Hi, I’m Maria, lthough I’m not a full-blooded Finn and because of this it’s hard for me to approach this blog post, I decided to write about student life in Finland.
In universities, we see very strongly the use of different-colored overalls on which we sew different badges. They can be found at various student events, companies, bars, clubs and subject organizations, as well as bought online, and you can also produce your own signs.
The most important and awaited celebration for students is Vappu! It is customary that the previous week or even the entire previous month before May 1st is celebrated with various smaller to larger student events organized by clubs and subject organizations.
I dreamed about this event myself since I was a child. Because no one in my family previously had a higher education in Finland. The understanding of what May Day is hasn’t really opened up for me yet. But for it’s like eating Tippaleipä, sit all day in the park, drink Sima with your own cap on, and buy the coolest May Day balloon.
I would summarize Finnishness in three adjectives guts, calmness and sense of purpose. Also for me, the first things that come to mind about being Finnish in general are nature, sauna and snow.