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In the middle of forest-where

“Hello, my name is Daniela, I come from Slovakia and I study forestry at the UEF in Joensuu… “

After this kind of introduction, I usually get several reactions or questions like… “Aaaa Slovakia! Game of Thrones was made there?” or “Forestry? What you study in forestry? Trees?”, but also “So how is it to study forestry there? Is it better?”, especially from forestry students from different countries.

The first answer is always “you probably mean Slovenia, not Slovakia, but I am also not sure if GoT was made over there – so you probably mean Croatia.” And here the movie geography ends.

Forestry is a very wide science including for example genetics of plants (and trees), soil hydrology, ecology, forest silviculture and management, mechanization and techniques used in forest management, economics and even policy and information systems. Forestry therefore offers a variety of focuses for everyone who is interested in forests in their own way either practice or science oriented.

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My first day (night) in Finland

Even though this happened around five years ago, those memories are still fresh on my mind like they just happened yesterday. This is just one story of one girl making the biggest step outside her comfort zone in her life. Just a simple trip… simple day and night… for someone. Not for me – the girl living this story.

What does not kill you makes you stronger

I remember the moment I started to think about going to study abroad. I realized that there is an opportunity to study in a foreign country even without having savings for education or wealthy parents. It seemed that my teenage dream to visit Finland was reachable. Somehow. Even though I had a bad level of English and a difficult situation at home. But it was. I guess I needed the point to burn out in order to make radical decision, say to myself “well you are gonna do it now or never… with or without your approach to English” and take a chance.

Who would guess this would change my life entirely.

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Public Health and Nursing Science: Perfect Combination

The global shortage of nursing has opened my eyes to understand the mechanisms behind it. Born from a developing country, I have seen a strong indication of inequality and inequity in the society. I have always been passionate in the clinical nursing field and the nursing science behind the rationale of each nursing intervention. As an immigrant, I find it fascinating to discuss the world of nursing politics in the European sector. I was very inquisitive on how would I combine to develop my knowledge about World Health Organisation and Nursing Science simultaneously until later I discovered Master’s Degree in Public Health major in Health Promotion in Nursing Science at the University of Eastern Finland.

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How to survive with the Finnish Culture as a Foreigner?

Kiosk, sauna, Angry Birds, Nokia. This country is well known for these innovations that changed the global society of creativity and technology. It is also known as the Land of Thousand Lakes and Forests. And oh don’t forget the endearing and contagious laugh of the world’s most popular person during Christmas Season, Santa Claus. Welcome to Finland!

Like most migrants, there are always challenges facing upfront when you move to another country. From the tropical Land of the Pearl Orient to the Land of Midnight Summer, the move was ambiguous. Floro Cubelo gives you a gist of the Finnish culture.

Five years ago, I changed my perspective on migration. Most Filipinos move to English speaking countries as the latter language is considered as the second official language in the country, so it never is a problem to move overseas. Like any other foreigners living in the country, there are peaks of excitement and intermittent loss of desire to achieve one’s goals. But how did I survive for a half-decade living in the country with a contrast of culture? These recommendations might help you integrate with the Finnish culture.

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Hyvää Pääsiäistä! – Happy Easter!

Finland is a country that owns and maintains many traditions. Many of these traditions have been inherited, mixed, and adapted over time. The Easter tradition has a mixture of pagan and Christian customs, as well as a reference to the Spring time. It is common in this period that children dress up as witches, paint their faces and go for the houses of the neighbourhood, together with their magic wands, made of willow branches decorated with feathers, ribbons and flowers.

This powerful artefact can bring to your home a blessing that is said by them, but to be blessed there is a price to pay, sweet and easy price to negotiate. When they arrive in each house, the little witches push away the evil spirits reciting the enchantment “Virvon, varvon, tuoreeks terveeks, tulevaks vuodeks; vitsa sulle, palkka mulle!” (Translating: I have a magic branch for a new and healthy year, a branch for you and a candy for me!).

The lucky and now blessed inhabitant receives the magic wand that will now be his/her amulet that will bring luck and protect him, in exchange offers chocolates, candy and sweets to the benefactors. (Do not worry if you are visited by these lovely creatures and you are not prepared with sweets, you can pay in cash, sometimes the traditions also accept the modernity in case of need). This tradition was inherited from the ancient peoples, who used to bless cattle, plantations, and people in the early spring, and the healers received some reward.

Another old habit that still happens is the planting of grass in early spring, today children plant grass seeds in pots and observe their growth, symbolizing the renewal, when the grass is grown and green, is decorated with small chicks called “rairuoho”, which are used to decorate the table.

The houses are also usually adorned with garlands, flowers and symbols of fertility (pre-Christian), like rabbit and eggs. Among the religious celebrations is usual rituals and celebrations throughout the holy week, on Holy Thursday they have the “kiirastorstai” which is the celebration of the Lord’s Last Supper. Stages of the passion of Christ are also popular, in Helsinki happens procession of the Passion of the Way of the Cross. In some places, bonfires are lit on the Sabbath of hallelujah to ward off the evil spirits and ensure a quiet and happy Easter Sunday.

Easter brings the family together in the Sunday lunch time, usually the main course is lamb shank, and for dessert they have “pasha” which is a type of creamy pudding made from curds, eggs, butter, sour cream and candied fruit (sometimes decorated with religious themes) and “mämmi”, a soft brown-looking pudding of malt and rye flour that is eaten with milk. They say “mämmi” is a recipe for the 16th century, originally it was eaten during Lent. Its laxative properties were associated with purification. As the dish can be kept for several days, it was also a convenient food for the Holy Friday, while cooking was against religious customs.


Mämmi (Mämmi picture: http://www.wikiwand.com/en/M%C3%A4mmi )

Finally, the 4-day holiday is perfect for the transition from the cold and difficult period of the harsh winter to a mild and flowering spring period, celebrated with visits to family and outdoors tours, to welcome the new season that can change not only the landscapes but the state of mind of those who live here.

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It is more than just a degree

How exciting is it to finally receive that one email you have been longing for, with several attachments and one of them happens to be a letter attachment labeled as the “letter of acceptance” stating,” We have the pleasure to inform you that you have been accepted to the university of eastern Finland.”? After receiving this email, I clearly recall, asking myself how it would be like. I even had fictions of my imagination on how I was checking in at the airport, -this could me my second experience flying-, in the university corridors, in class and how I would have my first snow experience. I have to say; this email blew my mind. As Finland holds a very strong reputation internationally for the quality of its education overall, I surely did not want to miss my chances of being part of it-I mean who does not want to part of one the best education systems in the world?

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Leisure time and events in Joensuu

The city is one of the headquarters of the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia province, and has approximately 75.000 inhabitants. The city receives annually thousands of foreigners, attracted for the country reputation in education, they come in search of undergraduate, masters and PhD programs. It also receives numerous foreign students from high school, as well as trainees and professionals in various areas.

This fact diversifies the population and brings with this diversity the need and organization of the most different attractions and events. The city itself is already a call to leisure, it has stunning landscapes that are an invitation to enjoy them. I will mention some of the places that I like the most in the city.

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The most alluring natural phenomena on a winter night

Aurora Borealis is an incredible light show that can be seen in the northern and southern hemisphere. Seeing the Northern Lights were something I had always wanted to tick off my bucket list. It was something that I had only seen and heard off from some friends who had visited Norway and it was always a dream of mine to see them in person.

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UEF Library – a great influence on the learning journey

For any eager student who is interested in reading up-to-date articles, getting knowledge from its direct sources, or just learning and getting lost between the books; the University Library is the place! That’s common and needless to say how much time students spend in the libraries, and how it influences their learning journey.

My name is Sara Alimam, and I would like to share with you some features of University of Eastern Finland (UEF) Library, that makes it one of the best references of learning for any potential keen scholar.

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Trying out winter sports for free in Joensuu

Hi everyone! It’s me again, Phat Do from Vietnam, second year in the Master’s programme in Linguistic Sciences at the UEF, Joensuu campus. Since winter seems to be getting over its peak time of darkness and coldness, I am writing this blog to recommend and instruct everyone to try out the two popular winter sports – skiing and ice-skating – here in Joensuu and, especially, without any costs. Coming from an Asian tropical country myself, I had never tried any of these winter sports before my arrival in Finland and I think it would be the same for many of the international students here. As such, I hope this little blogpost can encourage anyone in doubt to give them a try and possibly fall in love with them (I know I have with skiing, going to try out ice-skating later this week).

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