Helsinki is Home! – Taylor Noelle
Blake Parrish, June 28th, 2018
This month has come and gone before my eyes and I cannot believe this is already my last blog post. We finished the trip with a weekend in Prague! A group of 12 of us left early Thursday morning in order to catch our 9am flight to the Czech Republic. We had a full weekend planned from exploring Prague’s Old Town, touring castles, a dinner cruise, and visiting the KGB Interactive museum. The most important part of this mini vacation for me was to just enjoy spending time with everyone during our last weekend. Prague was an absolutely beautiful city, but it was the people I went with that made it so memorable.
I laugh now about the reservations I had before coming on this study abroad, but at the time I was so anxious to meet the other students. I knew that no matter what I would make the best of my time here, but I did not realize how much fun and how many friendships I would form in the process. Being here made me realize that 1 month is too short, and for a few days I seriously considered going on another, and longer, study abroad. But when I really started thinking about where to go and for how long, I realized that any other study abroad would be a letdown. I would spend my time there comparing every experience to my time in Finland, and I already know that it would not live up to my expectations. So, I just need to accept that my study abroad days are over, and that I couldn’t have asked for a greater experience.
After a month of adjusting to life in Helsinki, it truly came to feel like home. With ice cream stands everywhere I turned, an H&M only blocks away from our hotel, and a pizza restaurant just downstairs, it was an easy life to get used to. Pretty much without fail, every morning consisted of a hot vanilla latte from Waynes coffee, which was just down the street from our Omena Hotel. After class concluded for the day, we always somehow ended up getting dinner together, sitting at a park, or just hanging out in someone’s room. With every day so packed with adventure, I’m not sure if I have jet lag or if it’s just plain exhaustion since returning home. All I know is that this trip wouldn’t have been near as fun without the students I was lucky enough to experience this with. Along with the fun we had, we learned so much about international business culture and how to apply it to business decisions and negotiations in the future.
I am so thankful for this experience and for the people I was able to share it with. This truly was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and Helsinki will always hold a special place in my heart.
Categories: 2018 Trip