The last few days have been very hectic on me. I have signed up to attend some Industrial Design undergraduate classes and they drain my energy because everyday I am on the bike at past 7 in the morning, paddling my sleep away! This past week I did not attend all week; I had a compulsory international students orientation at the University of Eastern Finland. The orientation ran for 3 days, September 1-3, and was all day and very long! It was just exhausting to my mind to sit there and listen all day, but the information was good though.
On the 2nd day of orientation I sneaked out to go and have a meeting with my supervisor, Prof Mikko Korpela, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made! Lemme explain why; for the last few months I have been sore because I deleted my thesis chapter 2 (Literature review) progress by mistake. Now this chapter takes a lot of thought and time to put together and any small progress on it is much appreciated. I was crushed and couldn't do it again regardless of what my internal supervisor Boniface said, he ended up telling me to go ahead with other chapters and pause chapter 2. During my meeting with Mikko he mentioned that I have sent him a compilation of my thesis months back and it has THAT chapter 2 progress in it! :D Need I say more?!
On Thursday 2nd September, the international office organized a club function for all international students at club Onella. I went there solo, reasons cannot be stated here, and at first I was kinda looking all lost standing in a long queue. Then I saw some of the ladies from the orientation also looking lost and soon we were a small bunch of us. We were worried that we might not get into the club but that turned out alright and it was fun inside. The most surprising element of that night was that I was my tutor (every international student arriving in Finland is assigned a Finnish tutor till they can get about on their own) jumping up and down and getting wild! Ville is VERY quite when not drunk!! jeez! Well, pictures say a thousand words;
Needless to say, the following day most of the students were half asleep during the last leg of orientation! Some even openly slept, it was tough. For some of us the unfortunate; I had a lecture at Savonia Design Academy after lunch so no rest for the wicked. Made it though, Kratos always raises up to the challenge.
As time goes on, I begin to put my 1st impressions of the Finns and notice that they are actually nice people to be around.Yes, 90% of the whole population are introverts and kinda secretive but the thread that runs thru all of them is that they are very warm towards you once yo establish that connection. A stranger can look at you and turn away, but once you approach them they warm up and are very helpful. The main sad barrier here is still language, but they make up for it with their humility . Don't get me wrong; a lot of Finns can speak English but the majority of them feel inadequate with the language so they rather keep quite and avoid conversation. I like Finnish people, they are very humble regardless of all the stereotypes draped around their shoulders. The most interesting attribute about all of them is that they are aware that they can be weird, thats a quality that most of our nations can use- being true to ourselves.
Anyway, enough said. Lemme get back to starting chapter 2. 7 weeks to go and I have to finish this sucker! God Bless