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Expat Experience: Kandace Hawley, Oulu
I am Kandace Hawley from Kentucky, U.S.A. I am a graduate student at the University of Oulu in Finland. I study international educational policy. I travel quite a bit and I do not plan on returning to the U.S.A to settle upon graduating or anytime soon. Although my identity rests in America, I hardly adhere to the American lifestyle or dream. My expat journey has just recently begun.
The story of how I ended up in Finland is unique. I had never expected that I would move here. While living and working in Mexico, I met a handsome Finnish lad on his vacation on Christmas night. We started a relationship in Mexico and departed for our home countries (my stay in Mexico was ending at that point).
We had a skype relationship for five months in the spring of 2013. I came to Finland to spend the summer with him and during that summer, I decided to stay and study here. I had originally planned on returning to study at a very prestigious university in my home country but the thought of settling two years in the United States was not to my liking (amongst the thought of leaving the handsome Finnish lad)...
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- Forum Legend