As an Asian, education has always been something bland and boring, but it all changed when I chose Finland as my destination for my bachelor’s degree, and SAMK to be specific.
First, let’s talk about Finland’s education. It is said that Finland is the 8th most educated country in the world so you are guaranteed to have a good education here. Then about SAMK, the school teaching method is very practical, as can be expected from an applied science university. The teachers here is also very passionate, they willing to help you with any question related to your studying, even sometimes about your difficulties in living in a new country. This help me a lot in the beginning when I have no knowledge of the place I’m gonna be in the next 4 years.
Besides that, during my study in the Autumn semester, I have studied a lot (as a tourism student) about marketing and tourism as a definition. In my opinion, this is the foundation knowledge for my study in this major. So the teaching structure here in SAMK is also very good. But after all the most important thing I learned here is the ability to self-study. Since I’m a college student, this is a very important skill to have, it is a requirement for anyone.
I am happy I chose Finland
For a person that loves traveling like me (this is also one major reason why I choose tourism as my major), I am happy that I chose Finland as a place for my study. I had the chance to travel abroad to a foreign country and live here. Finland is a northern country so it does have a lot of northern traits such as the people here or the weather.
During the winter it snows most of the time which is quite enjoyable for me, as a tropical country resident, this is a very new experience for me. I enjoy seeing snow showering – in my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful weather phenomenon!
And about the destination here in Finland, it is sad that I haven’t had the chance to travel to any tourist destination in Finland yet, but I sure know Lapland is very popular in the winter (I would love to go there next year). Oh, and Finland is also famous for having the most beautiful beach in northern Europe, Yyteri, which is also here in Pori where I live!
Text and photos: Duy Le, second year International Tourism Management student