As we head to the end of some exchange experiences, here is one person's story from Jyväskylä. We thank the anonymous writer for these beautiful words.

 

Some of you might have heard tales of this noble tradition we have here in Finland, the freshmen party. Your tutors might have told you stories from their parties back when they were freshmen...

If you haven’t already realized, Finnish is a pretty hard language to speak and learn. It has been ranked as one of the most difficult languages to learn in the world, ...

The entire school year has been building up to this. This is what you’ve been preparing for. This is what you’ve been waiting for. This is what all the student parties have been leading up to. This is where your Finnishness comes to the test. Bring on Vappu!

Erasmus as an experience is often associated with, of course, studying, getting to know new people, creating new relationships and social networks, traveling and perhaps also a little bit partying. In addition to all of this awesomeness, there are many more important aspects to Erasmus, which sometimes may get a little bit forgotten alongside all fun, new and exciting things studying as an Erasmus student can offer.

This blog post comes to you from London, England. Coming here makes me feel very at home, sometimes even more so than being in Finland. This got me thinking about what home is and what ESN does to our perception of home and belonging. Warning: this blog post is going to get a lot more rambling and want-to-be artsy than the rest, bear with me.

The moment is almost finally here: the first ESN sitsit (sitsfest) of the Spring semester! Now, I’ll bet that most of you have no idea what I’m talking about, so here is a little preview of the awesomeness that goes on at a sitsfest.

They are the most comfortable, colourful, practical and did I mention fashionable things to wear to student parties. Learn more about the student overall culture and your chance to buy a pair of your own ESN overalls here! Suit up!

One of the highlights of the semester is almost here: The Ultimate Sauna Experience! Here are all the tips and tricks needed to survive and have a blast with your new friends and to find out more about the Finnish Sauna culture. Can’t wait to see you there!

Here we are: new year, new ESN Jyväskylä blog! On the behalf of the entire ESN family I welcome you to Jyväskylä!