Aalto University Summer School


Self-Leadership is a hands-on self-leadership and well-being summer course that creates a framework for personal growth by providing a toolkit for structuring time, working on your wellbeing, and how to work smarter, not harder.
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1.2.2024 – 31.5.2024

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2 weeks full-time

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Aalto University

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Do you struggle with the nagging feeling of frustration or being stuck? There could be many reasons: you are enslaved by your calendar, and you never stop running, or you know that you need a change in your life, but you don’t know where to start or how to find the courage to make it happen. Meanwhile, it feels like your life is passing you by. Do you want to have a manual with practical tools to help you understand the reasons behind your frustration and how to step out of it? This course will give you such a toolkit. 

Every person and their story is unique, and what works for one person might not work for another. The course offers a library of tools instead of one general concept. During the course, every student will find something that fits their particular circumstances and needs perfectly.

The undergraduate summer course Self-Leadership is highly practical. Students get to discuss the topics and get assignments connected to them. The core of the course is to equip every student with a practical toolkit of self-development exercises that they will be able to execute on their own long after the course.

The course covers life challenges and how to hack them; assessing your state;  mindset flexibility and why we need it; goal setting, time management, self-compassion, resilience, maintaining motivation, empathic leadership and the art of small steps for habit formation.

The Self-Leadership summer course by Aalto University Summer School derives from the Good Life Engine course at Aalto University. It is one of the flagship courses of the Aalto Ventures Program. The Good Life Engine was created in response to the needs of Aalto University students regarding well-being and self-mastery. Over 300 students have participated in the course since its start in 2019.

Summer School Alum Story: Toward personal growth and intrinsic motivation in the Self Leadership course

Summer School alum Christina Malikiosi reflects on her experience Self Leadership course, including personal growth and motivational factors.

Read about Christina's experience
Christina Malikiosi työstämässä tehtävää oppitunnilla.

Lidia Rauramo

Teacher Information

Lidia Rauramo works as an educator in design thinking, teamwork, leadership, self-leadership, well-being, and entrepreneurship. Currently, she is an educator at Aalto Ventures Program (AVP) and an internal coach at Aalto University and Sampo Accelerator. For more than six years, she has designed and taught offline, hybrid, and online programs, courses, and workshops for students and staff at Aalto University and educators across the globe. Before working at Aalto University, she worked for multiple years as a senior project manager in a large nuclear corporation and Think Tank. She has recently published the ebook Good Life Engine – Membership in the Anxiety Club.

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Get to know your coursemates and Finland through engaging extracurricular activities and social events organised by the Summer School team.

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