Megha-Goswami, UTU ambassador, student ambassador, University of Turku

SMALL DECISIONS, BIG IMPACT: How I ended up in Finland..

Do you ever realize how that one decision changed everything? It changed where you are, it changed some of the people in your life, it changed how you look at things, and in some ways, it changed you.

I’m sure we can all think of one or two such decisions that we took. For some people it was backpacking trip through Europe for six months and meeting people from all over the world. For some, it’s that one first date that never ended. When you think about it, it’s funny how incredibly important some of these decisions turn out to be. You may be a believer of destiny and kismet, or you may think that it’s all hogwash; either way our decisions carve our paths. Today I want to share with you my “one decision”.Since you’re reading this post you probably know by now that I am an UTU blogger. I’m also an UTU ambassador and a master’s student here at the University of Turku. I’m Megha from India and I’ve been in Finland for a bit less than six months. So how did someone from the land of elephants (no, we don’t go to school on the back of elephants) and the Taj Mahal end up in the land of saunas and salmiakki? As you’ve guessed, it was my decision to come to Finland for my masters.

One year ago, from today, I was battling with writing my Bachelors’ thesis and applying to schools for master’s programs. I was a nervous wreck because it was all happening faster than I could comprehend. I was also edging towards a crossroad, which made me kind of happy and extremely nervous. The months that followed were a roller coaster of events and emotions including graduating from my Bachelor’s. As I started to receive letters of acceptance from various universities, I was faced with my decision. I’ve always admired those who have known from the beginning which course they want to study and at which exact University. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them. I had pinned universities all over the globe based on programs I found interesting. So how do you narrow it down to which one is the best for you?
Over the next few weeks, I really had to do my homework. Just a few of the things I pondered on- How is the program structure? How are the faculty at the Department? How much is this degree going to cost me? What are the job prospects of this degree? What are my expectations from the country that I plan to go to?

After countless hours of weighing the odds against each other, my head and heart chose Master’s Degree Program in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics at the University of Turku in Turku, Finland. Why so?  Finland is one of the best places to be in, in terms of opportunities in Biotechnology and otherwise. The infrastructure and the standard of research here is truly commendable. Uni. Turku also has great scholarships for its students. Stay tuned for future blogs because “Why UTU” isn’t something I can answer in a single blog.

I can’t speak for other students, but I’m darn happy that I decided on UTU. A few decisions go a long way, this one was one of them. How long before you stop wondering and start applying?
Till next time,