"Today, I want to thank Tampere, my second home" - Tampere – All Bright! Magazine
Hello everyone, my name is Lishan Wu and I am from Taishan City, Guangdong Province, China. I studied Environmental Engineering as my major at Tampere University of Applied Science and graduated as bachelor of engineer in October 2014. In September 2015, I continue my graduate study, master degree in Industrial Engineering and Management at Tampere University of Technology.
This year I become a new student again, seeing new students with shyness and curiosity, I couldn’t help thinking of myself back to four years ago. On the first school day, the first question I was asked was “where are you from, why do you choose environmental engineering as your major?” I still remember that I was both excited and nervous, answering the questions in an extremely brief way: "I am from China, I choose to study environmental engineering because I wanted to make the world a better place." This year, on the first school day, I was calm and confident, and my goal in life is clearer, my next five-year goal is to enter Finnish international clean-tech company to help develop the Chinese and Asian markets.
Compared with Chinese schools, the management policies of Finnish schools are more open, with more advanced software and hardware facilities. In Finland, students have bigger right to arrange their courses, and they can arrange the curriculum according to their own plans. Under such circumstances, students have to create their own learning plan individually, and take full responsibility for their own studies. I think it is a good way to rise students’ awareness.
In addition to be self-motivated at study, I think actively participate in various extracurricular activities and projects is a must. Fun and crazy parties help new students get more involved into Finnish culture. Joining professional-related projects and volunteer activities can not only help improve the theoretical ability but also can help develop networking skills. While having active integration into Finnish culture, we should not ignore our Chinese culture, on the contrary, we should be the bridge of Finnish and Chinese intercultural communication. Finally, I think learning Finnish is a great benefit if you are intending to stay in Finland, as this helps you interact in a Finnish business environment.
Being a student in Finland is such a wonderful thing, it is always ready to challenge you and support you in any way. My student life in Finland not only gives me chances to open my mind but also provides me a valuable stage to play. Today, I would like to thank Finland sincerely, and also, I want to thank Tampere, my second home.
This article was first published in the Tampere AllBright Magazine's blog which presents posts from people who feel love for Tampere and want other people to know what a fantastic place to live, work and study Tampere Region is.
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