Starting to settle

Last week went super fast because there was Introduction week for new international students. From Monday to Thursday every evening was happening with some activities like group competitions, beer Cantus (Oktoberfest like happening with “free beer” and sign songs), international kitchen (everyone brought traditional dish or sweets etc. from their home countries), pool playing and of course; getting to know with the mentor group. It was loads of fun, but because I had so much to do on a week some assignments I did on the weekend.

Also studying took a lot of my time after the first week, just yesterday I gave my first presentation about Finnish and Dutch Health Care in general, comparing those. In this course, I’m the only international student and Dutch students compared The Netherlands to their becoming destination countries where they are going to travel to do their internship after 5 weeks. I fit well in the group and it’s nice that teachers always ask how is this in Finland? So I´m the country expert which is really nice, I like that people are interested my home country. In the other course there’s other international students so I´m not that special.

Recycling is different here, in my area on Monday mornings I take the ordinary trash out and put them in front of the house near streetlight- and the trashmen take them to the car from there. And Wednesday is the same thing with biotrash except there is a bin for those that day only? Paper and glass I can take anytime I want to the recycling point nearby. With batteries and electronics the system is same here, which I haven’t use yet. And here is no pledge in plastic bottles and aluminium cans, so they go to ordinary trash. That was hard to believe for me, because in Finland we are use to take them back to the supermarket. So after asking it bytheway style from several people and google it -I can do so also. I found the information that they separate those later. I´m environmentally friendly so this is important issue for me. And often I check things from many people if I want to be sure.

Dutch culture is really punctual, and they will tell you that. Of course it’s not a problem for a Finn. One day I was lost and a bit late, but it seems that’s something what can be forgiven. Maybe it is not so forgiven if you have a private meeting with someone, you steal the time if you are late.

What a problem or worry sometimes might be, the lunch is more light than I am used to my whole life in school and at home. In Finland its common to eat warm lunch and it´s always been the biggest and most important meal for me + breakfast + dinner + usually snack on afternoon.. Now at school eating sandwiches for a lunch is something I get used to more and more.. I knew it beforehand, so bigger breakfast keeps me going very well!

I learned today from different concepts of culture; food, time management and how do we think the illnesses and how treating them comes from the culture. According our study material –

when asking how to explain culture? -here a quotation/ citation:

“Cultures compromise systems of shared ideas, systems of concepts and and rules and meanings that underlie and are expressed in the ways human beings live”

Keesing and Stathern, retold by Helman 2007. Book named Culture, Health and illness.
Couldn’t agree more!

| Author: Helmi