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

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!

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

One Month in Jyväskylä!

Wow!!! Today marks a month since I set out on this journey. It's crazy to think that a month ago at this time I was sitting in an airport in Chicago just waiting for time to pass. Actually, that's not true. Time zones ignored, I had only just woken up to load up the truck … Continue reading One Month in Jyväskylä!

Wrapped in my city

On this not quite month-aversary I found myself with a free Monday. No classes, only one article of homework left to read. And luckily enough, the sky was clear. The outsidey place was calling me when I woke up this morning. I've wasted too many days in the sun because I've been afraid of going … Continue reading Wrapped in my city

How long has it been?

I can't believe it's almost been a month. In fact, in just 8 days I will have survived my whole first month living in Jyväskylä. It's been amazing. And it's only going to get better, I can feel it. This last week has been such an adventure! Saturday, I went to Laajis Adventure Park, Sunday … Continue reading How long has it been?

To be a Finn for a Day

Tonight, I spent a few hours meeting a Finnish family and I am so thankful for the opportunity the school has provided for both of us. I am so excited to continue to get to know this family made up of young parents with three daughters. We share so many interests and it seems that … Continue reading To be a Finn for a Day