We all know about the time in Tuusula, we all remember the sauna moments, or Liisa`s party, or the first Nordic Circle, the mornings when the kitchen was crowded..even the Sundays when we all went shopping for food (oh food, glorious food!), the trip to Suomenlinna, singing and drinking in the street or walking in the night back to the hostel. This first month was not so much trainings but US in the cabin.
Teaching in Helsinki.. was risky. You knew you have so many other activities, so many other places to see, so many nights to work. Now, I feel like home. All the streets, the buildings, even the bus drivers seem familiar.
5 schools. I met all kind of students (and teachers as well*). After a time, their normal became my normal. If there was silence in the class- I could manage it (impossibru, right?). And the best kind of silence is the silence after a video, the moment when the lesson is other but the students are still there- in silence, still watching at the black screen.
If to think about the time here, there are several images in my head: starting with the housewarming party on a Sunday, the last roads to the school, the mornings with aerobics (hell no, not mine ),.. cooking with our students, some unforgettable sessions (the self-awareness one at Olarin, the globalization 2 at Apollon, human rights at Itakeskus and the Peace Day at the European School), hockey game, theatre, HUB talks, running after the bus (like all the time)..ending up with the first long-lasting snow, the NSS experience, the most emotional moment- the closing event,.. there might be some moments of “oh nice dog, can I play with it?” or “hey peacock, here`s a cookie!” and AIESEC- a lot of AIESEC (HY, Cluj-Napoca, MC Finland, Norwey, Sweeden, Denmark, AI..)..
There are a lot of things I experienced here. A lot of new Dana`s I discovered or protected. I`m pretty sure everybody has the image of an always-smiling me and that`s confusing. I always felt like people miss the courage, the courage to DARE for MORE. For a moment, before accepting the internship – the opportunity to come here and meet all these great people – I missed the courage as well. BUT I had people to push me.
My time here was about making my own experience and sharing it with the students andYOU. Surround yourself with people to lift you up/push your limits. Good or bad, fun or sad- it was worth it