It is time to announce that I passed all the courses of spring semester, with pretty good grades. Here i will describe the courses I took briefly and value them for my studies.
My second module of Spanish language in México. Last semester I started with basic Spanish, and for the second semester it was obvious to continue to improve my Spanish skills with intermediate Spanish – course. During the course my vocabulary increased, I learned two past tenses: preteriti and imperfect. These are the most used past tenses in Spanish, and by adopting them properly, one can speak pretty well about things that happened and are still going on. Other topics in grammar were reflexive pronounses and the topics already learned during the basic spanish. I can say this module, with my other classes in Spanish, really helped me to improve my spoken and written Spanish.
Vida y cultura de México:
Life and culture of México was, unlike the name tells, not only about the Méxican culture and way of living in México but also about the cultures of the participants of the module, which were from all over the world. The spoken language on the module was mostly spanish, though some of the people with weaker spanish skills made their presentations in English. During the semester, everyone had to make around three different presentations. One about their own culture and country (including typical gastronomy) one about some other typical cultural things in an international group and one presentation about some really Méxican thing. The presentation I made of my country, revealed a lot of things about Finland the participants did not know. This course was really useful in the way for getting know other cultures, and mine also. Also it greatly improved my spanish because it was the main language spoken at the lessons during all the semester.
Calidad, productividad y competitividad:
Quality, productivity and competitivity was a module about supply chain management, statistics analysing and tools to boost productivity in an enterprise. Our professor was a real professional, and this course gave me a lot for my career. Our main tool during the course was Microsoft Excel, a program most useful for a future engineer. Besides learning new ways to use it, I also learned a lot of professional vocabulary in Spanish and English. The language during the course was Spanish, which was a challenge for me, but i coped and passed the course. This course involved a lot of projects and homeworks, so it wasnt only something to fill the schedule.
International logistics was honestly was the best choice I made during all my two semesters in the University of Monterrey. Besides learning huge amount of my career related vocabulary in Spanish and English, I also adopted great amount of logistics knowledge. Like on CPC course, also here I was the only exchange student. The course was taught mostly on Spanish, but because logistics vocabulary and terms are mostly spoken about in English, english also played a big part during the module. We had one big final project about global supply chain management, which we completed with very good grade, and large weekly homeworks, tests every week and partial exams. This module was also hard work in the all means of learning. We discussed about logistics in México, and I got a nice view for how it works there also. Also I made an almost one hour presentation about specialties and challenges of industry and logistics in Finland, so I received and gave information during the module.
Redaccíon professional del Inglés:
The name describes this module pretty well: Professional writing in English. This module was operated as an online-course and all students had to write individual and group efforts. The efforts consisted of writing most used documents in working life like memos, emails, resumes, reclamations etch. Because of logistics careers mostly being more or less international, requiring fluent english writing skills, I can say that this module gave me good base for coping also with my second language in working life.
This was it! In total I managed to obtain 54 ECTS credits during my exchange, passing all except one module. For most of them, I got good grades (The grading system in UDEM was 70-100, with less than 70 being a fail). Studying in Universidad de Monterrey was rewarding, as the professors were experienced and passionate about their career. Studying was sometimes stressful and hard work, as in Mexican universities the amount of projects, exams and homeworks is totally from a different world than the way we do in Finland. Also, the policy with absences was more or less a challenge, as more than four absences at one module during the semester drops you out of the class.
What were the benefits of the two exchange semester for my career?
Well, Ive already described most of them, but a brief summary wont hurt:
- I learned a new language, which I can use well enough to understand topics of my career, to conversate with people about various topics in a diverse way and to survive in everyday life more than well!
- I learned to understand a totally different culture than mine, how the people differ of us and how they think overall. Also I learned about other cultures all around the world.
- I made professional growth towards being an international logistics professional by adopting topics in two foreign languages. Also I learned how the way to cope in logistics and supply chain management differs in the Americas, which are the challenges there and how the legislation differs.
- My written and spoken english improved a LOT! I’ve always been pretty good with the english language, but speaking almost one year mostly in English really made a difference.
- I learned about my own country and culture and how the people of other cultures think about the culture and country of my origin.
- I met future and nowadays professionals from all over the world and networked !