What has been the ultimate highlight of your studies or time in Finland?
The ultimate highlight of my time in Finland by now was when I dared to do a thing that I never had the courage to do before: running a campaign for a position in the student organization and giving a speech in front of many people. It was a priceless lesson and a memorable achievement, as I stepped out of my comfort zone. The Mikkeli spirit was clearer than ever on that night, when I received a lot of support and encouragements from many people, even whom I didn’t know. It’s not a thing that can be described by words but rather be experienced by oneself and believe me, it’s worthwhile.
How have your studies in Aalto University and living in Mikkeli shaped you as a person?
First and foremost, I have seen an outstanding progress in my academic ability, from both knowledge and skill standpoints. Public speaking used to be my biggest fear but now, the shaking voice and tensed facial muscles during presentations are have vanished. I have been totally in awe to be surrounded by a lot of intelligent students, who are knowledgeable and talented in many ways. I have learnt a lot from them and pushed myself forward. Likewise, they recognize my ability and encourage me to be more confident, which I’m truly grateful for.
Living in Mikkeli might sound boring, but it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy life and explore yourself. It can also be very bustling if you surround yourself with good friends and attend events, which are now disquietingly postponed due to the pandemic. Personally, I have become more outgoing, confident, and culturally sensitive after being involved in such an international and multi-cultural environment like Aalto Mikkeli.