Eight Days a Week – Intensive week in Tampere

My studies began with intensive week in Tampere at the beginning of September. Week was really quite intense. So many things, so little time… Our group is really international and it was great to get to know new people around the world: Australia, Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Poland, Thailand, UAE,  UK and USA. (Hopefully I remembered you all!)

Five magnificent days full of studying and free time activities. What an experience! I have to admit that when I returned home my mind was full of miscellaneous thoughts. What have I put myself into? Is this really what I want to do? But when I told my friends about the week I understood that I praised my fellow students, teachers and team spirit so much that this is really what I want to do.

So far I’ve noticed that the hardest part is to find out what tasks we have to do and what are the deadlines for each of them. Challenge of distance studies is not how you find time to do everything you need but the fact that all tasks and information you need is in bits and pieces. I’m glad I also happen to like putting jigsaw puzzles together. It is fun as long as you haven’t misplaced any pieces. After intensive week I though I have probably mixed pieces of two different puzzles since it was so difficult to see the whole picture. A calendar in learning environment showing all the deadlines could make difference.

Here I go again…

There´s a lady who´s sure all knowledge is gold… That sentence tells pretty much why I’m studying once again.

Back in high school, I was bored with studying. It was not  very motivating to listen to lectures for hours and hours. The worst thing was that there was nothing to do to speed up your graduation. Luckily, nowadays it’s far easier to influence on the duration of your studies.

After matriculation examination, I worked as a journalist for couple of years. I had started writing articles when I was 15 so it was quite easy to get a job. After few years, I thought it would be nice to study again but even the thought of sitting in a lecture hall made me nauseous. What could I do? One day I saw an advertisement of MTi degree in Markkinointi-Instituutti. When I started to study, I knew that distance learning is my kind of thing!

Give him an inch and he’ll take a yard…  After MTi I’ve studied my Bachelor’s Degree, Marketing Communications (vocational degree) and now I’ve started my studies in Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. All this with a full time job. I have been asked how it is possible and how I manage to do that. The point is that I love to study as long as I don´t have to sit and listen to a lecture after another. When I can study where ever and whenever I wish, I just love it!!

Please join my journey, maybe you will learn something too 🙂