The craziest experiences always make the most unforgettable memories
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Niko: I’m Nikola Smiljanic from the Faculty of Business. And this is Pablo Ruiz from the Faculty of Technology. We are both exchange students in Lahti UAS since spring 2015.
Why did you choose Finland?
Niko: I met some very nice Finnish friends back in Germany and from what I learn from them I really wanted to have a chance to experience this country.
Pablo: For me it’s simply because I wanted to experience a new and better educational system.
Can you share with us one of the best experiences that you had during your time in Finland?
Niko: It was the Baltic trip to Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. We did not go to Lapland with other students because the price was unfortunately a bit too high for us. So we decided to do something different together. We wanted to see more countries, more cities, and it was a really nice experience. At least it was the first time I traveled like that.
Pablo: During the trip we had so many crazy experiences. From partying like crazy animals and feeling like we’re all dead right before the trip , to getting to the wrong harbor, rushing to the right one in chaos and being almost late for the cruise. It’s so true that the craziest experiences always make the most unforgettable memories.
I have been asking people what like the most about Finland, but let’s go with something different this time: What don’t you like the most during your time here?
Pablo: The alcohol prices!!! *laugh* But seriously, when I went to the shop for the first time, it was like a scary movie and I was like: “What’s happening here?!” And it’s also very funny how I always ran into problems with the bus drivers. It’s either being missed by the bus, or being forced to speak Finnish in a very awkward situation, or being completely forgotten by a bus driver who was dropping me at the very last bus stop outside of the city instead of the police station. I just can’t help laughing to myself thinking of those experiences every now and then.
Niko: For me it’s very hard to say. I really love everything here. The only one thing that I would like to point out is that the teachers here are always too nice and polite to us. I mean, the teachers are all very friendly and helpful and they’re very good in their own expertise. But the problem is they don’t really tell us the real feedbacks, most of the time only the positive ones and it’s hard to know what I was really doing wrong. I find it kind of discourages me from improving and being well-prepared for the classes. But other than that, everything here in Lahti is amazing.
And what would you miss the most?
Niko: The silence, the calmness, the nature and the real winter. I was very happy that I finally have a proper winter here in Finland with real snow and real frost.
Pablo: It’s the people and the good way of life, you know, all living in the same building, gathering together, cooking, sharing and stealing each other’s food, hanging out, doing stupid things, having fun together… Those are the experiences that I would never forget.