My Erasmus exchange is LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY!!! Crazy! I thought I’d share where I am in the process right now with you guys. Going on an exchange is way harder than just getting on a plane and going.
So far I have done the following:
- Applied in my home university for the exchange.
- Applied to Kempten UAS.
- Done a language assessment test.
- Done a bunch of “GoAbroad” assignments: essays, powerpoints and budgets…
- Applied for housing in Kempten
- Had a huge headache thinking about courses to take, how to get money and everything else in my school and daily life that will be put on hold during my exchange. <— this has been the hardest so far. It sucks having a nice apartment, less than a year left of your studies and a job and just getting up and leaving. It’s a huge inconvenience but I know I won’t regret it.
And I still have to:
- Book plane tickets.
- Check up my scholarship
- …..write about 10 pages on my thesis and a bunch of assignments for school.
Can you guys understand that 2016 is almost over? It feels like it’s still …2008! The years go by way to fast. I spent Christmas with my family in Vaasa and now I’m back in Southern Finland again for work.
Right now I’m pretty sick, which absolutely sucks. It’s the third time this month I’m sick and I’m pretty sure it is due to stress. Stress is not usually something I react to, but I’ve been working, traveling, trying to find time to see friends and going to school this past month. There is only so much you can do in 24 hours and I can imagine it’s taking it’s toll.
Hopefully I will feel better sooner than later!
Hello everyone! This morning we got up at 5:30 am and started driving towards Helsinki’s harbor where we took the boat over to Tallinn, Estonia! I have to admit I was a bit shocked about the boat, I haven’t been on many cruises but this one would have to be the worst one yet. Luckily it only took us 2 hours to get from Helsinki to Tallinn, so it didn’t matter that the ride over sucked!
So far we’ve had time to dine out twice, visit the old town twice and go shopping twice! I’m exhausted and I was thrilled to be able to take a bath and drink some hot chocolate when I got back to the hotel!
Tomorrow is going to be a loooooong day, we’ll be hitting the gym in the early morning before getting some breakfast and heading to the Christmas market! Hopefully we’ll have time to go to the old town for a third time before the boat leaves for Helsinki in the evening.
Hey guys! I just got my acceptance letter to Kempten University!!! I’m so excited but I’m a bit stressed out. I have one week of school left, a trip to Tallinn, a Christmas to celebrate and having to find time to work.
January and February I’ll just be working to save money for my exchange, which kind of sucks but it will be worth it. Right know one of my priorities is also to get some assignments done which are looooooong overdue. I have been seeing deadlines more like guidelines lately which means pretty much nothing has been done for school in a while.
And they put up the Christmas tree here in Turku a while ago, sadly the snow has melted away… I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a white Chrismas this year!
Today I got to experience something totally new for me, being a tour guide! I have to confess I was a bit nervous in the beginning, especially when the buss drove away and I was standing with a group of strangers on the street… Luckily I had a classmate with me so I didn’t have to do it alone.
We showed them around Turku by foot and gave some background information about important landmarks. Let me just tell you this, there is SO much more you need to know than just the information and route!
- What do you do with people who walk slower than snails??? Are you supposed to chase them? Do you have to stop and wait every 100 meters??
- What about cranky people who don’t enjoy the tour? When you’re showing amazing views and they refuse to smile and just huff and look at their watch. Ouch.
- What do you do when people ask you weird questions that you really don’t know the answer to? There is always going to be that one question you can’t answer!
- Counting how many people are part of the group is a great idea, and do it in the beginning! Wondering if someone got left behind sucks.
Those were just 4 of the many things we were thinking about after our tour was over. I bet experienced guides have a few tips and tricks, but being a total rookie we sure didn’t know!
Fall is finally here, it was lovely for about 2 days and now it’s pretty much over. Fall in Finland is pretty much just wind, rain and some more rain. A bit depressing to say the least. One of my favorite things to do during fall is drinking tea and burning scented candles and that’s an activity I can do inside! So it’s not that bad with all the rain outside. I’m still hoping to get some good pics so I hope the weather clears up before the leaves fall of the trees. =)