I keep wondering about whether I should say hello in the beginning or not, humm… Feel like a weak attempt to catch attention of anyone walking by, I mean anyone 😛 But not saying hello is impolite, and England is the land of politeness, so I guess I should follow the tradition, hah.
Let’s pass the not-making-much-sense opening.
It must have been 6 months since my last whiny lines were written, I feel like ages! I’m really sorry (mostly to my teachers who are responsible for keeping track of my existence throughout this period)! Now that I finished off my Dissertation, I finally find sometime to let myself flee a little bit. So I decided to write these bits, to perhaps tell you about how my last 6 months have been, and how England in my eyes has changed overtime.
ahem, this is never a fun part, so let’s me get over it first. In case you are planning to go to England for an exchange and wonder how long your stay should last, I am begging you to consider really careful about your motivation and your actual goal. If you want to taste the sweetness & craziness of the legendary Erasmus Exchange which have been told like a million times by the previous students, then go for a 3 to 6 months period. 6 months are enough for the fun, and never ever go beyond that point. From that point forward I doubt if you can escape have mental breakdown due to stress and anxiety. Which literally describes a large part of my study year here. I mean even if you’re really eager to learn and so committed in enhancing your knowledge, you still have to prepare yourself, mentally, really carefully. Before coming to BU, I never thought that there would be the day where I spend 10-12 hours of my day sitting in the library, the rest 12 hours is either in front of the computer or on bed. Sound exciting?
But hard work always pays off, that I can promise you. Now that I look back at my current work and compare it with the one made 1 year ago, I feel both surprise and proud that I was able to get to this day. Not giving up is a success to me, so to say 😀 It also gives me a weird confidence that from this day onward, I can do anything, as long as I’m determine and keep on trying.
School of Tourism of Bournemouth University is one of the best in the UK in term of hospitality and tourism education, you get so many chances and support from the school to experience and develop your competences in a very competitive and updated environment. So if you’re that ambitious one, then I will wholeheartedly recommend this school for you. (2nd year only, never ever ever ever ever try the 4th year program, it’s just way way too much for anyone. 2nd year on the other hand is awesome! ).
JAMK is still great in my opinion, the studying approach of JAMK is in a rather commercial and operational level, while the one in BU is much more about academic and R&D direction. So instead of trying to say which one is better, I would say each one has its strength, and really happy that I have had the chance to try out both!
The ‘Tourist’ side
Well I must say England is old and charming. I haven’t seen much of her tho, only a bit of Birmingham, Swanage and tiny bit of London. I am aiming to go to 2,3 cities more after I finish the last exam in May. So far, from what I heard from others, Oxford, Cambridge, London and Edinburgh are few of the ‘must see places’. Hope I will have enough time to really ‘see’ her in the beginning of summer :D!
The weather these days are lovely! With sun shining, wind blowing and flower blooming everywhere! Few months ago it was bloody depressing… I was silly to believe that if I went a tiny bit further to the south, my life in winter would be better. No it ain’t, so save yourself the winter – expectation thingy and stop complaining about winter in Finland! I miss Finnish winter and my dear Finnish friends and the weekend drunk talk in o’malley’s bar incredibly much! ‘Ripuli’ is my most fav word of all time 😀 :D, and that’s exactly how my Finn buddies taught me to speak the letter “R” in Finnish 😀 I swear I can speak it out loud with no same, no same at all.
Down there are some pictures I took during my Swanage visit. It was a really lovely small tourist town, small but memorable 🙂 never kid with this beauty!
And cheer for now! I will come back ‘soon’, probably with my last entry for this blog 😀