Happy October 1st!
Yes, it really is a happy day. September has been an awesome month, we’ve had some beautiful sunny weather these past few days and good things are coming.
The month started with me coming down with a stupid cold. Even though it didn’t last very long, by the end of it I was bored to death of lying in bed, watching so many movies that my brain was reduced to mush.
The good part was getting those movies checked off my list. I always keep a list of movies and series people recommend to me, but it seems to only get longer and longer.
What I watched on my sick days:
- Nocturnal Animals
- Countless Youtube videos
When I finally got better I had fresh motivation. It’s amazing how much you can get done when you’re not weak with barely enough energy to reply to a text. Yet, I usually procrastinate until the last minute because I “don’t feel like working”.
Well, I was done with being lazy and it was time to get started with my studies for this fall.
This month I’ve taken a literature course in Marketing Strategy and Innovation, which consists of reading 40 scientific articles and then sitting an exam. I created a 4-week studying schedule. Week 1 and 2 had 10 articles each, Week 3 had 20 articles and Week 4, which is this week, has been revision week.
I’ve never taken a course like this before. With this much reading and no scheduled lectures or seminars, the responsibility was all mine to stay motivated and disciplined.
I’m amazed that I actually managed to stick to my plan and not leave it to the last minute. But putting a detailed plan down on paper really helped, so I should plan my studies like this more often.
Now it’s almost over – the exam is in a couple of days. Fingers crossed it will go well.
The other course I’m taking is much more exciting. It involves working on projects for major international companies, and we have a great team of girls. It’s been nice working with new people. Group work is in some ways more challenging than working alone, but I learn more from having to take into account other people’s opinions.
As opposed to traditional courses, working with real companies means interesting and up to date content. Also, the stakes are higher, so I push myself more.
All in all, I’ve spent plenty of time in the library with Melodrama on repeat. I can feel all the screen time this month as I have a serious case of dry eyes, so I’m glad that the reading course will be over.
In other news, ruska has arrived in Helsinki. Ruska is a Finnish word for
- All of the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves; red, yellow, orange, brown…
- The time itself around when the leaves change
One of the most gorgeous places to see Helsinki’s ruska is Töölönlahti. I take it in every day through the tram windows – the 19th-century wooden villas, the vibrant colors reflected in the water.
September is always a non-stop celebration of family birthdays and cake binges, and this year has been no different. Luckily, I’ve completed lots of workouts, so that balances it. I’ve also spent more time than usual hanging out with friends, trying out new restaurants and cafés.
Last Tuesday I saw mother! with a friend. I always want to see the movie that has something I’ve never seen before, so this one was a good choice.
As per usual, Jennifer Lawrence didn’t disappoint. Yet, I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed, because I had expected to be completely, utterly mind-blown and traumatized by the craziness. Still, it was a cool Tuesday afternoon.
There have been several foggy mornings in Helsinki lately. One morning I woke to find my windows all white:
I’m involved with a nonprofit organization that has a cause I’m passionate about. During August and September, I was worried that this was the thing I probably shouldn’t have taken on, that it would all be too much.
But as it turns out, the extracurricular stuff I’m doing at uni has been much lighter than I expected. On top of that, I managed to get my first big break with the organization without much effort at all. I can’t wait to see where that goes.
One of the biggest highlights of the month was a speech by Arman Alizad at my uni. He told us the story of his life and encouraged us to go after our dreams.
Before, I had known little about him. I hadn’t realized how unlikely his success was, both in Finland and the rest of the world. He arrived in Finland as a little Iranian boy, with no friends and not knowing a word of Finnish. Yet his biggest challenge was when he realized his dream of creating a unique TV show, and being told no by virtually everyone.
Of course, he didn’t give up and the rest is history.
So that’s how life has been going lately.
Today is the start of October, my favorite month of the year.
I’ve made some last minute travel plans and I can’t wait to get out of the country. It’s been too long.
I want this month to be about learning and doing new things. I’ve been stuck in a rut lately in terms of doing things the same way, because I know what works for me. It’s great for getting routine stuff done. But It’s not so great because it isn’t very exciting or inspiring.
I’ll tell you how this went next time!