The fall semester at the UVM ended a week ago. There were farewell pictures and good-bye speeches. I want to thank Tuna and David for the Fall also in writing. Their courses gave me a lot to think about and I think I know now how to develop mine when I go back to my job. I enjoyed the instruction and the students’ speeches in both the Persuasion course
and the Public Speaking course.
From the students’ speeches in the two courses and the debate speeches at the Lawrence Debate Union in the evenings I learnt a lot about what is going on in the US and especially in the college students’ minds at the UVM.
The last week in Burlington has been fairly snowy and slippery. The weather prepares us for the real winter that is waiting for us in Finland. It’s been a time for dinners and goodbyes with “old” friends like the Nelson’s and Mimi, Abby and Wyatt
and more recent ones like Nona and Ken and Tove and Rich. I thank you all and I hope to see you in Finland. Some of you have already promised to come! I am looking forward to that!
The Fulbright programme is … I just have to use the American word: AWESOME! This fall has been such a great experience for both Anni and I. What we got out of this is only partly reflected on these pages, but the reflection will go on when we go home – not in this blog, but in other ways. There are a lot of plans for co-operation and some of them will certainly happen as there have been some amazing coincidences. Tuna already visited Tampere and gave workshops for teachers and students. He would like to come again! David and Ruth will be visiting Finland on business and leisure (thank you Ruth for the home exchange!) and in the spring already, Megan happens to come and live in Tampere, of all places! Finland will have expertise presence in debating. It will not only be interesting to see how things will evolve but what we can make happen together!
Thanks and see you all – in Tampere, Finland!