Monthly Archives: January 2015

Feelings from first classes

Hey all again. Since last post has happened many things. My classes started two weeks ago. So I have pre-calculus (math), U.S. history to 1865, Jazz to Rock (musician) and seminar/critical inquiry. It might sounds an easy schedule but I have found studying at UTEP way different than any other schools before. I mean the most difficult thing is language. Especially in history… I have no idea about U.S. History and now I have to study it in English! So these couple weeks of my studying have included in a lot of reading. Because I am an international student and athlete I must do every week at least 8 hours in study hall. Basically I have to read or do assignments or both. Also I got some tutoring hours (2 per week on Monday & Thursday evenings) for History class.

During my free time I have been on mountains, in outlet mall and the most of the time hanging with my new friends. Practices have gone better and better. Because of thin and dry air (altitude from the sea level is about 1300m) I have to drink water way more than in Finland.

There is my this week practice schedule:

  • Monday: medicine balls, javelin, lifting (3h45min)
  • Tuesday: hurdle mobility, banana hurdles, specific stretching, sprints, lifting (3h15min)
  • Wednesday: hurdle mobility, javelin circuit, plyometrics (shot throws & box jumps) (2h15min)
  • Thursday: medicine balls, javelin, lifting (3h30min)
  • Friday: warming-up, specific stretching (1h30min)
  • Saturday: jumps & leaps & bounds + sprints (1h30min)
  • Sunday: rest


I am frustrated because I can’t upload any pictures (some of them are in my facebook & instagram) … Hopefully this error will be fixed quickly.


First days in El Paso

Hi all. Long waiting before this trip has finally ended. I arrived at El Paso last Sunday. It was very difficult situation to say goodbyes for my parents in the Helsinki-Vantaa-Airport. But now I am here and not looking back unless I miss my family and friends of course.

My first day here went pretty fast. I meet my roommate Zac and another thrower from track team Kevin. Kevin took me to Walmart and I bought everything I needed for daily life. My dorm is really nice but temperature is cold inside at nights. I had heard that people in this city are very kind and helpful but I really did not think that they really are :D. It is really awesome that someone I have met a day ago comes and pick you up anywhere you want.

On Monday I had to do some paperwork to both; school and team and I met coaches and physics and doctors. On Tuesday I finally became official member of our track team. GO MINERS! I also got this semester’s schedule which includes in math, history, musician and inquiry. And today I had some kind of orientation for international students. I also did my first official practice today, gym of course.

I’m looking forward to couple next days because I’m going to throw javelin on Friday or Saturday! School starts next Tuesday so I will write more about it in future. The weather should be much warmer on the weekend (today was only 9-11 degrees with a cold wind).

Kaikki siis hyvin täällä! 🙂 I will add photos as soon as possible. Now there seems to be some kind of technical issue when trying to upload any media…