First notes of SSIHP

Hello all blog readers!

I’m Mika M√§ntykangas (or Maentykangas, as my visa papers indicate here!) and one of those proud Aalto students who participate the SSIHP (Stanford Summer International Honours Program) this summer in Stanford, California, USA. I’m studying bioinformation technology in Aalto, but my course choices for the summer are a bit more diverse. I’m 22 years old and I have lived whole my university time on Otaniemi campus area. In Aalto University, I’ve conducted three years of studies and done all the courses for my Bachelor’s Degree including the thesis – there is actually only some paperwork to be done.

The summer session here in Stanford has been a great experience so far, and looking at the timetable on the wall of our residence, it’ll be it through the summer. There are plenty of extracurricular activities available. Some of my classes are yet to begin but the enthusiasm the lecturers are already showing is evident.

Before arriving in Stanford I spent five full days in San Francisco. Wandering around the tip of the Frisco peninsula surveying the city was one of the greatest experiences of my lifetime. The diversity of SF is so vast that there should be something for everyone.

I’d like to post a blog post online about once a week, but it will strongly depend on the schedule. Since pictures are always more informative, interesting and they tell a reader a thousand words, I assume that I’ll be posting pictures and tell a bit what would be behind the scene.

Let the first picture be a photo of a fountain (there is quite a bunch of those!) and campus’ biggest library, called Green Library, behind it. Further away a Hoover Tower is visible. I must add that Green Library contains the most mind blowing amount of books I have ever seen in my life!

Feel free to post comments on the blog posts or to one of my mail addresses. I’m reachable from addresses mantym (miumau) stanford (dot) edu or from my typically formatted Aalto-email. If you are sending me email later (for example when next year’s SSIHP students are being chosen, if any), the latter is recommended.

-mika