Tea, fight on sticks and a corgi

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Interviewing supervisor

As I already wrote to me working environment is incredibly important. And the most important thing to me – is trust and respect of the supervisor.

So today I want to tell you about the leader of our research group prof. Matti Haukka. Actually in our group nobody uses “professor” talking to Matti. Only for official cases. But the atmosphere within group is so that we don’t use official titles. But let me tell you more about my supervisor.

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First of all, he doesn’t like when somebody says he’s a group leader. However, he is one of the best supervisors I ever had. Secondly, Matti is wise, honest, and always open to discussion. He is very creative and he generates new ideas for research very fast. But the best quality of my supervisor is the ability to inspire. He knows the key to every group member and knows right words to ignite back extinct sparkle of inspiration.

So I decided to stop by and ask Matti several non-scientific questions, so you would get a hint what kind of person my supervisor is.


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Where are you from and when did you become a professor?

I am from Imatra and I live in Jyväskylä around 6 years already. I became a professor in 2008 in the University of Joensuu, which now is the University of Eastern Finland.

– What was the weirdest food you have tried?

– A thousand-year egg in Taiwan. It’s berried in the ground for some time. It looks like black and transparent. It tasted exactly as an egg though.

– What are 5 important things in life?

– That’s a difficult one! Family, of course, is first. Next… Well. It’s difficult! Maybe work goes after that. I like to work. But is there anything else? I don’t have hobbies, I don’t like travelling and anything like that.  I have to, because of work though.

– How would you describe science in 3 words?

– Way to see the world.

– What’s your motto?

– Nothing is THAT important.

– What do you think is your biggest achievement?

– Family. (He was very fast answering this question)

– What advice would you give to a person who is just deciding to become a scientist?

– Be honest to what you are really interested in.

– Why did you become chemist?

– Accidentally. It just happened. It was never my goal. But I never had a certain one… It’s not unusual I think. From the daycare time kids have been asked who do they want to become. But usually they answer just something to  make adults happy. I didn’t have any strong feeling about chemistry or science in general. I liked history, biology and just some practical things. I think it’s possible to learn to like things. And if you are curious then you look deep and deeper. If you look deep enough you can find all kind of interesting stuff.  For me it just happened to be chemistry. It was just easy. I couldn’t get to study history or biology, but chemistry was easy.

– What are the best and the worst things in research?

– Well, the best is when research is rewarding. But what could be the worst thing? If you don’t learn anything. Errors are fine by me, you still can learn with that. But learning nothing – it’s boring! It’s useless.


Matti is a simple man – he doesn’t care about expensive toys, and I really like his office, because it feels very cosy and welcome in there, even though it’s an office.

I don’t know what is it: samples and books on the shells,

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or his kids photos (even the group picture is there with the sign whoosh),

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or toys around the place.

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It’s just a spirit of research you will feel the minute you step in his office.

And what is your supervisor like?

 

New begining

Sometimes there are really magical things happening in life. Bit by bit one little thing leads to other, and you end up facing something significant and beautiful. Something helping you to realize important things, so simple you’ve missed them.

Once I was inspired by a girl who made a short movie called “Procastinator”. The movie was charming and profound, even though every single person involved in its production was a hobbyist. Roxana, the girl who came up with the idea told me an interesting and simple thing: “I always wanted to make the movies, but never did. And then I realized that to make this dream real I HAVE TO TRY. That’s it. Bit by bit I was thinking about main idea, found enthusiasts to help me with the movie and finally – we’ve made it!”.

I loved that! What a simple wisdom!

So here is my beginning. I’ve always wanted to discover and describe new places and activities in Jyväskylä. I wanted to tell people what’s a foreigner life in this country. What’s great and what’s difficult. So here I am, telling the world with a friend of mine about this plan becoming real thing. We are starting our YouTube channel!

We are Finland Inspired Narratives (FIN) and we’ll tell you curious things. So sit back, relax, watch our video, subscribe and… STAY TUNED!

 

Breathtaking adventure at Laajavuori

The more I live in Jyvaskyla the more I feel it is a perfect city for me to live in.

I can always find something new and exciting about it. For example, last weekend me and my hubby decided to try amazing Laajavuori adventure rope park.

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First of all, I’ll talk about price. Finland is pretty expensive country to live in, but price at the adventure park is relatively good. It is 25 euros as participation fee and 3 euros for special gloves.

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After you pay a fee and get “dressed”, an instructor will tell you what to do (and not to do) at the rope park. Instructor speaks English, so there will be no problems in understanding for foreigners. And after the instruction we were allowed to try the real adventure park.

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And it was SOOOOOO cool!

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The park is full of different tracks with different difficulty levels, so it will be fun for everyone. In our case we spend 2 hours to try 4 different tracks. And we totally enjoyed it.

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So if you want to try something extreme in Jyvaskyla – this park is a great place to visit!

I hate fights, but sometimes I’m fighting to death

No, no, no. It’s not what you’ve thought. I’m not a member of unofficial fight club in Jyvaskyla, but I’m a player of Magic The Gathering (MTG) card fights.

This game was introduced to me by a friend of mine – Joona. Joona is a big fan of board games, so once he suggested to play MTG, and a month afterwards I was awaken at MTG Prerelease tournament. And I want to show you a bit of the MTG gamers world.

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