myexchangeinrussia

Studying in St.Petersburg University Of Economics for one semester.

Monthly Archives: October 2016

Half of the autumn semester already done

Wazup! 

Today I saw the first snow in St.Pete, it melted right away and then later turned to rain, but anyways, winter is right behind the corner, can’t wait. I have heard that it is not so beautiful here in winter due to big traffic, but we ll see! 🙂

Hmm, today I would like to tell you what courses I finally took. Actually I sent the learning agreement a bit late, but the most important thing is that I have attended to the courses. Well, my final decisions about the courses:

  • Int. Marketing

  • Int. Business and Marketing

  • Development of Marketing and Services (already done)

  • Competitive Strategies in Russia

  • Russia and The World: Foreign Policy

  • Stock Market Learning (btw, very interesting!)

  • Russian Language

  • Financial Institutions and Markets

  • Financial Management and Enterprise Business Process

  • Labor Law Regulations: Int. Standards and Russian Labor Law

Altogether 30 ETC. I am really interested in marketing, so that is why I took so many marketing courses. I could have never imagined that I would say so, but stock market is also very very interesting and there are many things that are important to know. The whole course is actually about investing and investing strategies.

Well, what about the extension?! 

Guess what…. I will stay here for the autumn semester also. I wrote to the JAMK’s (my university in Finland) coordinator and they said that I can stay as a freemover, the difference between an exchange student and a freemover is that the exchange student doesn’t have to pay a tuition fee, but the freemover does. I think it is important to learn business English and that’s why I decided to stay despite the tuition fee. I was also wondering if I ll get the grant money, but luckily yes! The deadline for applying for the money is 15th of November.

Now we r going to have a meeting with the group of International Business and Marketing, we have to think how we will present organic clothes.

 

Enjoy your Sunday! Tomorrow it’s Monday, again… 🙂 

Throwback to that perfect day with these two amazing sweethearts, so much fun and happiness in one picture.

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What about the dorm. life

Good Daay!

As I promised in the last post, I would like to tell you how is it really to live in dormitory. I will not generalize, but as an example I will take my dormitory called 8-ya Lestnisa. In the beginning of studies I was a little bit shocked, because I did not expect that kind of surroundings.
Moving in was a little bit complicated, because I got a room on the 4-th floor and there was no elevator, so I had to get all my luggage up the stairs. Ok, one challenge completed. I under packed all my stuff and tried to make my room cozy and actually I managed it very well!
Kitchen, you might be surprised, because you are used to modern electric cooker, but there was a gas cooker. To be honest, I did not know how to use it safely. We had a gas cooker when I lived in the countryside, but I never had to use it. In the beginning it was hard because you did not know how much of gas you have to put out to make it work (and yes of course I was afraid if it burns my hand during kindling it). After a while I learned it. Second challenge completed.

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The shower and toilet. We do not have our own toilets or showers, they are split like 4 toilet cabins for 26 people (1 floor) and 2 showers aswell. As you might have heard, but here is sometimes problems with hot water. For example in the morning I was in the shower and the hot water came like 20sek + 20sek cold and so on. All that is due to other students that had also been showering at the same time as I was. The hot water was just split up to all the floors. Sometimes if you re lucky and go when no-one is showering, you will get the whole hot water only for you.

Luxury, don’t you think so? 🙂 

Washing machine. It has its own life actually, if it doesn’t feel desire to wash – It will not do it. No-one actually knows how to use it but it is all about the lucky, again. 🙂

Well my room…. It is beautiful

….but the heaters started to work like in the 2-nd of October, and before it I heated my room by an electrical heater that I asked from the cleaning lady. Now it is very good.

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Another dorm. –  7-ya lestnisa. There all the students have own toilet per room and shower also. They have only one common place- kitchen. I have been there many times, and I think it is boring to live there, because you do not meet other people the way we do. We have a common ”living room”, where many students can watch a TV or playing for example cards.

Our ”team spirit” is something unexplainable amazing!

We meet everyday and have fun, we don’t feel lonely or bored ever. I do not say that students from another dorm. do feel so, but at least there is a huge difference. Their dormitory is ok, honestly, like a hotel, you know they have an elevator and the kitchen is more modern that ours.

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Everyone who comes to our dorm. says that it is so cool to live here, always funny. Btw, we have cameras and the administration sees all that we r doing but we do not have cameras in the kitchen (if compared to 7th dorm.) and the control in here is not that big,

I am so happy to live here! 

So life is about the decisions and I have chosen this kind of living and do not regret nothing. All these kitchen and shower problems are worth it. 

Next time I will tell you what courses I eventually took, what I put in my learning agreement, and what about the extension! 

Have as nice weekend as we have! 😉 

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About thoughts

Sometimes, it takes

being away from

someone for a while

to realize how much you

really need them in your life.

Before going abroad I’ve never been thinking that it could be hard to stay away from your family, your friends and other dear people. The only thoughts that were in my head were:

“How will I manage studies in English?”

“Will I like my room?” and “What am I supposed to do If I do not like…?”

“Will I come along with my dorm.mates?”

All these questions have been in my head for a long time, but never actually thought that how can I survive without my friends and relatives. I am talking with my mom on Whatsapp about 2-3 times a week. In the beginning of the exchange our calls took like 10-15 minutes. Now they can take from half an hour to one hour. I have to admit that I miss my family and friends.

I love living here in Saint-Pete and I have gotten many new friendships. I like my dorm.mates, they r very kind and they have an amazing sense of humor. But you know, home is always home. I do not mean now the apartment where I live with Suvi (friend from childhood). I am talking about the atmosphere and surroundings I have grown in. When I am in Jyväskylä I can visit them whenever I feel so, but from here it is not that easy.

Studying abroad, in different country, where you are really alone, on your own, has an interesting result and effect-

Growing as a human

It teaches you how to manage all your problems by yourself and you know that all is in your hands and you make the changes if you feel so. Yes, of course you can always ask your mom, but it is easier to solve yourself instead of making many calls to your parents.

There have also been situations when you need a hug or support but you cannot get it. Being away teaches how to survive from these situations because in future your parents might not be just behind the corner and your adversities can be bigger. So it is an important skill to learn- being able to deal with your adversities and to be independent when needed.

I wanted to write that all out and I think that many that have been (or are still) studying abroad or just away from family, can find some familiar thoughts. 🙂 

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Next time I will write about the good things of the dormitory life and about the shortages that there might be.

Have a nice weekend! 😉

What a horrible hospital

Wazzuup!

These three days have been not so good. Kate have had a serious temperature for 3 days (39,3 degree). We tried to low the temperature, but then after the affect of a medicine it got up again and we decided to call the emergency and they found out that she has serious angina and she was taken to Botkyn’s hospital

(a pic below)

http://photo.gradpetra.net/views/50713.html
Today I bought her oranges and juice and went to the hospital to visit her. I was so shocked when I saw the circumstances all the patients were living in.. We came inside of the hospital and it was just like from the horror story, I am not kiddin.. It was crazy, an old building and then we got upstairs, it took a while that we got there. Finally I met my darling Kate and found out that she slept last night, quess where???  in the corridor.. I was like

HOW??

And yes, she really slept there. There is a picture when I arrived there and we were just chilling on that cozy bed, or what do you think?

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After googling I found out that in that hospital has been filmed the film “Silent Hill” Ok to be honest, you can not really rely on that information, but I believe it could be true. If interested, you can see here more pictures http://cybergo-ru.livejournal.com/72016.html

… All these writings on the walls, toilets, everything was so crazy I though that that kind of circumstances you can see only in FILMS, but no.. Well, the personal is OK, but…

..I was just a bit shocked..

..Then I looked at the bed she were sleeping on, it was really like from horror story, okay there was a mattress on but anyway, not comfortable at all..

Then actually I saw Kate and she showed us her final room. I looked the room for a while and then I do not actually know what happened but I started feeling not so well, I have just maybe watched way too much horror movies when I was a kid.

Later I arrived to the dormitory and started to get ready for tommorow’s presentation about….

…..Warren Buffett’s investing strategy 😉 

 

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Want to study here for one semester more

Good Evening, 

Today it has been raining and windy all day. It is crazy how much the wind blows, you can leave from home with nice hair and when you have arrived till the university you might look like домовенок Кузя… (pic below) 

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To be honest, now I would like to continue my studies here (as I mentioned earlier). I sent a message for my int. coordinator, but she said that she does not take care anymore about outgoing students and recommended to contact the main office. Then I sent an e-mail there and now I am just waiting for the answer. I also checked out the application for extending studies, but there was a suggestion to contact my Int.coordinator first. So….waiting for the reply 🙂