Work experience

I had the immense pleasure to be working as a language teacher last week. It was a great change to my regular student life, although it did add to my already ginormous workload. However, I got so much out of it, I am glad I did end up going for it.

Same place, different role

So I was working as a language teacher at an exchange student camp. The exchange students arrive to the camp for a week, before continuing to their host-families. The idea is to get them accustomed to the time-difference, new culture, and new language.

Now, I’d been at the camp many times before, but as a tutor. My role then was to aid the language teacher during the lessons, as well as follow the exchange students to their other activities and excursions, leading them in outdoor activities and overall acting as their older sibling and guide for the week.

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A closer look

The last two weeks have flown by fairly fast, with life taking over. I’ve fallen to a pretty steady routine, the days going by being busy at prac. Come evening, I’m usually too exhausted to do much. Over the past week or so, we’ve also been able to enjoy some very nice and warm weather, though it does add to the exhaustion.

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One of the things I’ve been most stressed about is the language barrier. Even though in Finland we learn Swedish at school, it’s not the same thing. The dialects and way’s of pronunciation are so different, it has taken some time to grow used to listening to the way locals speak. Furthermore, my language skills in Swedish were never good, and I’m missing a lot of vocabulary. Continue reading “A closer look”

Violence is never the answer

One of the recent incidents in USA has not only greatly affected those involved, but is raising questions and discussions all over the world. I am, of course, talking about the mass school shooting in Florida on February 14th.

What I find alarming that this year alone, there have already been 17 or 18 gun incidents at schools in the US. That’s about two incidents per week. According to CNN, eight of these incidents resulted in victims dead or injured (not including the shooter). The discussions mainly revolve around firearm legislation.

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