International tutors for 2021

Tutors for exchange students

Your name, which year level are you on and what are you specifying in, if you already know that?

Name: Eetu Rimo, Year of studies: nth/final year, Main subject: meteorology

How was your last year in the university and did it meet your expectations?

It was definitely different than any previous one, but it was what I expected with pandemic conditions. I believe it has made me more adaptable.

Any tips for the exchange students for their upcoming year?

If you are unsure about anything related to your studies, university events or just living in Finland, ask your tutors. There are no stupid questions.

Funny or interesting fact about yourself?

I have been in the Executive Committee of International Association of Physics Students(IAPS)

 

Your name, which year level are you on and what are you specifying in, if you already know that?

I’m Jesse Soininen and on my 4th year of meteorology studies

How was your last year in the university and did it meet your expectations?

Last study year was interesting and full of remote studies and exchange hullaballoo. Could have been better, could have been worse, nevertheless a strong recommendation to have a comfortable study space also at home. I found fetal position on the floor and under a blanket helpful.

Any tips for the exchange students for their upcoming year?

Your exchange experience will be great when you share it with others and remember not to stress about unnecessities, such as exams or papers.

Funny or interesting fact about yourself?

I never finished on top 4 of my class in elementary school’s cross country skiing competitions. Turtle fact: I have a turtle called Kekkonen, who is actually a cat and not a turtle.

 

Your name, which year level are you on and what are you specifying in, if you already know that?

Sofia Järvinen, second year of studies, meteorology

How was your last year in the university and did it meet your expectations?

I didn’t have many expectations about university life before starting my first year. That is probably why I really enjoyed it despite us not having a lot of live events or contact teaching.

Any tips for the exchange students for their upcoming year?

Participate in everything (even the remote Zoom events)! Get to know people and don’t let the current situation stop you from having an amazing exchange experience.

Funny or interesting fact about yourself?

I have a pet Siberian chipmunk

 

Tutors for master exchange students

 

Your name, which year level are you on and what are you specifying in, if you already know that?

Ari Leppälä, starting my 5:th year now, majoring in astronomy and astrophysics.

How was your last year in the university and did it meet your expectations?

Last year has been bit challenging as all teaching has been online, but like everyone tried to make best out of bad situation – but to be honest I would lie, if I would say that I was not bummed by the lack of interaction and study groups.

Any tips for the master students for their upcoming year?

– As we Finns really are a nation of introverted people, don’t let the lack of small talk fool you – most likely we like you very much, we just lack the skill to tell it to you. – Have good solid winter clothing and figure out layering when dressing up for getting out as January and February are going to be cold – really cold – colder than you imagine – I really mean cold – unless you are from Siberia, Alaska, or Canada and thus used to cold winters. – If you feel confused / unsure /clueless about something – don’t be afraid to ask.- Just remember don’t panic as everything is mostly harmless

Funny or interesting fact about yourself?

I might have some Vogonic -behaviour patterns due spending some time in Army / UN-peacekeeping. (and maybe bit of thing for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

 

Your name, which year level are you on and what are you specifying in, if you already know that?

Ronja Öhrnberg, first year in TCM, fifth year in total at the University of Helsinki.

How was your last year in the university and did it meet your expectations?

Surprisingly ”fast and colorful” as we say in Finland. Studies went quite well, social life was below average, as expected.

Any tips for the master students for their upcoming year?

”Ei oo hoppu hyväksi eikä kiire kunniaksi” – a Finnish proverb, literally: ”haste isn’t good for you and rush brings no glory”.

Funny or interesting fact about yourself?

I’ve ordered a quarter of a tonne of beans to my apartment.

 

Your name, which year level are you on and what are you specifying in, if you already know that?

Sakari ”Sakke” [Väkevä], eighth year, Atmospheric Sciences (PhD student)

How was your last year in the university and did it meet your expectations?

Before starting the research part of the PhD, I had to complete some missing meteorology studies, so I took the same courses with second and third year meteorologists. It was fun to go back to the basics again and review how the Navier-Stokes equation actually went.

Any tips for the master students for their upcoming year?

Don’t stress too much about choosing a study track or a set of courses, just do as you feel good – whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong. (Second: never try to attend two Zoom meetings at the same time.)

Funny or interesting fact about yourself?

I am a friend of lame humor and the last wilderness warrior. All the schools I have attended have been closed, with the exception of the University of Helsinki. I play the organ in my leisure time and practice for the half marathon.

 

Your name, which year level are you on and what are you specifying in, if you already know that?

My name is Joona Cornér and I study meteorology for the fifth year now.

How was your last year in the university and did it meet your expectations?

To say that the past year was weird would be an understatement. However, all things considered I would say it wasn’t that bad and lived up to my expectations (probably because in many cases they weren’t that high).

Any tips for the master students for their upcoming year?

This is not an original tip but all the more important. Find yourself someone or a group of someones with whom to study together. At least in my experience this makes especially remotely taught courses much easier and more pleasant.

Funny or interesting fact about yourself?

There are a few palaces in Venice called Palazzo Corner which means I may secretly be a Venetian aristocrat.