Admittedly, I am not always a very environment-oriented person. If I need something, I buy it from a store without considering a second-hand item. I often leave the tap running when I brush my teeth. I’m not a vegetarian. However, there is one aspect of ethically conscious behavior I have taken part in more than [...]
This fall has brought a big change to the university campus in the center. Namely, the opening of the much-hyped, eagerly anticipated Kaisa-talo, the modern main library of the university. I walked in through the revolving door on the opening day and looked up. At first glance, I was blown away by its beauty, its [...]
During the past few years the bicycle has been rising in popularity as a choice of transport within Helsinki especially among young adults. Or it might have always been popular, I don’t care, I don’t know, I haven’t lived in the capital long enough to have collected observations from a long period.
If you detect some annoyance in my final piece about me and my BA thesis, I can tell you that before sitting down to write this, I chased my suitcase from Helsinki-Vantaa to Espoo as someone mistook mine for theirs. Moving on! It’s been a while now since I handed in my essay and the [...]
I never thought much of the Eve of First of May or First of May until I moved to Helsinki. In my small town, these days consisted of seeing more balloons than usual and going to a special lunch with my parents where some people wore their student caps, but that was it. So when [...]
For the past few months, I’ve thought about Janet Schaw and her travelogue almost every day. It’s strange to think that almost 250 years after her journey, I am delving into her experience of the West Indies, trying to decode what her text reveals about her and her surroundings. I’ve imagined her standing on the [...]
Somehow the fall semester has flown by and I’m halfway through my proseminar. It’s been rather interesting and, at times, unnerving. What was all fun and games at first gave me a bit of fright in the beginning of November. I spent the first two of months of the course familiarizing myself with 19th century [...]
More than anything it was curiosity that drew me to the Old Student Building on October 19. I wasn’t invited to the event, but everyone was welcome. I arrived at the building slightly after 9 o’clock. The windows had mysterious purple lighting which immediately suggested it wasn’t just any ordinary weekday night. Earlier that evening [...] [...]
After my Swedish lecture, I rush to the 6th floor of Metsätalo to my next class. It’s hardly just another course among many this fall. It’s the one I’ve been dreading for almost two years, ever since I understood what it was and how much work it was going to be. I’ve watched older students [...]
Kristiina Nieminen gives you some comforting words for the freshman year.