Monthly Archives: October 2013

31 days to takeoff

First things first! I’m quite a perfectionist and Finnish in addition to that, so I have an urge to apologise my bad English. I know it’s not that bad, but still. Try to bear with me. 😉


When I first applied to JAMK I knew I wanted to have an exchange period abroad. It was one of the first things I started to plan when school started. To be exact this might well be the only thing I have planned this long, almost 2 years. Taiwan wasn’t my first choise, I wanted to go to Nepal. Now when I think back I’m quite happy that wasn’t an option for our class anymore. Why Taiwan? I’m intersted in Chinese medicine and I wanted to go somewhere far away. I knew nothing about Taiwan when I decided to apply there and now I know a bit of Chinese (Mandarin), have some Taiwanese friends and I know where to locate it on the map.


31 days before the plane will leave Finland and my journey starts. There is still a ton of work to do before I can leave. Visa applications and buying necessities like adapters etc. This far I have already dealt with almost all the paperwork. Applications after applications to KELA, JAMK, National Yang Ming University and so on. Health certificates, extracts from the criminal records, scanning million photos and student cards to Taiwan and the list goes on. At first I thought that I will never survive all this paperwork, but our international coordinator Armi has been an angel and helped a lot. Now what is left is mainly the excitement.


I can’t believe this, I’m really going to live and work abroad for over 3 months!