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More independent than ever before (Trinity)
My summer in Finland is something I would never change for all the money in the world. It was a transformative experience and privilege. I am so grateful for this trip!
PerhoThe first night here I had to stay in a hotel with another student because my host family was so far north of Helsinki, in Perho. The next day I woke up for a 6 hour bus ride not sure what to expect or what my family would be like.
After hours in a strange bus where I wasn’t sure if anyone spoke English I arrived. The first thing I did after that was hug my host mom and for the coming months she would develop more into a second mother.
LenniWhen I got to Perho two of my host brother were very shy and they knew little English but my 4 year old host brother, Lenni, instantly became my best friend. He was such a sweet kid who loved to play tractors with me, watch Moana, and teach me Finnish as well as learn English.
He showed me that language is not an unbreakable barrier but just an obstacle in my way. He was one of the most essential parts of this trip and I will miss him so much.
AdversitiesOne issue I faced in the beginning of the summer was the fact that I was so far away from my friends. When I would see on social media that they would all be together I would become sad or jealous.
Feeling that the first week taught me I need to be content with me and the position I was in. Once I learned how to not worry about anyone else I had a blast.
Another adversity I faced was being seemingly the only minority in a very rural town. Whenever I’d go anywhere with my host family there would always be people staring at me and I felt like I didn’t belong in Perho if I left my host families house.
This taught me to put myself in the people’s shoes and helped me to understand why they were staring instead of judging them.
Second FamilyOn July 29th me and another exchange student took the train to our second host family. It was such a long train ride then I had to switch trains in Tampere. I was so proud of myself because I don’t ever use trains or any sort of public transport in America.
I really liked my second host family and it was very nice to have host sisters who speak English. My host mom was very welcoming and it was lovely playing games with my host sisters.
HelsinkiHelsinki was one of the favorite parts of the trip. I loved taking the train and feeling more independent than ever before. The city was so beautiful and clean and I loved being with all my friends that I hadn’t seen in forever. The people I met and the places I’ve seen were amazing and so useful I loved everything and if I could choose I wouldn’t leave.
Text and pictures: Trinity Rossiter