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

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

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

Head Cannons

So, in the last few days, I've been made shockingly aware of a few things that can only be understood by not being at home. First, I want to give a shoutout to my bike. I payed €60 for a probably slightly too small bicycle the first week I got here, and yesterday I realized … Continue reading Head Cannons

Feels like Home

This week is only half over and it has been so darn amazing. I'm finally getting into the flow of my classes, I've discovered some beautiful hidden spaces on campus - as well as found my bearings and oriented myself as to where all the buildings are in relationship to the others, and I've spent … Continue reading Feels like Home

Humans.

I am going to bed tonight and I'm so mind blown by what the world I live in. Like this is me right now: Let me tell you a story. In fifth grade, I made friends with this super weird guy who for some reason, decided to talk to the lonely girl on the playground. … Continue reading Humans.

Surviving a Finnish Week

Well, here I am! I have made it to week two in Finland! It's been such an adventure and all I've done is orientation stuff. I do have one class tomorrow and two on Thursday, but that's the thing, we haven't even started classes yet and I already feel at home! I knew coming here … Continue reading Surviving a Finnish Week

Onnellinen

I think tonight, I will finally sleep like I belong here. Today is my second full day in the city and I am beginning to walk with confidence. To be comfortable in a place where the words don't make sense. To find people I can connect with. To understand that American coffee is for suckers. … Continue reading Onnellinen