Aaron Äärelä Kansainvälisyysvastaavaksi / for International Captain 2023

Hei, olen Aaron Äärelä!

Haen KV-vastaavaksi, koska kv-opiskelijat ovat inspiroivia ja ystävällisiä, ja haluan tarjota heille mahdollisimman hyvät puitteet olla mukana meiningissä!

Tietokillan (ja laajemmin Otaniemen) kv-toiminta on varsin hyvällä mallilla, mutta uskon että on monia tapoja kehittää sitä. Tässä seuraavaksi muutama asia, jonka haluaisin mm. nostaa teemaksi

  • Ensiksi tekisin kv-opiskelijoille räätälöidyn fuksioppaan (ja tulevaisuutta varten uudelleenkäytettävän pohjan). Englanniksi käännetty kandifuksien fopas ei taida antaa tarpeeksi relevanttia informaatiota kv-opiskelijoille. Olisi upeeta, jos tämä kv-fopas olisi saatavilla ennen kuin fuksi lähtee kotimaastaan (mikäli Aallon byrokratia tämän sallii).

  • Samassa hengessä, haluaisin varmistaa että tiedotus saavuttaa kv-opiskelijat (ja on kattavaa). Erityisesti kv-fuksit ovat varsin riippuvaisia kv-vastaavan/isojensa tiedotuksesta (huomioiden toistaiseksi puutteelliset englanninkieliset sivut).

  • KV-vastaavan kuuluu myös tukea muita killan aktiiveja kansainvälisyyteen liittyvissä asioissa. Tämän aion saavuttaa kokoamalla tietoa siitä, mikä on todettu toimivan ennen, ja tiedottamalla killan aktiiveja asiasta. Tarkoitus olisi, että tietokillan ns. organisationaalinen tuntemus kv asioista paranisi.

  • Viimeisenä, muttei vähäisimpänä, haluan toteuttaa upeita kv-henkisiä tapahtumia killassa, sekä KvTMK:n kanssa :blush:

Uskon, että vahvuuksiani ovat mm. teekkarikulttuurin tuntemus ja aikataulutus (tykkään hoitaa asiat ajoissa). Eräs heikkouteni on se, että tämä on minun ensimmäinen ns. vastuunakki (mutta jostain on aloitettava, eikö?).

Haen myös killan hallitukseen, koska olen kiinnostunut hallinnollisesta puolesta. Minulla riittää aika, kun olen ehtinyt tekemään opintoja etuajassa, joten niiden suhteen ei ole kiire. En aio myöskään ottaa liikaa ylimääräistä tämän roolin lisäksi.

Pahoittelut pitkästä selostuksesta :grin:
Jos ette halua laittaa kysymyksiä tänne, niin kysykää ihmeessä TGssä (@Carogust)

Laajalahti, Espoo (7°C)
3.11.2022
Aaron Äärelä


Hi, I’m Aaron Äärelä

I am applying for the role of international captain, because international students are inspiring and super friendly, and I want to give them the best circumstances to participate in student culture!

The computer science guild’s (and more broadly, Otaniemi’s) international operations have a good base, but I think they could be improved in many ways. Here’s a few things I’d like to focus on.

  • First, I’d like to make a fuksi-guidebook tailored for international students. This is because an english translation of the finnish guidebook feels like it doesn’t provide relevant info for international students. It would be amazing, if the guidebook was in the hands of fuksis before they left their home country (if Aalto’s bureaucracy allows this)

  • In the same vein, I’d like to ensure that information reaches international students (and is sufficient). Especially international fuksis are reliant on the international captain/ISOs for announcements (especially since the english websites are lackluster).

  • The international captain also supports other guild actives in international matters. This I would like to achieve by compiling info on best practices, and then distributing it. The goal is to improve the CS guilds so called “organizational knowledge” on international topics.

  • Last, but not least of all, I want to organize awesome international spirited events, within the guild and with the International committee :blush:

I believe that my strengths are, among others, a deep knowledge of teekkari culture and ability to schedule my work well (I like to do things well in advance). One weakness of mine is the lack of prior experience in a role that has more responsibility (gotta start somewhere right though?)

I am applying for the board as well, as I am interested in the administration of the guild. I have time for everything, because I am ahead of schedule with studies and because I am not taking any extra roles.

Sorry for the long ramble :grin:
If you don’t want to ask questions here, feel free to ask me on TG (@Carogust)

Laajalahti, Espoo (7°C)
3.11.2022
Aaron Äärelä

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Hey Carogust,

It’s great to see you running for International Captain! As the name might suggest, the role is extremely international, therefore I will be asking my questions entirely in English.

  1. During the fuksi year 2021 the international committee organised a trip to Suomenlinna with an afterparty at Rantasauna. Have you thought about doing anything similar for 2023 fuksis?

  2. I’ve noticed that international students tend to be in their own bubbles away from the Finnish students, especially in many fuksi events. Are you planning to prevent that, and if so, how?

  3. Where does the name Carogust come from?

Regards,
Emilia “emialis” Repo

Hi and thanks for the questions! As they’re extremely international I’m answering in English only (tbh, I thought about writing my application in English only, but decided to show the effort :D) .

  1. Sounds like an extremely fun event! Might as well recycle it :D. But yeah, something in that vein is sensible and doesn’t divert much of the guilds resources. Other kinds of events kinda require help from other committees (for example, the internal and lukkari committee if we’re organizing a sitsit), which certainly isn’t a barrier, but the international captain can’t really take the brunt of the work.

  2. This is a very tricky question, and I’d be lying if I claimed that I’d have it solved (even after my time as the international captain). It certainly is a real problem (and very much at the core of this role), and I’ve heard from international students that it’s something that really does bothers them, multiple times during this and last year. The best place to attack this problem is definitely with fuksi events, as an established positive attitude carries to later years as well. Here is a quick list:

  • I think a good starting point is encouraging international and Finnish fuksis to mingle with each other. It might be that many feel that there is a big barrier to start talking with each other, and I think it is important to break that barrier as soon as possible, so that ignoring each other doesn’t become normalized during the fuksi year.

  • Second, I suspect that an effective method to make conversation easier is to provide a shared experience that they can all relate to. For this, the syse-lore stuff could be utilized to great effect. (I must admit that finding a natural topic of conversation is not easy). It could bridge the sometimes difficult cultural gap.

  • Lastly, I want to point out that I don’t want to force anybody to hang out with somebody. This should be a given. Interaction should be natural and not forced. It also makes sense from the organizers point of view if internationals and finns go in their own groups (though certainly not an excuse for a lousy job). I also have to give my praise to the unsung heroes that will actively go talk to internationals, as well as international ISOs. I’ll know that I’ve succeeded at my job if internationals and finns sing and laugh together merrily.

  1. Not really an interesting story tbh. Why is it apparently so funny???

TiK guild room (pleasant room temp)
4.11.2022
Aaron August “Carogust” Äärelä

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Hi!

Happy to see people excited about applying to the position. I also want to ask a few questions as a former international captain.

  • Do you have any experience with international tutoring?

  • Being the international captain means to take in a ton of work and the job lasts for a year and a half. How are you planning on not letting all of it overwhelm you?

  • You are applying alone, but we’ve recently tried adding a second captain to ease the workload. Would you be open to having a second international captain on your side?

  • You said you’d like to compile a list of best practices on related topics. Do you have any exapmles ready already?

  • International tutors are notoriously difficult to find. Do you have any special plans for recruiting?

Hello! Thanks for the questions.

  1. I’ve been an international tutor this year. It was a kind of a mess at first due to a communication mishap between the school and the guild (something I intend won’t happen again), but despite everything I feel like it was a nice experience. I’ve talked to my fuksis whenever I’ve seen them, and gotten to somewhat know another fuksi groups fuksis :blush:

  2. As I said in my application, I intend to do things in advance and plan out my work well. I think it will be hard at first, but if everything goes well I suspect that seeing everybody having fun will carry me through the year. I also have great friends that I can vent to (if I feel like it :D), both active in teekkari culture, as well as those that are not so into it (surprisingly important, gives a good chance to re-evaluate everything).

  3. I thought about applying with a friend, but talking to one of the current international captains I decided against it. This is because communication and division of labor seem to cause more hassle than any possible benefits. Then again, it might be just a problem this year. But I do suspect that because the international captain works with so many people (from the fuksi captains, tutor coordinator, ISOs and other committees), it is really not worth throwing another person into the mix.

  4. Not really, but I know that AYY/Aalto has researched how to enable a multi-language environment. I also intend to talk with as many people as possible about success and failure stories. This is something that I suspect will bear fruit at the end of my term.

  5. This is a problem that I’ve certainly taken note of. Even with the university flat out giving 200e, people don’t seem interested. It might be the case that international tutoring isn’t seen to be as “cool” as tutoring Finnish students (as most ISOs are primarily Finnish themselves). But international tutoring is actually great and heartwarming in it’s own way. I hope that I can encourage international ISOs to advertise this fact, and make international tutoring as cool as (actually, cooler) than Finnish tutoring.

Aaron Äärelä

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Hello Aaron,
Good to see you running!
May I ask you something? :slight_smile: Thanks!

  1. Do you think more action should be taken to include and integrate international students in the guild’s activities and operation?
  2. If you do, how could this be achieved? Leave blank if not.
  3. What challenges are there in making shared events for Finnish and international phuksis?

Yours truly,
Filip Eller

Oh, one more thing Aaron!

How do you see your future as an active member of the guild? I have heard wild rumours that live in my head rent-free.

Still yours (truly),
Filip Eller

Hi Filip! Thanks for the questions.

  1. In the activities, yes absolutely! I would love to see more events where bilinguality is taken into account to a larger degree, as it opens up events for internationals. As for operations, I think the current model is fine. Committees use English as their primary language if there happen to be internationals there (as far as I’ve seen). As for high responsibility roles I think that it shouldn’t necessarily be advertised (but not discouraged either, as there have been internationals in committee chair roles!).

  2. Bilinguality is a tricky thing, and I’ve discussed it in my previous answers. I think it is good to have a clear idea when an event is supposed to be bilingual, and advertise to members accordingly. A part of the problem might be as simple as not being clear when something is supposed to be bilingual or not, and sticking with a plan (from the organizers point of view).

  3. It is easier to split internationals and Finnish fuksis into their own groups, but as I’ve mentioned before this has caused some internationals to feel left out. But I don’t see a better way of handling this as Finnish fuksis might prefer to engage with the event in Finnish. But to combat that, I think it could be nice to have a few instances where there is some mix-up between the Finnish and International fuksis, for example to break the ice. Shared experiences makes connection easier.

Hey Filip. Funny question :new_moon_with_face:

Dunno really. Won’t say anything conclusive. I might run for other roles in the elections, so you’ll see then, but this is my main focus. But even if I fail to snatch up a role, I will continue as a toimari (committee member) and try to do the best I can. After all, you only need to focus on execution, not management, so in theory as a toimari you can do a better job than committee chairs :'D

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—ENGLISH BELOW—

Moikka!

Mahtavaa, että hait mukaan killan toimintaan!

Muut ovat kyselleet jo tosi hyvin kaikkea. Minulla on muutama kyssäri kanssa :slight_smile:

  1. Mikä on näkemyksesi siitä, miten killan toiminta on inlusiivista ja miten sitä on tähän asti edistetty yhteisössämme?

  2. Mikä toimii ja missä pitäisi parantaa mielestäsi?

  3. Mikä on näkemyksesi jonkinlaisen hallitusvetoisen inklusiivisuutta edistävän ryhmittymän tai muun vastaavan tarpeen?

Terkuin,

Anna


Hi!

Awesome that you applied to a position in guild!

The others have asked many good questions already! I have few questions too.

  1. What is your viewpoint for inclusivity of guild’s activities. Would you describe the ways it has been endorsed in our community?

  2. What do you think is good already, and what needs improvement?

  3. Do you think whether it is necessary to gather a (board driven) group to advocate for how to improve inclusivity or something similar to that?

Best regards,

Anna

Hey! Thanks for the questions. I’m short on time so answering only in english this time. Sorry!

  1. I feel like the guild is inclusive for Finnish members. I have not seen signs of harassment or discrimination in my time here. There is a welcoming atmosphere and everybody is accepted as is. I don’t think there needs to be that much attention on the general front from the international captain. As it is probably clear from previous questions, I feel like inclusivity could be improved for internationals.

  2. I have an inkling that the way internationality is handled changes a lot from year to year. I feel like there is a real need to establish more international traditions for the guild, so there isn’t a need to start everything from scratch. “Tradition” here is a very vague word, but means for example events that are organized year to year, and even things like having a translator at the elections. Another problem is the lack of international ISOs, but those that apply are enthusiastic. I hope to improve both fronts.

  3. No, not really. As I said, in general I feel like the guild handles inclusivity well enough. While this organization is certainly already quite big, it is not THAT big, like a big corporation. If somebody notices a problem, it’s best to bring it up and handled in then and there. As for internationality, I hope that I can improve things on that front, and hopefully encourage others to think about it as well.

As this is a touchy subject, and I very well might be misguided here, I am open for discussion on this front (actually, I am open for discussion on every front, I just like talking a lot).

edit: I wish to underline that this is my (imperfect) perspective! For example, I was unaware that the guild didn’t have harrassment contact persons. Just because I have not seen any major harrassment, doesn’t meant that the guild is free of it.

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