Studied Sociology & Politics and English at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland in 2018/19 (BA International)
By the time I got to Finland everything that could’ve gone wrong had gone wrong. Delayed flights, broken luggage, key to my apartment didn’t work and so on. I was about ready to turn round and go back to Ireland. And then orientation week started, and I changed my mind immediately. My experience in Finland was incredible; I met people that I know I’ll be friends with for the rest of my life. I took classes that were interesting and different and gave me a different perspective. Not only was I immersed in Finnish culture, but in the cultures of all those who were also international students. I participated in my first Passover, Ramadan and Sitz (a traditional Finnish students’ academic dinner party), I volunteered with the Swedish People’s Party during the parliamentary elections, I learned to salsa dance, I learned to cook Chinese food with my neighbour …
Going on Erasmus allowed me the opportunity to travel. I travelled to 15 different countries, both with friends that I made during my studies and by myself. It’s an experience, both for learning and culturally, that I would never want to take back. I couldn’t recommend it more, and I would definitely recommend going to Finland - it’s a beautiful country with incredible people.