
-Anna Lobko, BIT student-