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Pitkästä aikaa

14 Mar

I am the world’s biggest procrastinator when it comes to going to bed. I looked through old pictures from Independence earlier today and started missing everybody and somehow I ended up opening OpenOffice and started writing and here I am. I’m also the worst blogger – last time I wrote here was over a year ago…

So since I last wrote here my life has changed a lot. I graduated from high school and got into Finland’s most well-known business school, Aalto University School of Business. The main campus is in Helsinki but I’m studying in Mikkeli which is like 2.5 hour drive from Helsinki. This is the international program that this school offers so I’m studying in English and we have only two ‘grades’ here. We can only do our Bachelor’s degree here and the third year students are doing their study abroad periods now; it’s mandatory in this program and I’m not complaining! Emma and I started both here last fall and we live together. Our apartment is super close to school which is great because I don’t have to wake up early yay! School has been a lot of work but I’ve made tons of new friends and most of the people studying here have been exchange students or lived abroad so the atmosphere is very international. Also, 1/4 of the students are from other countries and we have our own Vietnamese group (we have like 40 of them and I don’t know why they want to come to Finland). The down side of this school is the fact that we don’t have summer vacation which sucks but at the same time I’m quite excited about Mikkeli summer 🙂

But yeah anyway we have very good student body and a lot of parties and activities outside school. Last months have been crazy busy but I’ve enjoyed the ride and I’ve attended more theme parties than ever in my life. I’m the vice president of our school’s sports club and class president (I honestly don’t know how I ended up in this position). It’s mostly good except our dean started this new thing called Student Quality Committee and I have to be part of it which means that I have to sit with the staff and the other class president once every three weeks and discuss about the student well-being. It’s ok but I would rather do something else.

Nothing special is going on at the moment, except my International Communication professor makes us write stupid essays every day and talks about Japanese art and it has nothing to do with anything. Two weeks and SPRING BREAK!

– Saara

P.s. Pitkästä aikaa = long time no see (I guess that’s the best translation for it but I’m not really good at translating anything so..)

P.p.s Last night when I was walking home around 10pm it was -4F and it’s MARCH!


18 Jan
I told Morgan I would do this like four months ago but I just have been lazy. Better later than never so here we go!
I have seven days of high school left plus test week and I don’t count that as real school so seven days! I couldn’t be happier of getting out of there.  My senior year in Finnish high school hasn’t been the best year of my life. I mean it has been ok but pretty much all of my friends graduated last spring so they are not there sharing the experience. I have made some new friends and they are all awesome but it’s just not the same because we have known each other for a couple of months and I feel like “I don’t need new friends” from high school because I hang out with my old friends outside the school and we are not going to see each other after high school.  Maybe I’m wrong.
I will graduate June 2nd so now you are probably thinking why we have this super long break. Finnish school system is little bit different than yours. We have these big tests that everyone has to pass if they want to graduate. They are kind of your finals but a lot bigger deal. The tests are in March and this time period between the end of school and the tests is called study break and it’s just for studying. We have to choose at least 4 subjects (I chose five: Finnish, English, history, math and Swedish) and I have to take the tests over these subjects. I had my history test last fall and I studied for three months for that. So that means it’s going to be busy two months. You probably know that Finnish college is free but you have to get in so after finals I have to start to study for the other test..
We got snow like a week ago. We had it in the beginning of December but it melted away.  It’s so pretty here, our back yard looks like winter wonderland! We should be getting more snow tomorrow but unfortunately we don’t have snow days so I have to go to school tomorrow… We are maybe going to get some sushi for lunch tomorrow so that’s exciting (I know I know we have free school lunch but sometimes you  have to get something nice for yourself).  Just one more week to go!
I miss all of you!
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