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They say that student years are the brightest and most fascinating ones. Well, I do enjoy them, but I can say for sure that it wouldn’t be so awesome in case I just studied all the time. Student life includes not only sleepless «finish home assignments» nights, days spent in the library, and thesis writing. It also brings a lot of extracurricular activities in your daily routine.
When I came to Finland I heard the word "Xylitol" a lot of times, but couldn't catch its meaning. In a while I made a conclusion that xylitol was a Finnish brand of chewing gum. And when it seemed that the mystery of this word was solved I was totally confused when it turned out that my assumptions were wrong.
At the time, I have wondered myself "What helped me learn?" many times so maybe the aspects I exploited – just in general, somehow a little bit different from the ones expected by the Teachers, I guess. Nonetheless, it becomes clearer to me that the focus of Finnish education is the learning process class by class or case by case, the world different from Vietnamese one. Having thinking about this, I should specify throughout the studies. The way that the messages of lectures are conveyed and self-curiosity, chance for interactions with the Teachers and active role during group-work enable me to master the lessons.
When looking for a Finnish dictionary on my shelves, all of a sudden I found a patch «Tutor 2016». It was a pleasant surprise as I’ve almost forgotten about its existence. It evoked warm memories of my tutoring experience at the beginning of the second year of my study in Turku.
In my previous post I mentioned the Double degree programme which you can apply for at the faculty of Education. It’s really an interesting option and I think I can clarify some things about it. That’s why I decided to answer three most popular questions regarding it.
To my mind, Christmas and New Year is a time of small miracles, when people smile just because they feel magic in the air. Everything seems brighter and people are full of excitement waiting for the upcoming changes. During Christmas and New Year I enjoy wrapping myself in a blanket, drinking a delicious cup of hot chocolate and reflecting on the year which is coming to its logical conclusion.
To finish the Master's program, basically it will take you almost two academic years, with two terms per each. One term, lasting for almost 3 months and including exam weeks, is divided into two periods. I have just finished the first term, which is from September to December. With the normal workload of a normal guy with normal health status, you can freely select 5 to 7 courses per term, counting for approximately 30 credits, to finish the whole program within 02 years. However, it is interesting that you have the right to complete within up to four years.
Two years ago I listened to my friend’s stories about Finland, Turku and her experience as a student of a foreign university. That fascinating life seemed unbelievable and really far from what I used to have. Another world, rules, traditions, and culture. But every great adventure starts with the first step, doesn’t it? I would say that my journey began when my friend told me about the University of Turku and I caught myself thinking «wow, that should be awesome». Now, two years later, let me be your friend who will introduce you to the Finnish charming lifestyle.