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Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Henry Ford

Three weeks studies behind in the SpoSMaPro 2013 group, and I can agree with the previous blogger Miguel: It’s been awesome! The group has got to know each other, we’ve had a good orientation to practical things, the studies have started intensively, and we’ve also had time for some after school activities. Jyväskylä and the staff of the University have offered a warm welcome for us new students. It seems like we have an active and motivated class consisting different nationalities with unique backgrounds. There has also been a great help from the students of SpoSMaPro 2012, whose experience we have been able to count on during the first weeks.

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A typical view from my new home town.

One of the big things that we’ve started to do immediately at school is the planning of studies. We all have different history in the field of sports, and therefore we expect different things from the program. It has been interesting to hear the goals and expectations of fellow students towards student life. We did a lot of brainstorming for the individual learning plan, and analyzed the direction we should start heading in our studies. Careful planning was worth it, and for example in Social Interaction class we have been able to share things about our vision and also about our backgrounds.

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Following the local football match with fellow students

Since it’s only been three weeks in Jyväskylä, there are more questions than answers towards our student experiences. Are we able to arrange the best floorball happening of the year in our Sport Events class? How many times will I change the subject of master’s thesis before I’ll find the right topic? Will our international fellow students ever understand why Finns have World Championships in Wife Carrying and Boot Throwing? Will we somehow find tickets to the sold out Kauppakadun Appro (one of the biggest students happenings in Finland, arranged in Jyväskylä)?

endI guess only time will tell, but in the mean time we will stay curious, enjoy new experiences and follow our dreams in the field of sports. Relaxing autumn to everybody, and remember to dress warm.

Antti

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