Wed, Aug 29, 2012
Iina is a 22 year old law student, who is about to begin her fifth year at the University of Lapland. Studying in Rovaniemi was a natural choice for her, because she did not want to move to Southern Finland, coming herself from Taivalkoski. She has been happy with her choice of applying to University of Lapland, because it is a quite small university with very high quality tuition. She says that the advantages of a smaller University is that it is a lot easier to get acquainted with people and even the professors and lecturers are easy to approach. In addition she has the possibility to concentrate on Northern issues.
She says; “I’m interested in Arctic issues, especially in Sami matters. I did my bachelor thesis on Sami rights. I went on for exchange to Murmansk, and there with a suggestion from my lecturer, I participated in Skolt Sami seminar, where I got subject for my Master’s thesis. In my thesis I will research the status of Sami people in Finland and in Russia, how does the legislation diverge from each other.”
During her exchange, Iina visited Lovozera, which she said was very interesting, seeing a Sami area in Russia. The exchange changed her life in many ways. As the only exchange student, she got a possibility of getting acquainted with Russian everyday life, which was mind opening for her.
Iina has a wish of being able to stay up in the North in the future, and work with Arctic issues. She is also taking russian courses, which was also the reason she chose to go on an exchange to Murmansk. She says that since there are a lot of Russian people in the North, she would wish to be able to work with them, since now almost all of the russian language law services are offered in Southern Finland.
As an ending she would like to say: “I would like to courage others to follow their dreams. Especially my stay in Murmansk taught me that I’m able to do anything. So have the courage to express oneself, even though your plan might seem crazy to some.”