Moving back to Alajärvi

Yesterday, I moved back to my parents. It’s normal for students to move away from their parents after high school because of studies in Finland. I’ve been living on my own for four years while spending the summers at my hometown. But this time around, I gave up my apartment. For the past few days, I’ve been dealing with the hassle of packing and unpacking everything.

I didn’t get to live in my apartment in Jyväskylä for too long. The first two years of living on my own I spend in Oulu and last semester I spent in Toronto. It feels like I just moved in and I already moved back. My parents must hate me for constantly moving around and having them help me out. Luckily, I sold all my furniture before the move. So the process of moving everything from my apartment to the car took only 15 minutes.

My room in Jyväskylä

I will complete all my courses with lectures, this spring. So, I won’t have to live in Jyväskylä anymore for my studies. Though that doesn’t mean I’m done with school. I still have to do projects, thesis and internship on top of finishing the courses I’m currently taking. I love living on my own, but I decided to sacrifice my privacy for the lessened expenses as soon as possible. Money is the one thing limiting me on my plans to go international. Now, I’m facing the challenges of living with my family while studying.

Entering Alajärvi

Alajärvi is a small town with the population of 10 000 people. The rush hour consists of four tractors at an intersection at the same time. I’m not sure how broad the town library’s selection on fashion business related books is. As a precaution, I borrowed a bunch of books from JAMK’s library.

My parents’ house isn’t exactly a quiet one. There’s always one or two of my siblings coming to the house on some business. After everyone gets back home from work, it’s impossible to get anything done. My parents will want me to run errands for them, my little sister will start to complain how untidy the house is and my niece will demand that I play with her.

My room in Alajärvi


For the last month of living in Jyväskylä, I’ve had a good daily rhythm. I went to school at 8am every day even though I didn’t have contact lessons. My biggest motivation in getting up every morning was the fact that if I didn’t, I wouldn’t get a parking spot. I went to a quiet spot at the library and worked on whatever I had scheduled for myself for that day. There I stayed until at least 4pm every day. Though I’ve had so many 6-8pm days, that last week I felt bad about going home at 4pm. It was “too early”…

I’ve made a schedule for myself up until August stating all the things I need to get done every day and week. If I slip up, I won’t graduate in time. The  loss of my study environment isn’t exactly helping me. I feel sad about losing my spot at JAMK’s library. I don’t think I’ll be able to study at home as efficiently and Alajärvi doesn’t really have cafes where I could study at. So, next week I’ll have to go on the search for my new study spot.