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Tampere Ambassador: Hansol Shin

Where are you from?

South Korea

What would you like to tell about yourself?

I’m Korean, have bachelor degrees from Korea, and am eager to move to Tampere in the near future! I was in Tampere for 8 months including an exchange student program and internship, and I fell in love with this city.

What makes Tampere special for you?

I spent my whole life in South Korea before I came to Tampere in 2016 spring semester as an exchange student and for an internship. Those times made me look my life totally different. As Korean, I had lived only busy and fast life in really big cities, and I thought I was happy even though it was exhausted. However, Tampere is a city with innovative people but relaxing at the same time. After working hard, people go home after 4pm, have a good time with their family, go to walk dogs in forests or go to walk to the lakes, etc. I learned how to chill and relax and those times are the ones that make the next step more productive. I realised the moment I am the happiest is while having enough time to think about myself as well.

Tell about your professional activities?

I’m majored in Chemistry, and Media. They are totally different majors but I can’t help but loving both of them. Especially, I’m really into making social media contents nowadays. I have my own Youtube channel ‘SoulofSol’, manage several Facebook pages, and upload my contents there. The internship I had in Tampere was also making video contents for orientation for TAMK. I’d love to get a job in Tampere related to my interest!

What is your involvement in international activities?

I love to experience other cultures as well as introduce Korean culture to others. That’s why I have ‘How to Live in Korea’ Facebook page, and doing my youtube channel in English. I joined ‘ESN-fint Korean Class’, when I was in Tampere and have been a leader of the group in the summer time. I joined ‘Youtubers in Korea’ group to network with foreign youtubers in Korea, being friends and making contents together with them.

What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador?

Make this city more noticed globally by my contents.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?

This city is truly attractive to international people and already got many of them. I believe this city will be the most innovative and international city in Finland.

Hansol Shin