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Things to be learnt at the Arctic – survival skills or urban thrills?

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Imagine it. At one moment, you’re being rippled by a piercing polar breeze, the next you’re cuddled by the delicate dusk of a nightless night. In Lapland, these whopping extremes sure demand some imaginative means. So, what have our international students learnt during their time in Lapland? What was it that put the zen to the zenith of their stay?

Imagine it. At one moment, you’re being rippled by a piercing polar breeze, the next you’re cuddled by the delicate dusk of a nightless night. In Lapland, these whopping extremes sure demand some imaginative means. So, what have our international students learnt during their time in Lapland? What was it that put the zen to the zenith of their stay?

1.                      Detecting blind spots, deciphering backgrounds. As our student Yingke put it, we all have blind spots rooting from the background we come from. In the international atmosphere of Lapland, Yingke found himself ruminating on opinions, perspectives and life stories previously unknown, his imagination buzzing well beyond blind bias.

2.                      Solitude, sass and self-confidence. For Tess, Lapland became an icy icon for independence. Having moved to Lapland straight out of her parental home in the Netherlands, Tess found her city wit evolving into some unflinching grit.

3.                      Travel, tingle and tranquility. Lapland’s spectre of experiences ranges from the vibrantly urban all the way to the tenderly natural. A lesson most praised by our students: learning a composed coexistance with the wilderness.

4.                      Academics, athletics and aesthetics. Skiing, bodybuilding, ice swimming – you name it, our students seem to have done it. The flexible system of studying has provided skills in trimming ones academic talent according to intrinsic interests; the surrounding nature has taught to admire the allures of the untamed.

5.                      The dozens of other deluxes of distance. Going far in order to see close – sometimes a bit of distance is what we need to truly feel at home. Or, as Ivan puts it: ”When I came here, I kind of found this new, you know, me. Revealed a new personality, to some extent.”

6. Skills and thrills, handled with persistant chill and will – this seems to be what our international students learnt in Lapland. Perhaps there’s an electric epiphany awaiting you at the Arctic? Imagine it – and come experience the sixth lesson yourself.

 

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