22 November 2014

School plans

I said in my previous post that I would next write about my plans for the rest of my evening high school time. So, here we go.

English books

So far I have 39 courses done and you need 44 in order to graduate. Which means I am almost done with the courses! In this current term I will get two new courses done (plus I am redoing one more course), so that leaves me 3 courses for the next two terms. Not much considering I usually do 4-5 courses per term. There is also few courses I want to redo and try to get better grade. Like I said in my previous post, I am in high school to get as good grades as possible.

The fourth term of this year, which will be my last term, will end late March / early April, depending on the exam days. For the third term I will have two new courses and one or two that I will redo. For the fourth term I have one (the last) new course and one or two courses to redo. Also during that term I will have the second set of the finals.

Mathematics books

Now about the finals. I was to try and write all my exams this autumn, but since I got badly sick (38,5 degrees fever to start with), I didn't manage to participate in History examination. So that I will have to do in March. I am also probably going to write Finnish & Literature again, since the grade is too low (it is not enough for some schools I am applying + my points fell down a lot from preliminary points). But I can very proudly say I got the best possible grade from English and Mathematics (even when I was sick during Math examination). The best grade is given to only 5% of the examinees, so I am very happy.

So, overall what I have left of high school is: 1-2 finals, 5 new courses and 3-5 courses to redo. Finish line ahead! There might come changes to this plan, but this is what I go with now.

History books

[ps. Lately I have sort of lost my interest to write this blog. Which is weird since I really wanted to have this kind of blog, but now I am more interested on my other blog. Maybe it is because I have so much school stuff currently (exam week coming up). But I have also started to question which way I want this blog to evolve, so I am not entirely sure what to write. I do have some ideas, but they don't inspire me at the moment. So, let's see... I probably am more inspired to write this blog once I have more time.]

12 November 2014

Evening high school

I am currently waiting for results from my matriculation examination (aka high school finals) which should come next Monday, so today I felt like venting about my current school.

The grades I got from primary school weren't great. Here in Finland you use those to apply to secondary schools and schools decide based on your grades whether or not you will be invited to an interview / entrance examination, or in some degrees they don't even have interviews and decisions are solely based on your grades. This obviously can be problematic if your grades aren't good, like it was in my case.

I applied to multiple vocational schools each year in every application period. I knew what I wanted to study, but all the schools had so high requirements that only once I got an invitation to an entrance examination (and I couldn't even go since it was so small town that travelling there would have costed more than I could have afforded). In the spring 2012 I figured out exactly what I wanted / needed to study in order to have a chance at the career I wanted and came to a conclusion that I needed to get to an university. But before that I needed that secondary school degree.

I hadn't applied to high schools since they didn't feel like my thing or of any use for me (plus most have very high grade requirements too). After deciding I wanted to go to university, I started to look into high schools too. I found out that there are such things as evening / adult high schools, that you can just sign up to, no grade requirements. How come nobody told me about this earlier is beyond me. In the autumn 2012 at the start of the school year, I signed up to the evening high school.

Some courses I have taken

I am first to admit that I am a perfectionist. Since my grades from primary school were bad (my average was 7.0 on 4-10 scale), I wasn't expecting too much. But because I had an actual goal (university) and my nature is what it is, it was important for me to get as good grades as possible. I didn't want to spend three years in school just to get grades that won't get me into any school I want. I wanted to be able to get into the exact degree I wanted to study in a highly rated university.

How good my grades have ended up being surprised even me. I have studied hard and it really shows. In example, in primary school my physics grade was 5, now it is 9. The biggest surprise were my math grades, since I had some struggle with it in primary school. Now I have a perfect row of 10's in math. Which obviously is brilliant considering what I want to study in university (which includes math studies).

My math grades, WTF

The last paragraph might sound like boasting, but my point is that hard work pays off.

People always get very surprised when they hear that I've done almost all my courses as online studies. They say that they could never study like that or especially get good grades without going to classes. For me this works better than going to school every day. I don't learn well in a group and I am very independent person. Honestly, I am a bit (or a bit more) worried about university because of this...

I should be graduating in spring with school ending late March / early April. But since this blog post is already getting pretty long, I will write about the plans for the rest of my high school time after the results of the matriculation examination arrive. Fingers crossed!

06 November 2014

Me, myself and I

After the blog introduction post, I felt it was a good idea to write an introduction post about me. At this point I must admit that I'm horrible at describing myself and I have no idea what to write about. So, this might become the worst introduction post in history...


Well, the obvious guess is that I just used my name in it. Not quite. My actual name is Marja. Mariya is my name Japanese name (and perhaps Slavic). So, why Japanese? I, of course, could have used my own name, but I wanted something more symbolic. The word 'road' obviously (I hope?) tells that this blog follows the path I'm on, but where is it leading? My dream is that in a few year's time I'll be moving to Japan and that's what I am aiming towards. So, I felt that using my Japanese name in my blog name is more meaningful.


Basic info:
Name: Marja / Mariya
Age: 23
Gender: Female
Location: Turku, Finland (for few more months)

[I never really like photos of myself... 25.10.2013]

School: Even high school, along slowly preparing for university application processes
Hobbies: Music. Writing. Trying to learn Japanese and play piano. Photography. etc.

I eventually hope to have my own music business in Japan and release a book series. I have already planned out main storyline for my books, I actually started the very first version years ago. But I am too much of a perfectionist so I have started rewriting the story many, many times. And I need to plan things too much. I'm kinda hoping that writing my blogs will help me with these problems. Or at least make me more confident writer.

[Very recent photo, aka less than two weeks old. 25.10.2014]

Some random things:
- My favourite colour is yellow
- I am vegan
- I love quizzes
- I huge Pokémon fan and play the games a lot
- I also play The Sims a lot
- I have traveled to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Latvia and Estonia
- I like history and museums
- I hate cold and snow, and would love to live by the Equator
- I have lost lots of weight in past few years and I'm now trying to get fitter and maybe gain some muscle.

And now I honestly can't think of anything else. But I am always open for questions!

01 November 2014

Starting a blog...

Well, hello you who have stumbled upon this brand new blog of mine!

I finally am starting my own blog. Or actually I am starting TWO blogs. For many years I have said that I will start blogging, but so far have only pushed it into the unknown future. But now here I go...


I want to record my experiences in order to be able to look back what my life and I was like back when. I also want to share them as to maybe help or inspire others, possibly come across like-minded people and/or communities, or just if someone finds my blog posts entertaining. I am not aiming at making my blog some super-popular blog with loads and loads of readers or becoming professional blogger.

When I started actually planning my blog, I searched help from internet and came across an important question: What will be my blog's niche? I read many comments and articles saying that every blog should have a niche. But how about when I just want to share my life experiences and stuff like that? It's really not a niche... I pondered about it for a long time and eventually did figure out a niche for my blog: music. So, I thought I'll start a music blog. But that left me at unease: I wanted to share all kinds of life experiences, not just music related. Hence besides a niche blog I decided to start a non-niche blog, a lifestyle blog is it?


I feel like I am at an important and interesting point in my life. I am currently studying my last year at evening "high school" (different school system, but high school is the clearest term for this level of study) and next year I am hoping to start university abroad! So, the main reason I wanted to start this blog is to follow my journey moving to a foreign country and living there. And in few years time hopefully two other countries!

In this blog, I will share my experiences related to (hopefully, but highly likely) moving abroad and what it actually means. I also want to share other interesting things that happen to me or that I find worth sharing. This could include travel, recipes, products, photography, etc... I don't want to limit my posts in this blog to anything alone. But currently my life heavily revolves around getting to university and moving abroad, so it will be the main subject, at least for now.

Since this blog post will lengthen for too long for anyone to want to read it, if I will start ramble on about myself, I shall write a separate blog post introducing myself. That will be up next.