Students of Aalto – Zina from Argentina, Design Program

In this series – Students of Aalto, we share study experience and student life at Aalto.

Aalto Squad member – Zina Marpegan

Hi! Nice to meet you! I’m Zina, a second year in the English Bachelors Programme in Design and Squad member. I’m from Argentina, lived there most of my life except for the five years I spent in Missouri, USA. I’m also a French citizen but I haven’t lived in France yet.

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Magnificent Life, a life worth living indeed

Sometimes I wonder if there would be anyone who wouldn’t want to live a magnificent life. Perhaps it’s true, we would all want to live such a life, and yet we content ourselves to living the simple life instead. Why is that the case? This was the question I pondered over during one of my electives from philosophy, a course called Magnificent Life, by no other than the philosopher, Esa Saarinen, himself.

However, before I go into my experience from that course, I would like to mention a unique aspect of Aalto University, which actually pushed me to apply and accept a place in this university. It was this degree of flexibility in choosing courses, even when one would belong to a particular degree or program. Of course, there are mandatory courses, but alongside those, there is freedom in choosing whichever courses you would like, even from diverse fields like philosophy or arts. As an example; I am a Strategy major, with minor in Global Innovation Program and electives from Philosophy, a unique combination which I couldn’t have found anywhere else in Europe.

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FAQs for new Aalto students Part 2 (updated in April 2020)

Congratulations and Welcome to Aalto University!
Here are some frequently asked questions.

Please see all up to date information on admissions and the beginning of your studies on Aalto’s website (aalto.fi) or by contacting Aalto’s Admissions Services (admissions (at) aalto.fi) or your programme’s student services.


♠INFO ABOUT CORONAVIRUS 

How is the Corona virus affecting the contact teaching in Aalto University? Will the Fall semester 2020 be delayed? What if I cannot get a residence permit on time?

  • Aalto University follows instructions from the government of Finland. At the moment, there is no plan in delaying the coming academic year because of the pandemia. The University will let all accepted students know if anything changes. Here is all the up to date information about the Coronavirus and what happens in Aalo regarding it.
  • Please check Migri´s website for the most current updates and contact your program study coordinator at Aalto to make arrangements in case your residence permit is late.

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Interview with ayy – Aalto Student Union

AYY (Aalto-yliopiston ylioppilaskunta) is Aalto University’s Student Union, which represents around 14000 students. In the interview, Tapio Hautamäki (Chair of the Borad) and Rosa Väisänen (Specialist of international affairs and sustainability) introduce AYY about its services for student members, major events every year, supports for new Aalto students and so on.

AYY’s goal is to enable the best student’s life in the world for its members by promoting wellbeing and developing the teaching at Aalto University.

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Wave Ventures – the first student-run VC fund in the Nordics.

CEO Oskari Tempakka and Investment Manager Julia Jutila (Aalto master student studying Industrial Engineering and Management) introduce wave ventures and how it helps early-stage startups to reach their first peak. In the end of the interviews, both of them give advice to new Aalto students who are interested in entrepreneurship.

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All about Creative Sustainability – Interview with program director Mikko Jalas

Master program of Creative Sustainability (CS) is an international joint program. Program Director Mikko Jalas introduces the program in two interview videos. In the first video, he explains why Creative Sustainability is an unique program, how the multidisciplinary teamwork prepares students for their future professional lives, what to expect the outcomes of studying CS program, and how CS and Aalto university support individual study plan.

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Motivation brings you the wanted results

The importance of the Finnish matriculation examination has increased, because of the quota for first-time applicants. For many, entrance exams are another option to get a degree place in a university. Still, there are a limited number of places available and competition is hard when trying to get into the best universities.

Motivation is in a key role when you are trying to succeed in exams. You can find plenty of information about how to prepare for the matriculation examinations or entrance exams from the internet, but those things come as second on the list. I think nothing is more important than inner motivation, which gives you the energy to work hard and achieve your dream degree place.

Here are three points, which I thought were the best to find my motivation when applying to Aalto University. Disclaimer; These may not work for everyone, but at least I hope it will give you some ideas on how to find your own motivation.

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Make Friends for Life. Change the Game.

“I was warned that Finland is cold and people hard to make friends with. First one was true, but the second one – not at all. Finns just have their own way to open up. In the end, they will build an authentic relationship with you.”

– Manuel Barrantes, Friend of Finns & Creative Sustainability student

Get more than a degree at Aalto University. Application for Master’s programmes 3 Dec 2018–11 Jan 2019 and for English Bachelor’s programmes 9–23 Jan 2019. Find your own programme and apply.

 

Master’s studies as the bridge to working life

Especially after spending time in the corporate world in between studies, it is easy to start prefering it over academia. Although student life has its advantages, sometimes the corporate world simply seems to provide more challenges to tackle in a concrete way every single day. This is one of the reasons I opted for the dual degree combining the CEMS MIM with another Master’s program from Aalto University School of Business.

In short, the CEMS MIM program builds a bridge between university education and working life. The curriculum offers multiple elements where students are provided with the opportunity to work together with corporate and social partners on real-life business challenges.

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