Whenever I meet someone I prepare myself for this question. Every. Single. Time. That’s okay, they want to know and I guess my story is kind of unique.
There are some of the usual elements thrown in (love, work, studies) that brought me here, but let’s go back to the beginning.
When I started my bachelor’s degree I was required to take a foreign language. Because my orientation date was so late in the summer, the only classes available were Swedish and Russian. In retrospect, it would be great to know Swedish but I may not have ended up where I am today. Also, so many people speak Russian I thought it might come in handy.
So, I started studying Russian. Then I did an exchange in St. Petersburg, which I LOVED. After I graduated I moved back to Russia (I had a boyfriend there at the time) and lived there for three years. After unsuccessfully trying to find a job in my field, a friend of mine who worked at the Finnish Consulate suggested I move to Finland to get my master’s degree.
I hadn’t planned on post-graduate studies, but hey, it’s FREE (at least at the time) in Finland and they even PAID ME a monthly living stipend. I couldn’t say no.
In August of 2013 I moved to Lappeenranta to study International Marketing Management at LUT. I loved those two years, and I couldn’t have asked for a better student life experience than what I got in this small town in Eastern Finland (more on this later!).
Fast forward to 2015 and I got my first job in Helsinki. Now, I’m on my fourth. It’s been a series of unexpected, sometimes difficult but in the end, invaluable, events. I hope this sets up a nice background for everything I write in the future.
And so, the journey continues!