Becoming a Mömmö requires moving to Jyväskylä (the city of grains), Finland, as MMM is a unique program. For some it might feel like an unbearable obstacle, as especially people living in the capital city area usually think that there is no life outside the Ring road III. I guess I have the right to say that, because I’ve been one of them. For almost all of my life I’ve been certain that I’d never move away from Helsinki (at least anywhere more north), but when it turned out that to be able to study Music and Media Management I would have to move to the Central Finland, there was really no choice. I also started thinking that it could be healthy to see something else for a change, and in the end, it’s only for a few years.
Jyväskylä is a great city to study in! Everything is near, but it’s still big enough not to cause anxiety for people who are used to a bigger territory. The lakes and nature are beautiful, and the city was actually built around the water system. JAMK University of Applied Sciences has three campuses in the city centre of Jyväskylä and one in Saarijärvi (65km north from Jyväskylä), where the agrologist students study. Jyväskylä has also its own university, so the city is filled with vibrant student life. There are a lot of cultural events, sporting possibilities and nightlife, so it’s for certain that you won’t get bored.
Also JAMK offers a bunch of things to do. You can become an international tutor, who helps the exchange students to settle in Jyväskylä and get them started with their studies. Another choice is to apply for degree tutoring, which means that you’ll tutor the new Mömmös. I’ve been both, and I can tell it’s a lot of fun, let alone you get credits for it! Check out what additional possibilities our student union JAMKO has.
If you’re interested in organizational activities, you take part in Sauma Ry. Sauma is the study field association for MMM, media design and fashion & clothing students, and its purpose is not only to organize cool events such as an annual cruise and a spring excursion, but also to make sure that the students get quality education and that their rights are not violated. Last year I was the publicist for Sauma, and now I’m a deputy member in the board. Again: beneficial and educational future-wise, but also having a superb time with awesome people. It also looks good in your CV, by the way ;).
I can say that I have enjoyed my time in Jyväskylä, JAMK and Mömmö family. It feels sad that this is my last spring here, but I’m trying not to think about it. I’ve made great friends who I hopefully get to work with in the future. Being a Mömmö is a privilege, I could say. It’s studying a interesting and developing industry, growing into expertise and actually loving it, meeting wonderful people and having a time of your life.
Wow, I think I got sidetracked as it’s not my last post (and the paragraph above sounds like it). However, let’s see what I come up with tomorrow!