I can’t imagine that the first year is almost over. Time is just flying. Especially if you are occupied with assignments and the big project named THESIS. It has started actually from day one of this program and it still follows all of us in our group. The crazy thing about this project is that after having a – what I like to call – “major breakthrough” devastating news will follow and you try to doubt your whole topic and research again. But yeah, as the old saying goes “Two steps ahead – one step back”. Interesting enough it teaches one of the most cited Finnish culture attributes – SISU. The word doesn’t really have a direct translation but I would explain as stubborn persistence and wanting something for any price. So I guess this is something which is worth learning and practicing also during non-academic life.
The bright side of this is that there is there is a reason to escape to different places. Two of my escapes led me to skiing in Lapland and the other one to cottage in Eastern Finland. Those small breaks are just the perfect way to recharge the batteries and forget about the daily routine. I think Finland is such a diverse country that you are able to find a lot of escapes from studying and/or working.
To sum it up it’s really important to have breaks as well in order to stay sane and calm and not worry too much about the workload ahead of you. Because if you come to another country and just look after the studies there won’t be any time to enjoy the other sides of this beautiful country. And you know “time just flies.”