That is a friend’s restored vintage Porsche I’m standing in front of, on the day I heard about my admission to the PhD programme in Aalto University. I’m officially admitted to the department of mechanical engineering, or konetekniikka as its known in suomi.
In the Finnish system, I was admitted as an enrolled student as soon as I signed my acceptance form and I have already received my email address, log in details, and student number. I can, if I want, start taking classes in the summer programme but I will wait until the Fall to begin. I want to take this summer off and enjoy the liminal space between running a business for 12 years, and fulltime studenthood.
Right now, I’m running around figuring out the Finnish financial aid system for living expenses while doing fulltime research. The tuition itself is free, and, as a permanent resident I do get a small amount from social security as well as a fulltime student. I’ll write about that once I get through this week’s deadlines.
I’ll collate all my blogging on this topic of going back to school in your early fifties under the category Education, with the tag PhD.