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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

Jämsä Round Two!

Hello friends! Today was an adventure, and actually comes in two parts! First, MOOSE MANOR (!!!) and second, meeting a local who has spent time at my home university. Part One When I first arrived in Finland, there was only a couple things I wanted to do. One of them was to visit this really … Continue reading Jämsä Round Two!

#SDG4 – Global Education

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals. Have you heard about them? Until this month, I thought I never had. It turns out that John and Hank Green (my favorite author and his brother) had made youtube videos about them back when the Millennium Development Goals reached their 2015 benchmark. The videos are right after this sentence! Millennium … Continue reading #SDG4 – Global Education

Midpoint Reflection – Some Lists

WHOLEY PICKLE STICKS I HAVE BEEN IN FINLAND OFFICIALLY HALF THE AMOUNT OF TIME I WILL BE IN FINLAND! (Actually, that's not true, I still have three days until then, but I'm writing about it now because I am impatient.) There are a few things to mark this momentous occasion: On this day in history, … Continue reading Midpoint Reflection – Some Lists

Weekend Adventuring

Finally made it out of Jyväskylä! I love, love, love my little city in keski-suomi (Central Finland) but after spending a month in the same place, it was time to do a little exploring. So I went on a trip with a couple girl friends to Lahti for a Finnish Folk Metal concert. While we were … Continue reading Weekend Adventuring

America through their eyes

I've had a very American couple days. Last night, I spent the evening with the other American exchange students (there's six of us) playing games and eating popcorn. Tonight, I went with some lovelies to the Classic American Diner which was just as overwhelming and wonderful as it sounds, ha! Evening activities here tend to focus … Continue reading America through their eyes

PSA: American Education Doesn’t Suck

Background: When I started this whole business about moving to Finland for a semester, it was about figuring out what Finns are up to that makes their schools so darn successful. Why does a system full of free time and decidedly lacking in rigor (by means of exams anyways) work so well? Well, obviously, I … Continue reading PSA: American Education Doesn’t Suck