Together with a dear friend of mine, Pietari, we decided to try and visualise the beautiful of our hometown, Turku, through my camera lens. Pietari needed the video for a project and I was happy to help as a part of my CAS, so we put our minds together and spent months brainstorming, planning, filming and editing. We went through the city on bikes, by foot, with buses and cars - stopping at beautiful places as well as places of sentimental value to us, and filmed a particular scene.


The project involved a lot of creative planning, and while putting our heads together we noticed how many new ideas were born from the original thoughts we had. It forced us to see the city we had both spent so much time in with new eyes, through a new perspective, allowing us to experience everything differently. It required creativity not only in the planning process but also when choosing where to film and how to cut the material gathered. We learned to discuss in a way that presents own ideas while still being open to the ideas of the other, a skill many of us still need to work on. The project also required skills such as listening, reading situations and quick thinking.


Learning outcomes connected:

- Increased awareness of their strengths and areas for growth.

- Undertaking new challenges.

- Planned and initiated activities.

- Worked collaboratively with others.

- Showing perseverance and commitment.

- Developed new skills.

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In February 2016 I went to Cuba with my aunt for a couple of weeks. The trip was wonderful, and it brought so many new experiences, thoughts and memories with it. We did a lot of things, such as hiking in the mountains, swimming, walking, learning about the Cuban culture, taking photographs, studied Spanish.

There were a lot of new things to be seen and done, and although we did not have all the time in the world, we got around to doing a lot of things. It was wonderful to see oneself change and improve, how after a while we could speak a little more Spanish, we had learned a little more about the Cuban culture, and maybe learned a little more about ourselves.

It was new and exciting but also a little scary, and maybe the combination is what made the experience so wonderful.

Learning outcomes connected:

- Increased awareness of their strengths and areas for growth.

- Undertaking new challenges.

- Planned and initiated activities.

- Worked collaboratively with others.

- Showing perseverance and commitment.

- Developed new skills.

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In November 2015 me and my mentor within film and visual arts, Horacio Alcala, went to Larnaca in Cyprus to film a documentary for Council of Europe. The event was called the "Medicrime" convention, an initiative by the Council of Europe to try to make the laws for medicin-related crimes similar in all European countries. This is due to the fact that illegal drugs often are sold over the internet, being manufactured in one country, distributed through another and sold to a customer in a third country. This always makes it difficult to convict someone of a crime, which is why similar laws would benefit in the long run.

I, together with Mr. Alcala, filmed short interviews and clips in order to create a short video which would explain the ideas of the Medicrime convention and encourage other countries to sign the convention. I was faced with many new challenges, meeting new people in an unfamiliar environment, learning new languages, dealing with both filming as well as interviewing. Overall the experience was just as frightening as it was wonderful, and taught me a lot about the world outside my own perspective.


Learning outcomes connected:

- Increased awareness of their strengths and areas for growth.

- Undertaking new challenges.

- Planned and initiated activities.

- Worked collaboratively with others.

- Showing perseverance and commitment.

- Engaging in issues of global importance.

- Consideration of ethical implications.

- Developed new skills.

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Since I was a little girl, I've always loved taking photographs. There's something about composing the photo, playing with light, objects and colour that has so much appeal to me. I especially enjoy photographing people, trying to capture their feelings and personalities. It is challenging, but at the same time very rewarding - a picture that turns out well can keep me inspired for long periods of time.

Learning outcomes connected:

- Increased awareness of their strengths and areas for growth.

- Undertaking new challenges.

- Planned and initiated activities.

- Worked collaboratively with others.

- Showing perseverance and commitment.

- Developed new skills.

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The music and arts festival I had the pleasure of attending and participating in was a three year project under the lead of the amazing Martina Taubenberger. Irsee is a small town two hours from Munich, and the three day festival was held in the local monastery which a grand finale in the church. The monastery and church both have very dark history, it used to be a location for compulsary euthanasia during World War II, which is one of the reasons the festival is held there - in order to try and bring life, joy and laughter to a place that carries a lot of dark memories. We were around 40 people working this festival, people of different ages and nationalities. We started setting up and doing run-throughs on Monday the 4th of April 2015, but rehersals and preparations had already been going on for months. I took part in the project as an intern with the filming and documentation team, and it was one of the most interesting internships I have been lucky enough to get. The music, written by Marc Sinan and played by an orchestra of 6 people, was modern and very contemporary, which is not exactly familiar groud for me.

I learned to appreciate how much work has been put into a piece even though it is not something I would listen to myself, something I am not sure I have fully been able to do before Irsee. In addition to this I was forced to work and learn a language I do not quite speak (behärska), and realised understanding is a lot easier than I thought it would be. I got to work with wonderful people I have never met before and I also had the pleasure of realising by collaboation skills have developed a lot in the past couple of years. Working with others was solely a great experience, never a problem of any kind. This was the first time I filmed something for someone other than myself and my own needs or interests, and furthermore was not experienced at all. My boss, Horacio Alcala, taught me everything I needed to know about filming and also trusted me with the work a lot more than I had expected him to. I got to explore my own strengths and challenge myself to do more, be more creative, take more risks. I admit it was slightly frightening at times, but it was a good way of helping myself grow.

Foto: Horacio Alcala

Learning outcomes connected:

- Increased awareness of their strengths and areas for growth.

- Undertaking new challenges.

- Planned and initiated activities.

- Worked collaboratively with others.

- Showing perseverance and commitment.

- Engaging in issues of global importance.

- Consideration of ethical implications.

- Developed new skills.

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After the week in Irsee we had way more material than we could possible use in the one and a half hour long documentary on the festival. Mr. Alcala therefore asked me whether or not it would be possible for me to intern with his company as well, and come to his Office in Madrid to work on editing all of the material into one HELHET. Intrigued I accepted and worked for a company called Camara Boreál for two weeks in May. This involved cutting, soundchecks, adding and deleting clips, colour and voice corrections, subtitiling and so on. I got free hands when it came to this, more or less, and got a lot done in these two weeks. The documentary is now finished and released on DVD and German television.

Editing photographs is very different from editing film, and it was a challenge in the beginning. A lot of new information to be prosessed, but it went well and I got a hold of it quickly.


​Learning outcomes connected:

- Increased awareness of their strengths and areas for growth.

- Undertaking new challenges.

- Planned and initiated activities.

- Worked collaboratively with others.

- Showing perseverance and commitment.

- Engaging in issues of global importance.

- Consideration of ethical implications.

- Developed new skills.​


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In May 2015 I spoke with a friend about emotion, and this friend was of the opinion that it is close to impossible to photograph emotions. Partly in order to try and prove him wrong, and party because I myself thought it would be interesting to try, I took self portraits during a couple of hours a day for 4 days. At this point I had no idea of what I would do with the pictures once the photographing was done, but they turned out a lot better than I expected and I wanted to make something out of them. The next step involved buying a large photo album in which I put all of the pictures, and as captions I added the dictionary definitions of the emotions. The book now includes everything from complete and utter happiness and appreciation to fear and pain.

Since I am used to standing behind the camera, being in front of it, and especially being vulnerable in front of it, made me feel rather uncomfortable. Even if the project was only for me, and I had no one's expectations to live up to, it was definitely going out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot about myself, as well as about photography and lightening. The pictures were difficult to take, I am in no way denying that, and my interpretation of a certain emotion is surely different from someone else's, but I think I managed to express emotion with only looks and body language.

Learning outcomes connected:

- Increased awareness of their strengths and areas for growth.

- Undertaking new challenges.

- Planned and initiated activities.

- Showing perseverance and commitment.

- Developed new skills.

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Music has been my passion for as long as I can remember, at at the age of 8 i started taking lessons with a wonderful teacher named Marina. I quickly developed an interest in classical music, but have since then played everything from jazz and rock to film soundtracks and pop songs. For the past couple of years I have played the piano an hour per week.

Just like all other forms of art, music is a way for me to express thought and emotion, as well as an area with room for continuous and close to endless improvement. There are always new challenges waiting to be undertaken which is one of the many things I love about music. After more than 10 years of playing the piano I still find new things to learn every day.

Playing the piano requires a presence in the current moment which takes a lot of time to master, as well as a variety of skills including precision, musical understanding, rhythm and reading skills.


Learning outcomes connected:

- Increased awareness of their strengths and areas for growth.

- Undertaking new challenges.

- Planned and initiated activities.

- Worked collaboratively with others.

- Showing perseverance and commitment.

- Engaging in issues of global importance.

- Developed new skills.

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When my mother had her 50th birthday in October 2016, me and 4 friends of mine decided to organise a four-course dinner for her and 30 or her closest friends, in order to celebrate this big day. I, along with these four others, took care of everything from sending out the invitations to fixing up the space and planning as well as organising the entire dinner.

We served tuna tartar with beetroot as a starter, a tomato soup with chili as a middle course, grilled meat with red and yellow pepper sauce and potato puré as a main course and a collection of fruits and passion fruit sorbet as the dessert.

The entire event was far more challenging than I expected, and forced me to develop new skills and take on new challenges in terms of organising and planning. It also required a lot of team work from all of us, in order to create a successful dinner. All in all the evening turned out wonderful, and it gave me many new skills as well as a happy mother and memories for life.

​​Learning outcomes connected:

- Increased awareness of their strengths and areas for growth.

- Undertaking new challenges.

- Planned and initiated activities.

- Worked collaboratively with others.

- Showing perseverance and commitment.

- Engaging in issues of global importance.

- Consideration of ethical implications.

- Developed new skills.

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