I’m Saga, the fourth newly appointed Deputy Board Member of CISSI. I just started my third year of bachelor’s majoring in social psychology after spending a year abroad in France. During my exchange I met a lot of amazing international students and when I returned to Finland I wanted to meet more!
I had heard about CISSI during my first year of studies and when I started as a tutor for this fall’s exchange students, other international tutors told me more about the organization. I wanted to be a part of the internationally-minded community that CISSI promotes and help to make it grow even more. I find that it’s in the best interest of both Finnish and international students to reinforce the internationality and inclusion at our faculty. That being said, I’m looking forward to all the forthcoming CISSI events, like the Halloween party we’re organizing on Friday.
If you want to meet the new deputies and celebrate Halloween with CISSI, we hope you join us in Kuppala this Friday!
My name is Iina and I’m an anthropology major in the Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration program. I moved back to Finland from the U.S. a year ago and recently became one of the four newly appointed Deputy Board Members of CISSI.
Being a second year student, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know CISSI prior to becoming a member. Over the past year I have attended CISSI parties and events and gotten to know some of the board members – and I must say, this organizations dedication to international students is praiseworthy and made me want to get more involved this year. I feel that it is crucial that international students have the same opportunities and experiences that Finnish students have, which is exactly the reason CISSI was founded.
Although I am Finnish, I have been an international student my entire life. From elementary school in Mozambique to middle school in the UAE to high school in the US, I have always been a foreigner in a new environment, so I’m passionate about assisting and advocating for international students here. I’m excited to join the CISSI team and hope my experience in dealing with international student matters will help me guide new students with the ins and outs of the University of Helsinki.
Hello! I’m Emilee and I’m from Orlando, Florida. I’m excited to be one of the newly appointed Deputy Board Members of CISSI. I have just started my first year in the Media and Global Communication master’s program.
I came to Helsinki on very short notice and was determined to meet as many people as possible. I learned about CISSI from my tutor Valeriya and I immediately knew I wanted to be involved in some way. In Orlando, I had the opportunity to help international students learn English and through them I learned the importance of integration and community involvement. So, with the shoe on the other foot here in Helsinki I found CISSI to embody much of what is important as an international student in a new country.
I am excited to continue my involvement with CISSI and to help more international students feel at home in Finland. I can’t wait to plan more events and meet like-minded students in this lovely city. CISSI has already been so welcoming, I hope I can continue to grow our community at the University of Helsinki.
Hi everyone! My name is Sam and I’m from the UK. I’m currently studying on the first year of my Master’s programme in ‘European Studies’. I’m one of three other new Deputy Board Members for CISSI that were appointed at the recent EGM!
Before I came to Helsinki as a student I’d heard a lot about how welcoming the student societies at the University of Helsinki are so I signed up at the welcome fair in my first week (well done to CISSI secretary, Mong, for being able to read my disastrous handwriting).
I moved to Helsinki from Glasgow earlier this year, and though it’s an exciting and beautiful city in which to live as a student, integration can be difficult. I’ve spoken to many international students who have had trouble outside of the university with the language barrier – contracts have been exclusively in Finnish making simple processes like opening a bank account more difficult. This can also be the case with something as simple as a Facebook event which you might miss entirely if it’s written exclusively in Finnish.
What I admire about CISSI, and why I’m excited to get more involved as a Deputy Board Member is how inclusive CISSI is as an organisation. Not only do CISSI plan their own events with consideration for international students by always including an English language option alongside the Finnish, they encourage other organisations to do the same! So whilst CISSI might not be able to help with that bank contract, they’ll definitely help you to never miss a party!
On this chilly autumn evening I was enjoying warm memories of what had brighten up my days back in Helsinki. CISSI, of course!
As a deputy member I was helping Valeriya with the field of corporate affairs. Actually, our research showed that there is a convincing number of social sciences organizations in Helsinki. And experience of organizing a visit to one of the leading business and policy think tanks in Finland was truly inspiring. It assured me that dreaming of a researcher’s job in Helsinki is not a dead end. Even for an international.
Besides this, I found a way to really enjoy parties (given that previously I was not a big party-goer). Helping with them is indeed doubling the fun. Moreover, you will never feel awkward anymore arriving at Kuppala (you’ll always find someone from CISSI and something to do).
Board meetings always provided me with some food for thought. You never know what’s in the heads of people surrounding you in the Uni. Turned out to be they are full of surprises! Pleasant ones. Still, even more exciting than brainstorming for ideas was seeing them actually implemented.
And integration into Finnish culture could not get any better. Just imagine a lovely evening in a traditional Finnish cabin with a stunning lake view. Sharing stories (and meals) from all over the world, practicing a couple of foreign languages at once and watching ice hockey after a sauna. This is a CISSI-lifestyle. Feeling envious of those who are just joining the CISSI team and are on their way to discover the perks of being a CISSI-comrade.
Hei! My name is Alina, and I’m a deputy member of CISSI. I study in the Research Master’s Degree Program and I am originally from Germany. I know about CISSI already from my time as an exchange student where I visited their events but the organization really started to thrill me when I became a Master student at the University of Helsinki and I realized how much more is into it beside organizing events. It is about meeting interesting people from different countries, working in a multicultural environment, implementing ideas for events or integration of international students but also having a voice for international students and being involved in University matters. 😊 as you can see it is quite diverse and that’s what is the fun part about it.
As a Deputy member I am basically a helping hand at the events but I also give my ideas & comments in the board meetings of CISSI where we plan & discuss events & international student matters. Technically speaking there is a difference between a board member and deputy member but this difference is not really executed in CISSI. Everyone has a say 😊. Nevertheless, becoming a deputy member is less serious and less committing than a board position. So for those of you, who are worrying if they have enough time for working in CISSI or just want to try it out how it is to be in a Finnish student organization, I warmly recommend to you to run for a deputy position at the Extra General Meeting at Weber in the New Student House on the 11th of October at 20.00. However, you are also very welcome to CISSI if you just casually want to contribute with ideas or helping out at our events. So see you on the 11th 🙂 !