When it came time to choose a university for my bachelor’s degree, I decided on Hamk. At the time, I didn’t realize what a challenge it would be. When I looked at Google maps, the travel time seemed reasonable, just 50 minutes. That was no big deal for me, since it takes me an hour to get to Espoo.
Unfortunately, my first class starts at 8:45 a.m., which means I have to take a train that arrives before then. The only option available for me is the train that departs from Tikkurila at 7:19 a.m. This means I have to wake up at least an hour earlier to make it to that train. And, to make matters worse, sometimes the train gets delayed, forcing me to stand in the cold for even longer. The buses in Hämeenlinna are unreliable, so I can never count on them to be on time. Waiting for them is a frustrating experience, but when the train is delayed, I’m almost happy because it means I don’t have to deal with the unreliable buses. Of course, this only happens on rare occasions. Overall, I’ve enjoyed my time at Hamk, except for the early mornings.