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Beat the Blues! -events for Aalto international students

Beat the Blues! are wellbeing-themed events for international students at Aalto, organized by Starting Point of Wellbeing and Wellbeing Ambassadors. Come as you are! We are offering a place to share experiences, make new friends and maybe learn something new about surviving - and thriving - in Finland!
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International students, join us for Beat the Blues events!

Events are organized on campus (Otakaari 1), free of charge, and are open to all international students at Aalto. We wish that you register in advance (we wish to prepare enough snacks for everybody). You are warmly welcome - come as you are!

Find info about spring 2024 events on this site!

Autumn 2023 events were:

Wed 27.9. at 16.00-18.00: Living in Finland (Otakaari 1, U523 Top Lounge)

Topic: Living in Finland
 

Join us and share your experiences of how has it been to live in Finland, so far? What has surprised you? What has brought you joy? Has something been difficult and if so, how have you overcome it? How have your encounters with Finns been? Have you made new friends? It doesn’t matter, whether you are taking your first steps in Finland or have already lived here for longer. We wish that you come and share your experiences, they might also be valuable to others!

This autumn’s first Beat the Blues event (Wed 27.9. 16.00-18.00) offers a space and time for discussing and reflecting with other international students. We will start with a short introduction on how to make friends and connect with others in Finland, from study psychologist Henna Niiva, and continue with relaxed workshopping around these themes. We’ll end by sharing a few fun tips on what you can do in Finland. Snacks are provided! Please register in advance using the registration link above (registaration provides us valuable information for practical arrangements).

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Wed 25.10. at 16.00-18.00: Culture shock (Otakaari 1, U523 Top Lounge)

Topic: Culture shock

From honeymoon to the black hole and back! Adjusting to life in a new country is similar to other transitions, like moving to a new city or starting a new job, but with the added dimensions of adapting to cultural and language differences. Cultural adjustments can affect people living far from home in unexpected ways. Come and learn what can happen during your stay in Finland and how it may affect your studies especially at the beginning. And if you already have been in Finland for longer and feel that you have found a way to cope through and with the culture shock, come and share your valuable Top Tips for the newcomers!

This autumn’s second Beat the Blues event will start with a introduction (by Mari Dagnall) to culture and learning shocks and ways of coping with cultural adjustment, and continue with relaxed discussions and workshopping around these themes. Snacks are provided! 

Please register in advance using the registration link above. Registration gives us valuable information for practical arrangements.

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Wed 29.11. at 16.00-18.00: From winter-blues to embracing winter (Otakaari 1, room Y115)

REGISTER via this link!

Topic: From winter-blues to embracing winter

Have you heard stories about a long and dark Finnish winter? Are you wondering how to get through the season, let alone enjoy it? No worries, you are not alone and there are actually many ways to find joy during the winter season in Finland! 

This autumn’s last Beat the Blues event will concentrate on going from winter-blues to embracing winter. We will start with an introduction to the topic (by Aino Turunen) by sharing some practical tips, in addition to concrete ideas on how you can embrace the wintertime. The session will also include workshopping with others around these themes. Snacks are provided! 

Please register in advance using the registration link above. Registration gives us valuable information for practical arrangements. This autumn’s third event offers a space and time for discussing and reflecting with other international students. 

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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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