Quynh Anh Vu (everybody calls her Daisy in Finland) is a second-year international business student at Xamk. She was born in a small village near Hanoi, Vietnam, and fell in love with Finland when she was only 10 years old. The biggest reason why she chose Finland as a study destination was the education system which is one of the best in the world.
I was born in a small village in the suburb of Hanoi, Vietnam. There are many old social prejudices and customs. However, since I was a little girl, my parents have encouraged me to go out to see the world and have my own voice. When I was 10 years old, I first heard about Finland and then nurtured my dream to go there one day.
The biggest reason why I chose Finland was the advanced education system and the high standards of living. As this land of lakes is a country focused on the values of equality, integrity, and openness, I feel even more motivated. I am the type of person who enjoys peace, thus Finnish picturesque nature, fresh air, and its general stability are things that literally make Finland stand out from other destinations.
Well after two years of studying in Finland, I would say that’s the best decision I’ve made so far. It totally changed my whole life and all of my experience is invaluable!
When I searched for an International Business program as a field of study in Finland on studyinfo.fi, Xamk was one of the names that appeared in the search results. I then found out more descriptions on the official Xamk website. I considered that the curriculum was appropriate and the environment was ideal, so I decided to apply.
So what has been the best part in your studies so far?
The best part of my abroad study journey is that I can accumulate certain knowledge and practical skills from the university as well as build up friendships with people all over the world. I have learned a lot from them who come from different cultures and then had an appreciation for all different perspectives. I’m grateful as my networks actually open the door wider for my future opportunities.
What about teaching – tell us little bit about that? What about practical orientation?
Teachers are always full of enthusiasm and willing to support students, even with some little things such as not knowing how to print documents or sharing with you when you get a culture shock. The teaching method is great and effective, I would say. Teaching in Xamk is focused on self-education and that method actually helps me to escape from my old ways of thinking. Teachers are always available to support you but as “mentors”. Students will not only listen to what the teacher says in class but have to work in groups, discuss and learn from peers and develop their knowledge by reflecting what they’ve gained so far. There are no certain “standard” answers. All comments and opinions are appreciated. Nobody is unfairly favored in their studies as all students are equal.
As a university of applied sciences, Xamk gives me the real practical knowledge and skills needed for my future career. Especially, I have a course called Professional Growth from the first year until graduation which directly reflects and orientates my personal plan in terms of studying, graduating and working life. I feel so lucky to be here as the university actively supports us in many ways, for example by providing potential opportunities to connect with potential companies in Finland for internship.
How does Xamk provide you with support, advice and guidance?
Xamk provides me with modern, high-quality facilities, nice corners to hang out and co-working spaces to study alone or in groups. We can always get help around and outside campus when needed. Finnish people are the kindest, I have to say. Besides, we as international community friends always take care of each other.
Do you think that your degree programme gives you the skills you need in working life? What is the best part in your programme?
Do you think that the programme gives you skills you need in working life? What is the best part in your programme?
Absolutely yes. All the courses are up-to-date, practical and give me a certain foundation in business and marketing. A great reward for studying at Xamk is that Xamk always provides potential opportunities such as Startup camp, networking, local companies, social knowledge, etc to students by way of events and online forums, for example. Comparing to other UAS, I think we have lots of ideal projects and an active environment to participate and develop. This definitely gives me an advantage when applying for a job because of not only knowledge but also my practical experience and skills gained during the time of studies.
My motivation comes from a lot of sources, such as my friends, my family and of course myself. I think self-motivation is the most important, as I’m always determined to be my own better version day after day.
What kinds of plans do you have in the near future? What are your career plans?
Becoming a senior next year, I’ll concentrate on my graduation. Following my plan, I’ll complete my second internship and thesis writing by the end of May 2021.
My all-time favorite saying is “In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.” Thus, I’m not intending to go back home right away. After graduation, I’ll spend one year as my gap-year while actively searching for a job in Finland. During that year, I’d love to explore the beautiful Nordic countries and Europe, participate in some volunteer projects, meet new people, try different types of jobs, then write down my journey experiences to memorize them, and find an answer for what I truly want.
Thank you Daisy!