A peek into my mind

The lovely Emmi (whose blog I’ve adored for years) was asked a bunch of questions as part of the Liebster Award challenge. Instead of challenging specific bloggers, she left it open for her readers to steal answer the same questions she got, and I loved them so much I decided to go for it. The thanks for the questions go to Rakkaudella Satua.

The pics are from the campus this morning.

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What is the most beautiful thing anyone has ever said to you? “Here, have this ice cream.” And a single tear fell.. No, I honestly don’t know, there’s been so many wonderful things. I’m very lucky to have amazing people in my life.
Mikä on kauneinta, mitä sinulle on sanottu? “Toin sulle jaateloa.” Ja yksi kyynel vieri… No ei, en tieda. Mulle on sanottu aika paljon kaikkea kaunista. Oon tosi onnekas siina mielessa, etta mun elamassa on/on ollut ihania ihmisia.

Your most unforgettable childhood memory? Probably all the winters when we travelled to Lapland with my family.
Ikimuistoisin lapsuusmuistosi? Ehka ne talvet, mina matkustettiin Lappiin perheeni kanssa.

What is your passion? I am not a very passionate person, I don’t think I have anything I’m very passionate about. Sometimes I wish I was a little less chill.
Mikä on intohimosi? En ole intohimoinen ihminen. Ei mulla taida olla mitaan, mita kohtaan tuntisin intohimoa. Joskus toivon, etta olisin hitusen vahemman “rento”.

Your strangest habit? Not sure about strage, but I bite the inside of my lower lip a lot when I’m stressed out or nervous.
Eriskummallisin tapasi? En ole varma onko se eriskummallista, mutta “pureskelen” alahuuleni sisapuolta kun olen stressaantunut tai hermostunut.

How do you want people to remember you? As a positive person, someone who made them feel good / happy. Someone to whom they could go if they needed someone to listen.
Mistä toivot, että sinut muistetaan? Positiivisena ihmisena. Ihmisena, joka sai muut hyvalle mielelle, ja joka aina kuunteli heita jos he tarvitsivat tukea.

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What makes you, you? Everything that I am! Hmm, maybe my contradictory nature? I love science and art, I love punk rock and classical (and everything between), I love to dress classy one day, alternative the other, ‘hippie’ the next… I love nature but I also love the city, etc. etc.
Mikä tekee sinusta sinut? Kaikki, mita olen. Ehka eniten sekava luonteeni. Nautin tieteista ja taiteista, punk rockista ja klassisesta (ja kaikesta niiden valilla). Pukeudun yhtena paivana siististi, toisena alternatiivisesti, toisena ‘boheemisti’… Rakastan luontoa ja siella oleskelua, mutta rakastan myos kaupunkia, jne. jne.

If you could change one thing from your past, would you do it? Yes.
Jos saisit muuttaa yhden asian menneisyydestäsi, tarttuisitko tilaisuuteen? Kylla.

What will your life be like a year from now? Probably about the same, except I’ll be close to graduating and hopefully having success in my hunt for a job or a master’s program.
Millaista elämäsi on vuoden kuluttua? Luultavimmin samanlaista kuin nytkin, paitsi etta olen melkein valmistunut ja toivottavasti saamassa duunia tai opiskelupaikkaa maisterin tutkintoa varten.

A dream you are going to fulfill? Traveling as much as I can.
Unelma, jonka aiot toteuttaa? Matkustella niin paljon kuin pystyn.

The best thing right now? Salsa!
Parasta just nyt? Salsa!

A beautiful word in Finnish? Hiljaisuus (silence)
Kaunis suomenkielinen sana? Hiljaisuus

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If I could travel back in time

… I would find myself at the exact moment when I first thought of becoming a math major, and punch myself in the face.

I like math, I really do, but I struggle a lot. I’ve thought about changing my major multiple times, but I’m so close to graduating it just makes no sense anymore. So I’ll keep going and work hard and hopefully graduate next year. Studying takes all my time and all my energy, and there isn’t much else that I do (except for salsa dancing, which keeps me sane). I found a lovely article, “Advice on learning mathematics”, written by a mathematician named Sean Howe. The first point in the article keeps me from falling into despair:

“Nobody is really “good at math” because being “good at math” means too many different things depending on where you are in your education … Anyone who continues long enough in mathematics eventually reaches a point where the complexity of the concepts and tools involved renders them difficult to learn. It is important to understand that this is natural, and that ultimately your own success in mathematics depends much more on how you handle yourself when you reach this point than on how long it takes you to reach this point. Mathematics, in the end, is hard work, but if you’re willing to do that hard work, then you will eventually be able to understand even the concepts that seem the most difficult to you when they are first presented.”

I still think I rather be a mediocre math student than choose an easier major and coast through it with perfect grades. I just wish I had more time for making art.

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Space Kitty returns

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Colorado road trip: Places and hikes

Since I have so many photos from my recent trip to Colorado, I decided to divide them into two posts. This post has pictures of the places I went to and hikes I did, and all the photos of plants and animals are in a separate post. There are also some photos on my Instagram.

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