Turkey Day, A World Lost in Time, and Singing Too Loud

I've spent the last week and a day having quite the adventure! Now I'm finally sitting still, waiting for my water to boil so I can drink some tea, and reflecting on just how amazing it's been. It's really hard to believe I only have a week and a half left in Jyväskylä and a … Continue reading Turkey Day, A World Lost in Time, and Singing Too Loud

Living Local

The last couple days have been very Finnish. I know that might seem like a bit of a "duh...?" type statement, but here's the thing. As I've written about in the past, studying abroad has been about learning about and meeting people from all over the world. So the fact that I've done so many … Continue reading Living Local

Emotional Roller Coaster

They say there is a psychological process to the experience of studying abroad. It looks like this: Being me, I hoped to surpass most of these and just stick in the honeymoon/adjustment phases. But alas... Kalliope is human so that didn't happen. The thing is, this graph doesn't show it exactly as it is - … Continue reading Emotional Roller Coaster

Finnish Education: an Insider Perspective

This week, I am spending my mornings following around a Finnish sixth grade class to see what school looks like from a student's perspective. I've made a few super interesting observations in that time. Class "buddies". At the end of the day today, a third grade class came to play a programming board game with … Continue reading Finnish Education: an Insider Perspective