Tampere Ambassador: Marsela Husen

Where are you from?
I am from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I am Marsela Husen, but my friends usually called me Marsey. I would say that I am a great example of an Ambivert person. On one side, I have a bubbly and outgoing personality. I love to meet and talk to new people, smile to strangers, do ‘crazy’ dance in class, or give presentation in front of an audience. I also have an adventurous spirit that loves to travel. Because of that I have travelled to about 34 countries and made friends from all around the world.

On the other hand, I have a great need of silent time every day, at least two hours to recharge my ‘battery’. If I have to, I could even spend the whole week without talking to people or going out from home. Instead, I prefer to read. I have over 1000 books and comics. I am addicted to written words and quotes, and have collected them since then.

Why is Tampere is the best place to live?
I spent one semester in Tampere from January to April 2015 for my current MARIHE master program and I would say that my fourth months journey there was wonderful and unforgettable. Compared to all of my previous experiences of living abroad, my time in Tampere was the best. It was mainly due to the amazing nature, awesome places in the city to explore, generous student benefits and privileges, various activities to do, and helpful local people. Moreover, Tampere offers the best quality services, such as education, healthcare, start-up consultancy, and so many other things. You will never run out of idea of what to do at Tampere.

For instance, I explored and experienced so many things that I never imagined before: stayed with the local people’s house, learned to bake a special Finnish cinnamon rolls and runaberg torte, did a culinary tour, observed Finnish education school and teaching system, experienced the -30°C weather and of course the sauna and ice swimming!!! I also had a chance to watched the ice hockey for the first time between Tappara (Tampere team) and Oulun Kärpät (Oulu team) on the finals. That was an impressive game and I am officially an ice hockey fan now! Nevertheless, the best moment was the opportunity to saw the northern lights (aurora borealis). It was so beautiful and definitely an unforgettable moment in my life. I am so grateful to lived there and experienced all these amazing moments. At last, I could say, ‘Mä Rakastan Tampere’ (I love Tampere!) and I know many people would feel the same way as I do.

Tell me about your professional activities?
I graduated from a Faculty of Education. I majored in Educational Counseling and Psychology (or Guidance and Counseling) in Indonesia for my Bachelor’s degree. Currently, I am studying an Eramus+ Joint Master Degree Program of Research and Innovation in Higher Education or MARIHE (for further information: www.marihe.eu). At the moment, I am also an intern at the Staff Development Unit (SDU) team at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

What is your involvement in international activities?
I have been involved in many international activities and organization. The most important one is my current MARIHE master program, where I have to study at three different universities: Danube University Krems (Austria), University of Tampere (Finland), and Beijing Normal University (China). Currently, I am also the Programme Representative of MARIHE for the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association and one of the MARIHE’s social media administrator.

Through all of my experiences, I have met so many amazing people and got to learn a variety ways of life, cultures, languages and traditions. It opened my mind and have been the most valuable experience of my life

What is your mission as a Tampere – All Bright! Ambassador?
My aim is to spread the word of Tampere. Many people assume that it is a dark, cold, and it is hard to live there. I want to show them that it is not true. I think Tampere is an amazing place to live, to study (in my case), or even to work. I understand it is probably hard to adapt in the first place, especially if you come from a tropical country like me, but I want to tell them that you will get used to it in no time. And before you know it, you already enjoy all the best thing that Tampere has to offer: wonderful nature, green environment, top notch technology and start-up training, best education and healthcare system, and so many other things.

I also want to use this opportunity to promote Tampere as a great place to study to all of my networks in Indonesia. I see there is a limited number of student inflow from Indonesia, or even Southeast Asia to Finland. In that, I plan to share my experiences and all the information that I have about Tampere.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
I believe that Tampere has a great potential to be a more international city, especially as one of the best study destination and center of innovations in Europe. In order to do that, Tampere needs to be focus on creating some interesting projects/programs on those two key areas. I am optimist with Tampere’s current situation and I am looking forward to experiencing Tampere’s development in the near future.

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