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Beat the Blues! brings international students together and supports wellbeing

Aalto international students: welcome to share experiences in a relaxed atmosphere and to gain insights on topics related to living in Finland. With Beat the Blues -events Starting Point of Wellbeing offers you a safe space to make new friends and maybe learn something new about surviving - and thriving - in Finland.
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Welcome to share experiences in a relaxed atmosphere and to gain insights on topics related to living in Finland.

Beat the Blues -events are on Otaniemi campus (Otakaari 1, Undergraduate Center), free of charge, and are open to Aalto international community. We wish that you register in advance, so that we can prepare enough snacks. You are warmly welcome - come as you are!

Upcoming events:

Wed 31.1. at 16.00-18.00: Employment in Finland 

Place: Otakaari 1, room Y115 - Undergraduate Center Lobby

Join us to talk about your experiences on job search and working in Finland. What good practices would you like to share with your fellow students, and on the other hand, what challenges have you faced as a jobseeker in Finland. This spring's first Beat the Blues event offers a space and time for discussing and reflecting on job seeking themes with Aalto Career Design Lab specialist Niina Malkamäki as well as other international students.

Niina will start with an introduction to the topic of job search in Finland as an international. The event continues with casual workshopping in small groups, covering topics such as job-seeking culture, language issues, networking and integration into Finnish society. Some former students (alumni) might be joining the workshops as facilitators and sharing their experiences from the time after graduation. Depending on the number of interested participants, there might also be an opportunity to play an educational game on navigating your way into Finnish job market.

Small snacks will be available! Please register in advance using the registration link above. Registration gives us valuable information for practical arrangements.

Wed 6.3. at 16.00-18.00: Friends and festivals

Place: Otakaari 1, room U523 - Top Lounge

Register to 6.3. event via this link!

As the light increases, the Finnish spring and summer with it's various festivities approach. However, what to do if you don't know where to go and with whom? Beat the Blues event in March is dedicated to friends and the upcoming Finnish summer. Come and find friends for a shared summer adventure and share the best tips.

This spring’s second Beat the Blues event will contain a lot of socialising. Snacks will be available! Please register in advance using the registration link above. Registration gives us valuable information for practical arrangements.

Wed 10.4. at 16.00-18.00: I'm enough - the power of self compassion

Place: Otakaari 1, room U523 - Top Lounge

Registration opens in March 2024.

Self-compassion can be described as an internal force, a skill that can help us navigate through the ups and downs in life. Its tender side allows us to treat ourselves with kindness and care when we most need it. Its fierce side can help us take action, to protect ourselves and reach our goals. It can also help us connect to others and therefore reduce loneliness.

Come, hear and discuss more in the Beat Blues-event "I’m enough – the power of self-compassion”. Talking about the topic is Saara Ahtola, a crisis worker and self-compassion guide from the HelsinkiMissio Crisis Services for Youth

Snacks will be available! We will open the registration for this event in March.

Starting Point of Wellbeing

The Starting Point of Wellbeing offers students easy access to counselling and advice on matters of well-being and study ability. The services available to you include drop-in (no reservation) advising/counselling sessions, peer support groups, and online materials. You can also make an appointment to receive individual counselling.

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Groups, workshops and online materials for supporting wellbeing and study ability

This page has groups, workshops and online (MyCourses) material organised by Aalto in the area of well-being. The groups and workshops are conducted in Finnish or English.

Personal Impact

Personal Impact brings to light already existing courses in Aalto University on values and meaningfulness, self-leadership, societal impact, human potential and well-being.

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Mind & Study - toolbox for being well in studies is organized also in English

Popular course "Mind & Study - toolbox for being well in studies" will be organized in Finnish and English in the spring!

Where to get guidance and support?

Guidance and support for study planning, study wellbeing, and career reflections for Aalto students.

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Aalto University launches new MOOC "Art of Living" by Frank Martela

This new massive open online course on how to live a good life is lectured by Ph.D., university lecturer Frank Martela. The course is produced by the Oasis of Radical Wellbeing project and it is part of Aalto’s lifewide learning portfolio. The course was launched on May 30th, 2023

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