Monday, September 6, 2010

To Finland

So after many days of packing and unpacking, I finally made it to the airport and my destination. I woke up at 3:30 in the morning to catch my flight. Everything was going good. My passport was in my hand. I had my resident permit newly placed in it. All of my documents were copied so that I had a copy and my mom had a copy so if anything should happen I would have proof of citizenship. My acceptance letter was filed away in my book bag for customs along with my laptop for the plane.

Pretty soon I was in New York and wondering "why am I here?" Well I said to myself, "It's too late to turn back now." When it was time to leave I basically wanted to cry my way across the ocean. I literally had this guy laying on top of me the whole way to Finland and everyone was acting very cold and pushy. Pretty soon I found that was just normal Finnish behavior toward strangers. The whole trip was basically very awkward.

When I made it to Oulu, I was sooooo tttttiiiiiireeeeeed that I just wanted to sit in baggage claim and sleep. But I found the illustrious bus 19 that I was suppose to ride to my apartment just sitting there. However getting on the bus was a different matter. I had two very heavy duffel bags and a driver who didn't speak any English. Let's just say it was a miracle that I got on the bus with my bags and a receipt in my hand. My ability to call people at that moment wasn't working so I had to facebook my kummi student (student tutor (godmother) or basically student guide), Anne, by cell in order to tell her I was coming. I was just sitting anxiously, looking at the driver for some sort of signal, looking out the window for a glimpse of Anne, looking at the driver and then I saw her. I waved to make sure I was looking at the right person and she sort of waved back smiling. I got up fast and said "Sir. Sir. Sir! Stop the bus. I am getting off." The driver looked at me like I was crazy and the other people on the bus were smirking but I didn't care. I just wanted to find my room, unpack my things and just fall to sleep. But of course that wasn't going to happen to me.

First I had to power up my phone since it was dying and then unpack. I was paused due to me blowing the fuse with the adapter I used for my phone. One minute I was happy and sleepy, then the next mad and frustrated. I ended up with no electricity for awhile and pretty soon I found out I had not internet until I signed my lease. To say the lease I was pretty much sadden at my arrival.

My name is Nichole Fraser. Business Administration student at UNCG. Current cry baby and I am signing off.


  1. Life is full of limitless possibilities. Every culture is different and full of life. Embrace the moments and try to make things better! I will skype you soon!

  2. You are the bravest girl I know. You faced your fears with people and jumped into a whole new culture and language. I am so proud of you because you are going to grow so much this semester. Oh by the way, Autumn go rid of her voiceless roommate.LOL

  3. Daddy says -"take heart, My child. Your way is not unseen of Me. I am mighty. I am your Deliverer, I will yet rejoyce over you with singing. So grasp My hand, and surely, hand in hand with Me the great Master of eternity, you shall indeed overcome." - Focus on Him Nichole he is the Author and Finisher of your faith--Mommy loves you. Embrace this time of your life and see the wonders of the many facet of God's creation - He has a lot to show you...Enjoy.

  4. My dear niece, you are very brave and don't forget that! Many, many people would never do what you have done, so I count your arrival a huge step and success in making your future what YOU want it to be. So even though you may run into negative people, face difficulty getting something done or just dealing with the Finland life, i believe in you that you are going to be just alright. Just keep focus on the reason you decided to go to Finland; focus on what your want for your future…and eat lots of good food :) (ok, good food always work for me) I love you very much, and will always check in with you at this website. Let me know if there is a way to communicate with you via phone…and if you need anything that I could help you with, let me know...

    Love, your auntie