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20.5.2019 05:53

Hello, it's Maggie, back with my second post for the semester. As I took my exam last Tuesday in the lecture hall, I was reflecting upon the beginning of the year when I was sitting in the same room during orientation. They overloaded us on information about the year, and I got a bit nervous. I had no idea what was in store for me here at Hanken, and what a year it has been! So here's a little bit of advice to myself last year at this time as I reflect and look forward to the summer and the second year of my master's program.

Say yes to everything! You never know where opportunities will lead you, and there are plenty at Hanken. A networking dinner in September eventually led to getting a job in April in a roundabout way. There have been so many opportunities to meet people and learn about different fields over this year. Of course it is impossible to take all opportunities, but certainly do not let them all pass you by.

…Except for when you need to say no. Sometimes I have a tendency to say yes too often until I have taken on too much. This happened to me period 3 trying to juggle too many classes because I refused to let any of them go. While it all turned out fine in the end, I'd certainly recommend learning your limits and forcing yourself to stick to them. Evaluate what you want most out of your Hanken experience and focus on that. 

Try something new. One of the best things I have done this year was to join a friend in her finance class. It was a class called Fintech and Blockchain. Even though I avoided the classes about money in economics, in this class I was learning about cryptocurrencies and the possibilities of Blockchain. The class was difficult, but it was so beyond my previous knowledge that it is certainly the class I learned the most from. Try something new, that is what your elective credits are for.

Get involved. Since I have not worked for this whole year, it was important for me to have something outside of classes going on in my life. While I have pursued some of my own hobbies, I also really enjoyed getting involved in the student union. I joined the Masters' Committee in December. Masters' Committee puts on events to support masters students, whether it be social events, work and networking events, or excursions outside of Helsinki. This spring I had the chance to be involved in planning a Game of Thrones themed sitz. Despite the way the show has turned out, I personally believe that our sitz was a big hit. A whole team of us came together to really bring the theme to life, and we had a lot of fun doing it. Two weeks ago I was selected as president from now through December, and I am very excited for the opportunity to be involved in welcoming new masters students to Hanken in the fall.

30.4.2019 09:24


I was thinking of what to share with you and in the process, I thought I would just share with you my experience and the impact moving here has had on my life, both personally and business-wise. As I mentioned in a previous post, I moved to Finland in 2010. Although it does not feel that long.

When I first moved here, I had a culture shock (as Kenyans are usually extroverts), a climate shock and a food shock, among others. Despite all these, one thing I could immediately pick out was that things “actually work”. Usually when touring abroad many people only get the touristic view of the places they visit. Growing up I used to get frustrated with the deteriorating standards in our country. This was one of the motivating factors that discouraged me from attending a university back home. Looking back if I were to choose, I would make the same decisions all over again.

14.4.2019 22:03

Hi there,



As you may have seen, Helsinki is an amazing place to run -from central park to the seashores. This is the reason why today, I am going to write about one of my passions: running.


When I first came to Finland, about two years ago, I was immediately surprised by the huge number of people running around the city. Here, it is not only about running fast but also about the social and wellbeing aspects. I think that this is also what really hold my attention. To be honest, what is better than discovering hidden and beautiful places while running with friends? For me the answer is clear. Running is the perfect way to meet new people, to do sports, and to get to know Helsinki better than anyone else.


Actually, I quickly realized that Helsinki had a lot of running groups which are very closely aligned with what I was looking for. These are free, motivating, and not implying any long-term commitment. I first joined Adidas Runners Helsinki which is nowadays named Helsinki Social Runners. We meet every Thursday at 18:00 in the city center and run around 10kilometres. In addition, every now and then, events (with free food, obviously) are organized by partners such as Garmin, and Adidas. So, you don’t have any excuses, join us!


Helsinki Social Runners.jpg


If you are more a beer person, no worries! There is also Mikkeller Running club which organizes a run every first Saturday of the month. In addition to running with great people, you can also enjoy a free beer at the end of the workout! Just a runner’s dream.




3.4.2019 13:21

Hi everybody,

Today I want to give students tips about work life balance from my own experience. As an international student, apart from studying, working has also been a major part of my student life. Working while studying is not an easy combination for anyone. The workload from school particularly Hanken is demanding since most courses have a project that entails working in teams, doing extensive research and very tight deadlines. As I write my thesis now, I can reflect on some issues I learned along the way.

2.4.2019 16:47
Today, i am going to talk about student committees and student societies which you may be really interested in as potential Hanken students.
If you come from abroad (outside Finland), you may worry about making new friends! We have various nemerous committees and societies within the realm of the student Union called SHS. SHS will help you actively invloved in those. Those include case competitions and start-up evenings to sports events and themed parties (called Sitz).
Whereas SHS targets and supports all Hanken students, there are some committees which help a specific group of students. If you come to Hanken as a master student, The Masters' Committee will support you , and If you come to Hanken as an exchange student, The exchange student will help your life in Finland. Both of them are part of SHS. But, they are independly in action to provide all new Master's and exchange students with student tutors prior to arrival and organize both social and professional events to make sure you have great time (They organise and hold their own sitz for their supporting students !). The most important thing to remember is, that even though you are not an exchange student or a master student at Hanken, you are able to participate in events held by The exchange committee or The master committee. It would be the best opportunity to make various friends!
As well as them, we also have sports committee for students interested in sports!. Sports committe offers many sports activities to students, such as badminton, volleyball, baseball, cart riding, ski and so on. Furthermore, we have many students societies (Clubs) for students who want to socialise by enjoying non-sports activities. There are, for example, a coffee society and beer society.  If you click this link, you can check a variety of student societies out at Hanken!.
Last but not least, If you are interested in joining one of or some of clubs, send an email to the email in the link above or take part in a student club(society) day in the beginning of every semester!
15.3.2019 15:59
Studying economics at Hanken you have the opportunity to take courses at Aalto and University of Helsinki as well. It's an great way to sample a variety of topics within the discipline.

Hello! My name is Maggie Knorr, and I'm a first year Master's student in economics. I'm originally from the great state of Minnesota in the U.S.A. I have wanted to move back to Finland ever since I lived in Iisalmi for a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in 2011-2012.  In 2016, I completed my Bachelors in economics and philosophy at Hamline University, and then taught English in Malaysia and worked in Student Affairs for a year before deciding to go back to school.

I think one of the coolest things about studying economics at Hanken is their participation in Helsinki Graduate School of Economics (GSE). Through this cooperation with Helsinki University and Aalto, I am able to take courses at all three universities which offers me a wide range of economic topics to study. I also got to attend the Opening Ceremony of the GSE this October, and the Finnish Nobel Prize in Economics winner Bengt Holmström speak!

So far I've taken 3 economics classes at Hanken, 3 at Aalto, and 2 at University of Helsinki. Each school has their own strengths and group of experts, and I would definitely encourage everyone to take at least one course at each school. My favorite class at Hanken has been Behavioral Economics, which looks at the way traditional assumptions about human rationality are often inaccurate, and how we can account for that in economics. 

By far my favorite class so far from the GSE has been Development Economics. It is taught by Aalto University in collaboration with United Nations University- World Institute of Development Economics Research (WIDER). Each lecture was an expert in a different field of development economics, so we got exposure to many different topics and lecture styles all in one class. In September I also got a chance to attend their conference, held here in Helsinki, where researchers came from around the world to present.

Many of my classes have been incredibly challenging, and pushed me to learn and understand economics at a much more theoretical and mathematical level. I am thankful for the variety of courses I have been able to take here, and look forward to incorporating them into an interesting Master's Thesis topic next spring.

Thanks for reading, and please feel free to contact me at for any questions you might have about the economics program, or life here in Helsinki. 


12.3.2019 12:17

Hello everyone! Today I want to give new students some tips about Finnish medical system. No one wants to get sick, but international students need to know how to use the medical system. Finland has a very high standard of medical services, which is an important benefit for students.

International students can go to hospitals which belongs to Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS



Go to the reception and present your student ID. The registration is free. From the website ( you can find the list of services subjects to charge.



I have been to Töölö Medical Centre because of my toothache. The visiting address of Töölö Medical Centre is Töölönkatu 37 A, 00260 Helsinki. I think this is the nearest Medical Centre to our school. The dentist was very professional and patient. She told me I had got periodontal disease. (sad…) And I could have a 10 min tooth cleaning for free. (became happy…) Then the dentist filled my tooth. Töölö Medical Centre has advanced medical equipment. To be honest, the treatment process was a little bit uncomfortable. But the treatment was very successful. Finally, the dentist gave me some tips about dental care. Thanks for her advices, I have no toothache anymore!



28.2.2019 16:52
Studying in Finland has many advantages. While some such as the quality of education and student life are commonly cited, the price (and quality) of student lunch is another exciting element.



Hi everyone,

Today, I am not going to write about events, networking, or courses at Hanken. I am going to write about food.

Studying in Finland has a lot of advantages. However, Helsinki remains an expensive city in comparison with the majority of other capitals. The good news is that as a student, you will have a lot of benefits -one of them being that you can have lunch for no more than 2.60€ (!!). The city centre is full of so-called Uni-Café where you can enjoy cheap food. Hanken has its own cafeteria, run by the famous Fazer Food company.


Hanken cafeteria


From Monday to Friday, between 11:00 and 15:00, you can choose between several lunch options. There is always a buffet of 4-5 different salads, a vegetarian meal, a non-vegetarian option, a soup, and an ‘upgraded option’. In addition, there are also several kinds of bread (white bread, rye bread, gluten-free bread, etc.) and bread-spreads. In summary, for less than 3€, you can take a small plate of salads + a normal plate of ‘warm-food’ + bread + a drink (such as milk or juice). If you are still hungry, the cafeteria also sells a number of sweets and sandwiches. Finally, you do not need to be worried if you have special diets. You will (or may) always been able to find an option which suits your needs.


Having a healthy lunch is extremely important when spending the full day studying and learning as it provides good nutrients to your brain. As students, we have all experienced the traditional student pizza and spaghetti, because they are easy to cook and cheap. For this reason, it is very nice to have the opportunity to eat a balanced meal for a very cheap price at the cafeteria. Furthermore, sharing lunch with your friends is far better than eating alone, at home.

17.2.2019 22:27

Hi everybody, I hope you all do fine and had a great start in the year. I returned to Helsinki in yearly January. I spent the Christmas break back in Germany and used the time to see my family and friends. Besides that, I used my time to prepare for one of my biggest to does in the year 2019 – finding a job in Helsinki. I updated my CV and polished my Cover letter. In addition to applying to advertised vacancies I took the incentive and contacted the talent recruiters of the companies I am was interested, I asked about potential vacancies and the possibilities to work for them as an international with little knowledge of the Finnish language. I can only recommend doing that to anybody who is interested in finding a job. Once I return to Helsinki I got invited to interviews by several companies and I made it to the further stages in the application process, which is extremely exciting, so stay tuned and cross your fingers that in my next blog entry I have some great news.

Besides my job hunt I am in the last phases of my master studies. I am currently continuing to write my thesis and I am participating in the Cases in Finance course. In this course students have the chance to solve real life business cases together with real companies. The course is very comprehensive and interesting. I think it is safe to say that this is the most practical course in the Finance master curriculum. So far, we had to chance to work together with MCF Corporate Finance, Citi Group and KPMG. The next cases will be provided by PwC and J.P. Morgan. The cases are solved by groups of two which is a great way of interacting with new people you have not met before, especially as an international student.

Apart from the daily study grind I spent my doing sports and participating in some of the various student activities organised by Hanken’s student committees such as going to drive Karts together with Hanken’s sport committee. Now there is nothing left I have to say and thus, I will go back to the grind and work on my thesis.

I hope all of you are doing great and you will achieve your set goals for the year 2019, until the next time.

27.12.2018 18:01
Good tidings to you wherever you are. Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year! Abba

veryone loves holidays, but Christmases time is special - it is associated with miracles, childhood, and a fairy tale. Christmas virus vanity involves us in its ‘dance’ that we cannot resist!

Many of us come from different countries with different Christmas and NY traditions and I am not the exclusion. Yet in Russia, the tradition to celebrate Christmas is not so popular than in Europe, but New Year is so much loved here that we even celebrate it twice!

I have my own tradition to spend these holidays in Moscow with my family and we always plan in advance our cultural program. I even call it a cultural marathon – this is how we prepare to the 31st of December when at a midnight we will make our wishes for the new year with the strong belief that they should become true!



As the international student ambassador I have the right to make my wish right now on behalf of all Hanken students: Santa, please, make the exams easy and our answers brilliant; lectures fascinating and interesting, and bring a lot of great job offerings to all of us!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!