What now? Student life finally over


I’ve been a pupil or a student most of my life. I went to school when I was 6.5 years old, and besides taking two years off after high school, I’ve been student until now. After this month’s graduation ceremony my student life will finally be over. My exchange student years have gone by as fast as all these six years in China.

For the past half a year my main job have been taking care of our baby girl, it’s amazing to see her grow and learn new things every day. These two months I’ve also been teaching Finnish and Chinese on a relaxed schedule, allowing both me and our daughter to get used to the change.

In July our long waited trip to Finland arrives! Me and our baby will spend 2.5 months Summer vacation back home! Cant’ wait to let Anna meet my side of the family and show her where I grew up. If everything goes well, I’ll also be teaching a short course of beginner Chinese in Lahti before we head back to Guangzhou.

After a hopefully refreshing holiday in Finland it’s time to get back to business! Unfortunately staying at home longer isn’t an option as I won’t have any maternity benefits as I would if we lived in Finland, so work is calling. The rest of the year I’ll be working towards opening my own Chinese language center here in Guangzhou! I’ll be sharing more news about that as my plans go along.

My husband Alan has exciting news as well, he opened a Japanese bakery with other partners and they are all working super hard to make it a success. So far everything is going very well and their bread and pastries are delicious! If you want to try it ouy, you can find Fujio Japanese Bakery at the Utopia shopping mall at the Liede metro station exit A.

But now back to being a working mom and happy Dragon Boat Festival to everyone!

  • Zhao FU

    I can foresee your bright future. It’s kind of rare to have westerner to teach Chinese in a professional way in China. Guangzhou is a place with many internationals and many people do international business with China, mastering Chinese can be a great plus for their life and work. Compared with Chinese teacher, you can give them more experience of learning Chinese with a foreign background with your own experience.


    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    Sorry for a long wait for replying to comments. I do think Guangzhou had lots of opportunities for a teacher like me.


  • gordon chung

    it looks like you will be settling down in guangzhou. i wish you the best in your future endeavour. for sure i will try your hubby’s bakery when i am in guangzhou march of 2017.


    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    Yes we are staying in Guangzhou for now, I don’t see us moving in the next few years. Drop me a message when you visit!