Student Story - Marika Shemeikka
Home country: Finland
What are you currently doing: preparing to apply to study Psychology
How did you find out about TAMK and what made you choose it for your studies?
When I was in high school, I looked for options to study Fine Art. A couple of my friends studied in the Culture department at TAMK and they said good things about the place. Mainly, I decided to apply because of that and the location of the school.
What did you like most about Tampere and Finland?
Tampere is a really nice city that is not too large, nor too small. In the city centre, you can basically walk or bike everywhere and if not, public transport is a good option. Whether you like clubbing, museums or nature there are options for everyone. In my opinion, summers in Tampere are awesome, because the city is full of life, people sit on terraces and in parks and if you like, you can go for a swim in a lake.
Because I have spent my entire life in Finland, I might be a bit disqualified to say what is best about Finland but I do like the honesty and straightforwardness of the people, all the beautiful historical places and the diversity of the nature.
In what ways have your studies contributed to your professional and personal life?
My studies with TAMK taught me how to improve critical thinking and work in groups. I grew up to be more independent. I met many people and got the courage to go and study abroad for a while. During my studies, I met lots of new and interesting people, and I learnt about art in general and how to create contemporary art.
How has TAMK supported your needs as a student?
TAMK has a good supporting system. Teachers and staff are easy to approach in any matter, for example if there is some kind of problem with computers or with some kind of school project. It is also effortless to get health care. TAMK provided almost all our art tools and other equipment, which was a huge benefit.
What would you say to anyone considering studying at TAMK?
If you find something you really want to study and it's within their degree programmes, I do not see a reason why not.
This story was written in April 2016.
Note: Nowadays, Fine Art is a study path within the Media programme in Finnish.