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Living your life ………………. or what to do?????? Part2

Ok let´s continue with things you can do. As I promised I will concentrate on things the JAMK is organising and where you can meet all your friends.

In the beginning of the semester JAMK O and ESN  are organizing a welcome party as a kick off to start into the new semester. Here you are invited into bar Bra to have fun and enjoy your time. Usually two weeks later there is an overall party where you can wear your new bought overall or show how many parties you already participated. For every organized party you get patches for your overall to show that you are an active student and enjoy your live.

JAMKO is organzing events in the university. As you may know JAMK owns a cafeteria where you can find everything, starting with coffee and cookies and ending with a pool table and TV set. Here JAMKO organizes movie nights where finnish movies are shown. Or when you like sitting aroung with your friends, talking and playing games then the JAMKO gaming nights are perfect for you.  Here you can bring games or use the given ones by JAMKO and play and get to know new people. I guess that this is something special and quite unique for JAMK and makes you feel really good and brings a bit home to Finland.  Invitations to this event you get by your tutor on facebook, with the newsletter send by JAMKO or by talking to your friends.

Another big thing JAMKO is organizing are the IC After Hours. It´s every month one special event where you can celebrate with a special topic and show your creativity with dressing up. There were topics such as Halloween, Black and White or Harry Potter. Starting in the restaurant Revolution you get burgers for 5 Euro and can show your costume. You participate in a Quiz and show your knowledge you have to the topic.  After sitting together you go to the club freetime and have a party. Here the winner of the Quiz is announced and prices are given away.

But JAMK and its organizations are not just organizing parties. They care about your journeys as well. They are organizing together with ESN trips to Russia and Lapland and other trips. You can have fun with the trip pirates of the baltic sea to go to Stockholm and see all your friends on a boat to Stockholm or have a great time in Lapland. These trips are announced on Facebook and give you advice where you can enroll for the trips. Remember you need a passport to go to Russia. When registering the number is asked. On these trips you have the opportunity to try things most never tried before.

Another important organized event is the wellbeing week. Here JAMK organizes a lot of activities which make you feel good. You can try new sports activities such as Aqua Zumba or participate in several floorball games to show what you can do and as a special highlight you can go to the theater and have a view behind the scenes. I was in the Shrek musical and it was unbelievable. And don´t be afraid of the language. The guided tour is in finnish but you can always find someone who translates and I thing the movie Shrek is so well known that you can get the idea of the musical ;-) I can highly recommend taking a chance like that and forget about language barriers. It is an amazing opportunity to see the cultural life of Finland and get to know new people.

According to culture JAMK really cares about its students. So there are organized trips to the Sauna experience where you can enjoy first the hot sauna and then swim in a lake – no matter if it is frozen or not. Afterwards you party and have fun with your friends. If you like chocolate more then you can go on an organized trip to Panda factory and buy chocolate in the factory store for a good price. And in winter there are organized trips to Laajavuori, the skiing resort of Jyväskylä.

If you like to know how finnish families live you should apply for the family friend programme and hope to get a finnish exchange family. You are free to do what ever you like with them and experience the real finnish live with Sauna, lakes and cookies. They care about you and set the meetings with you around your schedule so you can enjoy time with them.

Here you have so many organized opportunities so every one can find a fitting event no matter if you like to party or culture. You have a lot of things to do next to studying so enjoy and have fun with your life and remember ERASMUS is only once a lifetime.

Application period is almost over. Hurry up! :)

Hy Everyone,

 

Here I am once again. I hope I could bring some useful info today and it would help You!

First of all, the application period is over next week, so if You are planning to apply, (and why wouldn’t You??????) You’d better get your stuff together and start working on it. It is quite easy, You just have to follow all the instructions that are given. Visit www.admissions.fi page and start doing it. Fill in the form logically, attach the documents if there is any asked to be attached and your application is basically done. If You have any further questions just write an e-mail to the school and they will reply as soon as it is possible. Trust me they are helpful and willing to give You any kind of information You may need.

I have gone through some basic things last time I posted here, but I guess not all. (Btw if any of You will have any questions just write a comment and I will answer asap)

This week there is a huge event going on, students went on a huge ship cruise organized by Konkurssi, called Money Sails. Most of the IB students are there having plenty of fun and enjoying themselves. It is something that I guess most of You will have to try, though unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to go this year. Student unions organize lots of events for us so we could never get bored at any time of the year. These do not always mean parties, but also different happenings, movie watching, sports events and different kind of interesting ways of spending our spare time.

This just came to my mind now fast and I just had to share it, so You would know that this is not a boring place to stay I promise You! :)

I learned my lesson this week, so I will be more careful from now on. I went home on Wednesday after school and found a paper on our kitchen’s table. “Warning for cleaning the apartment by the day: 13th February, 2013.” Wow, I thought. I never really considered myself the dirty guy, but it turns out that 3 of us had managed to make some mess after all. We have been having arguments with my flatmates about these cleaning things. A practical advice: Make a note or a schedule, that who is responsible for what on that actual week, so everyone knows what they are supposed to do. This could save You some stress and a warning note I already got. :)

One more lesson I learned. I use bus as a transportation to go to school, back home and travel in the city. The city-ticket for a month costs 62 euros at the moment, if You do not have a student card. I applied for a student card in the beginning of the year and I got it but I did not know that I could save money on the monthly tickets also. System in Finland works a bit differently than back home. I just accidentally saw one of the students paying for his monthly ticket and he payed 52 euros. Hmm I started thinking and then I asked. He said that I should have gone to the bus station (alias Matkakeskus) and change my details and show my student card to them. So I did that. It does not seem a lot of money, 10 euros a month, but for a year it is 120 euros…. Also the food. I never was the best chef in the world and it still has not changed, but I now decided, that I will try to cook as much as I just can, and try to make nice food from as little amount of money as I just can. It turned out that I saved a bit more than 50 euros in the last month on food only by trying to find the best solution. In the beginning it’s really hard I know but after a while You get to know which products are cheaper than the others but still taste good.

The main point of this was that if You look around carefully and search for the best options, this is not even that expensive as one may think. Of course this does not include going to a restaurant, bar or any other kind of places like this.

And the most important thing again. Start to apply and do not think of it as a must, think of it as an opportunity! Jyväskylä is welcoming all of You! And I would like to do the same! :)

Best luck to all of You,

Tibi :)

 

 

First year at JAMK! Quite a lot of fun and new things…

Hello Everyone,

I have been preparing for posting here for quite a long time now.

My name is Tibor Kis and I am a first year student at JAMK studying International Business. So far this has been one of the best things that happened to me before, so I would like to write a few things about it and some info that could be quite useful for You.

It all started 3 years ago. I applied to an exchange student program and I had to opportunity to spend a year in Finland with a Finnish family. I immediately fell in love with Finland. I have seen quite a few places around the world before, but this is seriously one of the best places to live in my opinion. I had not experienced the safety and the wealthiness before I started my little trip to here. Then my exchange year was over. I went back to Hungary and started to think about my future. I had strange feelings in myself but then I finally decided to apply to higher education to Finland. I have a great interest in business so it was kind of obvious for me to search for a business programme in here. I started to browse on the internet, asked a few of my Finnish friends and that is when I finally found JAMK. The International Business line was said to be one of the best in the country and in addition it was in a city that has around 40.000 students living in it.

So last January I applied. Application went quite easily. Here are two links that could help You also if You are looking to apply.

http://www.jamk.fi/english/bachelorsdegrees/howtoapply

http://www.jamk.fi/english/education/howtoapply/entranceexaminations/internationalbusiness

I finally got the mail that I was accepted for the entrance examinations. I guess I do not have to say how excited I was. Then preparations and the other necessary things went through, I sent the needed documents to the school and almost everything was done before the entrance exams. (Btw: You will find all information if You click on the links I already copied). For me the entrance exams were quite big surprises. All the things were basically about testing your logic, communication skills, group-working abilities and a lots of real thing situations were included. For some reason I even enjoyed it though of course I was in a way nervous at the same time.

Then came the end of may. I was in the middle of my final exams in my Hungarian high school, when one afternoon I got a mail. I was accepted. The details about the next few days I am not going to write down, I guess it is better for all of us. Let’s just say that I was not nervous anymore. :) After all just final preparations, e-mails, paperwork and I was already officially a part of JAMK. Happy times I guess…

In July after I was done with all the things I needed to do, practical questions came to my mind. Where am I going to live? How am I going to find an apartment from Hungary? How am I going to survive financially? I decided to write an e-mail to the school and ask these questions from them. I supposed they knew these things much better than me. And I was right (as always… Not.).

Apartment situation: KOAS. KOAS is the organization that helps You to find a flat that is the most student friendly and the best choice if You want to get a reasonably-priced apartment or room in Jyväskylä. I visited the page and it went through easily. A few mails, application, filling in a form and after a week I already got an offer for a flat in Keltinmäki. It is a quite cheap place, for around 200 Euros one gets a room, internet connection, electricity, water and a warm room with a common kitchen and bathroom. Isn’t it just enough for a student?

I just needed a plane ticket. Cheap flights come to Finland quite often so it is not a huge amount of money if one wants to come here. The prices here are quite high though. I do not say it is cheap to live here, but no tuition fee is a thing that saves a lot of money for all of us. It depends on the person, but since I love to eat it costs a bit more to me. Bus ticket inside the town for a month is around 50 euros and these are mostly all your expenses. (Biking even in the winter is quite a common thing also)

But yeah I was ready to go. Then it was already the end of August, when I just arrived here. The whole year started with an orientation week. We got to know our tutors, the school, the methods, the IT systems and basically everything we needed to survive. We had plenty of events organized for us and with that we got to know the town, each other and the school more and more. (Some things happened also after 9 p.m. but I think it is again better not to get into the details…. :) ) .

So we had an awesome week. We basically knew the things we needed to do, the real job started. Courses were introduced, new teachers, new subjects, so I guess we were all kind of busy at that point of the year. The whole autumn was fun. I cannot find a better word for that. Even when we had to sit down and study it still was something much more interesting than I was used to before. AWESOME!!!!!!!!! :)

Exams came, we got to know plenty of new things, we worked with real case-companies and collected already business-cards while having fun. I will never forget it. We got to know how many opportunities we will have later on in the future and that motivated believe me.

I do not want to get to the boring details, You will anyways experience all of it if You apply and get accepted. Trust me it is a great choice.

About visiting home: We had an autumn break in October when I flew back for a week, then of course for Christmas also. Of course we all have a bit of homesick, but there is always a possibility to go home for a while, meet the good Oldies and get back to the life again. It is never really boring here so I guess most of us do not even feel homesick…..

It is truly fun, useful and the best thing that has happened to me. So come on and don’t hesitate a lot.

I will get back with other stories, happenings and experiences that could be useful for all of You! Until that have fun, enjoy life and DO NOT MISS great opportunities!!!!!!!! :)

 

 

I wish You all a very nice day!!! Heyya!

Tibi

Why Finland? Why JAMK? Polish IB student’s perspective

Hello, hello! :)

My name is Monika. I come from Poland and I’m a second year student of IB. FMe and winter in Jyväskyläor the next couple of weeks I’ll be your guide in the world of JAMK ;) I have in mind several topics I want to tell you about, but I’m willing to hear what kind of information you are interested in and write about it. So, feel free to comment whenever something comes to your mind! :)

Today I would like to tell you what is so special about JAMK and why I decided to study here.

Let’s start from a big picture. What makes Finland outstanding?
In my opinion, first of all, nature. One of a kind. All the lakes, forests, reindeer, squirrels and other animals, bright nights during summer and even snow and coolness during winter – it’s simply beautiful! Secondly, Finland is rather quiet country, very peaceful. I feel safe in here and I really appreciate this state.
Last but not least – Finland is a country you can trust. Everything is transparent. People obey rules. If they say something, they do so. Finns are very helpful. Additionally, their English skills (not only among youngest ones) are impressive.

Now, as you know what I consider as biggest advantages of Finland, it’s time to speak about JAMK itself. What attracted me most?

 1) Practicality

In my entire previous education there has been always focus put on theory. Practice, if any, was applied in a very small extent. Then, in 2008, I came to Finland for exchange and I realised that other approach is possible. OK, in Poland I studied Mathematics, so it’s slightly different story, but still ;) I saw so many advantages of Finnish education system….and here I am again ;)

At JAMK theory is just an addition to practice. Teachers know that we learn best by applying concepts to real-life situations. There are numerous assignments, case studies, projects during the courses. We do many class exercises, analyse tons of data, write reports, give dozens of presentations…and still are ready for more ;) Visitors, business people give us lectures. By frequent teamwork we are being prepared for working life. We cooperate with companies by projects, researches. There is always practical training involved in our study time.

Now I see how much I’ve learned so far even if often I didn’t feel it was learning. But, as you know, if you do something, it stays in you.

2) Internationality

For me, student of International Business, this is rather vital part of studies. At JAMK you can meet people from literally all over the world (OK, I haven’t met anyone from Australia yet, but I still have time ;) ).

At JAMK you have a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with many different cultures. Through teamwork you learn what are and how to handle differences in viewpoints. It really prepares not only for working but also for living in today’s global world.

3) English

Without any doubt, studies at JAMK help in developing English skills. Everyday students have to communicate with each other. There are discussions, group-works, presentations; all the lectures are in English. There is also a need to write assignments, reports, etc. English becomes so natural :)
JAMK’s virtue is also a presence of native English speakers – from USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland – not only students, but also lecturers.

4) Attitude

Being JAMK’s student makes you special. After my previous educational experience, it was quite big shock here. You are not another name on the list – you are a person! If you have any question, problem, there is number of people willing to help you.
Teachers are approachable. Students call them by first name, without using all this degrees or titles (like master, doctor, etc.). Questions are welcome – “The only stupid question is a question you haven’t asked” as one of my lecturers says. Teachers know their students, not only by name but also personality, capabilities, etc. Atmosphere is definitely more informal than in Poland and I love it here! It’s like everyone is a part of JAMK’s community. Simple and great! :)

Well, that’s all for today. I hope that I intrigued you a bit with my JAMK stories ;) More is coming next week. As I already mentioned, if you have any question or comment, I’m eager to read it and answer.

Ciao!

Monika

Getting started in Jyväskylä and JAMK

Dear future student,

As a student of logistics engineering you’re about to learn how to optimize and reduce costs in your professional field – warehousing, transportation or just logistics generally. I find it needy to know
When I was about to set off to Jyväskylä, I still didn’t have any idea about how big should my start-up capital be. For you, especially, I’m going to give a brief overview about the costs I carried to get started here, in Jyväskylä.

Almost all students are living in KOAS accommodation, because it’s the cheapest possible living you could get in town. First you pay the deposit for your flat which is about 250-400 €, but don’t worry, if you don’t break anything in the flat, the deposit will be returned. The rent starts from ~ 200 € (their homepage says that the average is about 11 €/m2) + if you’d like to have furniture you will be charged for extra 10 €.
If you don’t want to have furniture or you’re placed in the flat where it is missing – no problem, second-hand shops will become your new friends!
You can get a couch bed for 20-40 € from there. These shops are also useful when you’re looking for kitchen appliances, dishes and cutlery. But if you’re an exchange student, it is much handier for you to rent a JAMKO survival kit for 75 € (deposit included) and if you return it in a good condition you’ll get your deposit returned (30 or 40 €, depends on your membership in JAMKO).

There are 2 possible ways of getting around in town: one is by bus and the other one is by bike.
I am personally an all-season cyclist and yes, it is possible to cycle around even during the winter time and people do it a lot! You can either take your bike with you or you can buy a single speed (or, if you’re lucky, with speeds) bicycle for about 30-50 € (of course, the prices vary).
The bus card costs currently 46 €/month. A single ticket is around 3 €.

It is clear that if you come from outside of Europe you have to get a visa and of course, that has a price. If you are an EU citizen, you don’t need a visa, but instead you need a residence permit from the police, which costs around 50 €. It is mandatory for degree students.

When starting your studies it is a very good investment to get a JAMKO-card, because it gives you many benefits starting from cheaper train tickets to free gym in the school. In the beginning it costs 5 € for the card + 25 € (a year)/ 13 € (a semester) for the membership.

Small but important costs that you should also take into account are school lunch (2.5 €) and pre-paid phone card (8 €).

And finally, for party people to compare: beer and long drinks in nightclubs cost 3,5-7 € and shots ~4 €.

I really hope this brief overview will help whilst making your budget for Finland.

Over and out,
Peeter

 

Business opportunities in Finland, in Jyväskylä and at JAMK

Finland is an entrepreneur friendly country. To raise the level of entrepreneurship is a target stated by the government. And Finns are doing it thoroughly as they do everything else. There is even competition between noncommercial organizations and programs which are targeted to help entrepreneurs to startup or develop their business at the early stages. I will specify some interesting opportunities for entry-level entrepreneurs and you are surely free to choose what you like.

For those students who are interested in entrepreneurship JAMK Generator works. In practice it means that a student can take classes related to business and entrepreneurship, those students who do not have a business idea yet are encouraged to develop their skills and create ideas. Those students who already have an idea for business are getting a personal coach and support at every stage of setting up a business.  The link to JAMK Generator description: http://www.jamk.fi/english/research/jamk_generator

There are several organizations and programs that work in Finland and in Jyväskylä in particular to support entrepreneurs.

Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd., established in 1996, is a business promotion and development company owned by the four municipalities (City of Jyväskylä, Laukaa, Muurame and Uurainen) of the Jyväskylä Region. The aim of Jykes is to create a favourable business environment and to improve the co-operation between companies and the public sector. By offering expertise, support and various networks for companies, Jykes creates opportunities and conditions for profitable business operations. http://www.jykes.fi/en/

Jyväskylä Innovation Ltd is linking research and business. It is a development company that aims to make the Jyväskylä region an internationally thriving, technological growth centre for benefiting its diversified branches. The organization is supporting with its activities growth, development and competitiveness of technological enterprises in Jyväskylä Region and Central Finland. http://www.jklinnovation.fi/en

Technopolis Jyväskylä offers a service package in Jyväskylä, which seamlessly combines premises and related services in a user-friendly solution. The idea is to provide the optimal operating environment for technology companies. The centralized acquisition of services produces significant economies of scale that, combined with efficient use of space, ensure an economically favorable premises solution for the customer. http://www.technopolis.fi/index.php?id=21&lang_id=1

Luotsi is an organization targeted to develop entrepreneurship in Jyväskylä, they have services in English but you cannot guess that visiting their webpage ;) The most persistent non-speakers of Finnish can always try on-line translator:  http://www.luotsi.info/fi/tutustu_luotsiin/?id=8

Protomo is a multidisciplinary and social innovation and entrepreneur environment which works in several Finnish including Jyväskylä. It’s basic idea is to provide facilities, support of the community and sparring from the experts, free of charge, to help develop new services and products for the market. http://protomo.fi/en/what-is-protomo

Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. Works all around Finland. Every year, Tekes finances some 1,500 business research and development projects, and almost 600 public research projects at universities, research institutes and polytechnics. http://www.tekes.fi/en/community/Home/351/Home/473

Vigo is a new type of acceleration program which bridges the gap between the early stage technology companies and international venture funding. http://www.vigo.fi/frontpage

Finnvera is a specialized financing company owned by the State of Finland. It provides its clients with loans, guarantees, venture capital investments and export credit guarantees. Finnvera is the official Export Credit Agency (ECA) of Finland. http://www.finnvera.fi/eng/

Some other useful links:

Human technology Central Finland http://www.humantechnology.fi/en/do_business_with_us/?id=2

The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (manage the regional implementation and development tasks of the state administration).  http://www.ely-keskus.fi/en/frontpage/Sivut/default.aspx

Jyväskylä city website about business opportunities: http://www.jyvaskyla.fi/international/business

The leading startup conference in Northern Europe Slush (Helsinki) http://www.slush.fi/

Startup Sauna is a program that pushes the selected startups develop to a stage where they’re ready to take over the international markets. Startup Sauna takes two batches annually in the spring and fall (Helsinki).  http://startupsauna.com/

So those who are interested in entrepreneurship you are warmly welcomed to Jyväskylä and JAMK! There are plenty opportunities for you here!!! And good luck in the entrance exams!

I will be happy to answer all the questions about my experience of living in Jyväskylä and studying at JAMK, and if you want to ask something privetly you can write to my email: starovoytova.irina@gmail.com

See you in Jyväskylä ;)

 

International Business Students

We are different. We can speak different languages, we are of different age, different culture, and different experience. We contribute

to each other and learn from each other.

We are good communicators: we communicate to about 45 other students from our group every day. We are good speakers and performers: we make presentations in front of half hundred people at least every second week. We are good sellers: three students sold more than 60 brochures at KiVi event.

We are proactive. Some of us run their business while studying at JAMK, some do international working projects, many are participating in different students’ organizations, and we also have our classmate elected for JAMKO board.

We are curious: more than a half of International Business students have an exchange period abroad during their studies at JAMK.

Active students always have more fun. I can just shortly list the activities in which my friends and me took part during this autumn:

  • IDIS-competition /  Competitions among students teams about creating new ideas, which took 3 days, during which we were living in nice cottages in golf resort not far from Jyvaskyla, and had all meals and sauna included.  The tasks were set by the City of Jyvaskyla and Luotsi, non commercial organization supporting entrepreneurship in Central Finland. The award for a winner team was 800 EUR.
  • AIESEC / the world biggest students run organization which is targeted to make this planet more open-minded
  • JAMK Ambassadors / the program of promoting JAMK abroad
  • Lingua Café / the traditional Erasmus event, where you can speak different languages over a cup of tea
  • Feel Finnish habits evenings / every second week meetings, where you can find out and experience Finnish culture
  • Family Friend program / program of JAMK for foreign students to let them feel Finnish way of living inside a family
  • KiVi event
  • Protomo Open Doors Day / Protomo works like business incubator for startups, provides help, place and a fund for developing startups
  • Business Incubator Wednesdays / consultations and help for students of JAMK interested in entrepreneurship

I will not list all the parties and entertainments we are having here, it will take too much place, just believe me: that there are plenty of them.

See you next time, it will be post devoted to entrepreneurship in Finland and in Jyväskylä and at JAMK in particular.

 

First IB tale: HOW…?

© Kathy Ng.

© H. Lämsä

Moi! (Finnish)

привет! (Russian)

Bonjour! (French)

Ciao! (Italian)

Hola! (Spanish)

你 好! (Chinese)

नमस्ते! (Hindi)

Cześć! (Polish)

… and other warm ”hello”(s) in more than 20 languages else from International Business students at JAMK University of Applied Sciences! Welcome to the one-week blog of IB-ers!

I should firstly introduce myself. I’m Kathy, from Vietnam, a JAMK-IB sophomore and also a JAMK-IB lover. After a definitely inspiring blogging time of my friends Mona and Johanna from two other English-based degrees, I’m now on stage during this week to be with you. Honestly, at anytime I can imagine myself buried in a mountain of cool tales about IB, but I’ll try my best to bring here the most JAMK-IB stuff with which you may hopefully get a clearer and more holistic picture about us, as IB-ers, indulging ourselves in the whole degree at JAMK.

You may already have some ideas about WHAT an International Business degree is. The program name tells us all doesn’t it? Just simply about studying business in an international context. A more puzzling question starts with HOW:  How an International Business degree is conducted by JAMK, as a university of applied sciences?

To be a little bit more detailed:

-Business (studies): IB-ers are on the way of mastering the whole business operation including different functions, e.g. logistics, finance, marketing, etc, in a modern organization. Project management, teamwork, analytical tools, organization communications and other business-skill trainings are the musts. All up-to-date business topics, such as globalization or the current economic crisis are taken into account from the global perspective.

-International (context): IB-ers are international themselves (saying hello to my classmates from all continents in their native languages has been one of the most challenging tasks I’ve ever tried my life). IB-ers go to JAMK to be even more international in a harmonious relationship by studying business and sharing experiences together, by applying cross-cultural and language knowledge with schoolmates at lunch and other activities in our exciting student life. We are also “forced” to fly around the world through exchange and internship opportunities in order to enhance our cultural and communication background.

-JAMK University of Applied Sciences:

© Kathy Ng.

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Your total learning = ½ conceptual study (lectures, theories) + ½ practical knowledge (case studies, real projects from companies in and outside Finland, internships). To get good grades, IB-ers are expected to apply and perform their profound understanding about theoretical issues into their hands-on workload; and JAMK has its own system to instruct, support and motivate us in this sense (wonder no more, we’ll talk about that soon).

You are starting to view the JAMK-IB picture aren’t you? Above are only the basic ideas about studying IB at JAMK, also the main theme of my daily stories in this week. Let’s go deeper into the IB world tomorrow!

P/S: Let’s stay connected! My e-mail thuy.ng.nguyen@gmail.com is also used for my Facebook account. Feel free to ask me anything you are wondering about IB, okay? :)

~ Kathy Nguyen

Conquering the Middle Earth.

© H. Kynsijärvi

© H. Kynsijärvi

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.

@ H. Kynsijärvi

@ H. Kynsijärvi

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!

Cheers,

Mona

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