Four months in Trollhättan have gone really fast because time flies when you’re having fun! Every day life in Sweden is pretty similar than in Finland and I avoided the culture shock here. Small shock was when I started my studies in University West because the structure of the academic year is very different than in Finland and the courses were very challenging. Outside of school, I’ve done some travelling in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Swedish Lapland and it’s been awesome! I definitely know my Nordic surroundings better now. Even though my exchange was pretty close to home it was still far and I’ve enjoyed every moment!
The weather here is terrible most of the time but luckily good friends always save the day! I’m living in a student house and I’m sharing a kitchen with 27 other people from all over the world. Sometimes it’s getting on the nerves when there’s so many people sharing the kitchen but on the other hand that’s where you get to know people. These are the people I’m spending most of my time with.
At school people have been really nice too but the program I’m studying in is not so good. I have learned a lot of Swedish which was my main goal. But I haven’t learned so much new stuff when it comes to light design or theatre production. Practically everything we do here is group work with instruction “do something in the group and we’ll see on Friday what you have done”.
Around 0:58 you can see “the Swedish way of groupworking”. First it was a bit hard to adapt this method but I’m slowly getting used to it…
I use my spare time with my new friends and in the gym. It was a good idea to get the gym card because it’s keeping me active and I can go to sauna whenever I want! In the beginning it was also a really good way to learn to know my new friends better when we had something to do together. And of course one great plus is what regular exercising does to one’s body!
I still have few weeks left and I’m going to enjoy it as much as I can! I’m already dreaming of another exchange period which hopefully would be somewhere bit further than Sweden. I really hope the weather is getting better for my last weeks!
I arrived in Sweden on 26th of August earlier this autumn, and ever since I have been living in a rather small city Trollhättan that is located in a Southern Sweden, 30 minutes by train from Gothenburg. The amazing location of Trollhättan was one of the main reasons to apply for studies in Sweden; I knew how crazily easy it was to travel to other Scandinavian countries from there. And that on the other hand was something which fascinated me greatly; to see the different cities so near, but still far enough that I have never travelled to those before.
And traveling is the thing we have done here a lot – so mission accomplished! Now after three months in Sweden I can just be extremely thankful for all the great adventures.
What comes to studying here, well that part didn’t go exactly as planned beforehand. As I arrived here and had my introductory lectures, it was clear that I had to change half of the courses, as my previous studies did not give strong enough knowledge base for those. Also the level they require in the exams here in Sweden showed up to be extremely high; our first lectures had always those motivational speeches saying that “more than 60 per cent fail the exam always but don’t worry, you can do as many re-exams as you want”.
Also studying besides the exams have been completely different than we Finns are used to. Here in Sweden everything is all about writing your own reflections of the books you have read and afterwards we have seminars where to discuss about the literature. Challenging and interesting!
(Since this program didn’t let me add more photos, that’s all you get this time, haha)
One week to go here before it’s time to say goodnight for a moment and celebrate Christmas with my loved ones <3
Ps. I thought for a moment to make this blog post into a real Christmas edition with only pictures from Christmas markets around Scandinavia but after all that wouldn’t be fair since there wouldn’t be any photos of the Finnish ones?