My name is Ishmael Kweku Forson and I come from Ghana. Currently, I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Learning, Education and Technology (LET) at the University of Oulu, Finland. I have always dreamt of becoming an educationist as well as an expert in virtual technology enhanced learning. The University of Oulu offered nothing less but just exactly what I was looking for from a degree programme.
I arrived in Oulu on a September night at around 2 am. It was my first time in Europe. As the temperature was about 6 degree Celcius, I must admit that, as someone coming from a country with an average temperature of about 28 degree Celsius, I really did feel the cold (that I had been wanting to feel, too, and had mentally prepared myself for).
During my very first day on the Linnanmaa campus, it was amazing to see how the registration procedures were complete in less than an hour. During the first days, my student tutor (‘kummi’) helped me a lot by explaining the university system and other academic matters. Adapting to the system has been a bit challenging.
So far, my experiences here range from the food, weather, language to teaching and learning methods. I have especially become to like collaborative learning. As part of the curriculum, I am taking a Finnish course, “Survival Finnish”. I strongly believe that by end of the course I will be able to understand basics of the Finnish language to communicate effectively. And as for the surrounding, I am fond of the nature and cannot stop marveling that there are forests in the heart of the city.
These are but a few examples of my experiences at the University of Oulu. I see my time here as a stepping stone to reach my goals in life, and I cannot wait to gain more experiences!
Last updated: 7.12.2017