Self Perspective

Chronicles of an American professor in Finland

Surprisingly, I am looking forward to writing this blog, which is my first.  My only reservation is that this blog will be perceived as one giant narcissistic, ego driven, waste of internet space.  But, no.  This blog will be different.  Oh yes.  My hope is that this blog will be like adding fresh, small batch, hand crafted, natural, organic fiber to your internet diet.

Or not.

Actually, there are four real reasons I started this blog: to motivate my fellow professors to apply for the Fulbright Scholar; to help prevent others from making the same mistakes I will inevitably make as I teach Finnish university students; share the highs and lows of living as an expat; and frankly, to chronicle this for future reading over a glass of wine.  I will try to keep my posts shortish, informative, readable, and with as much humor as possible.  I sincerely hope that professors, students and the curious will find this blog helpful, informative and maybe even mildly entertaining.  Lastly, I look forward to comments.


8 thoughts on “About this blog

  1. carmierae says:

    Looking forward to following this!

  2. Kathy Vetter says:

    I hope your time there is amazing! Be sure to include pictures of the places you visit, cultural anecdotes, new foods you try, etc…

  3. Bill Keller says:

    Great idea. Look forward to that high-fiber, organic, small-batch content. You need to pass the on the other cousins, too.

  4. P.J. Christman says:

    I shall wait with a margarita in hand for the true restaurateur’s and fellow football zealot’s amusing anecdotes.

  5. Bruce M. Sprague says:

    John, you have come a LONG way since you and I were roommates in the fraternity house at Auburn! I will be following your adventure with interest.

  6. Mary Bonilla says:

    Hi John,
    A blog is a great idea!!! Looking forward to reading your posts. I know it will be entertaining and informative.

  7. michaelvarias says:

    If your blogs are as humorous as your classroom lectures, I’m sure students like me will be more than mildly entertained!

  8. Mark Botieff says:

    Tämä on elämäsi tilaisuus. Olet loistava mentori. Juoda paljon viiniä ja vielä enemmän olutta!

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