Avanti Chajed, USA
Q: What is your name? 
Avanti Chajed

Q: Where are you from? 
I am
from the U.S. though ethnically Indian.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue the LLEES programme at UTU? 
I came to Turku on a scholarship to learn more about Finnish Education, but I have learned much more than that while I have been here.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of the programme? 
My favorite part, aside from having international classmates, who bring a diverse perspective to education, has been the diversity in the classes. We take classes in a variety of subject areas from the narrow lens of student motivation to the broad lens of the influence of international organizations on educational policy.

Q: What is your research about? 
I am researching and comparing the values and purposes of early childhood education in the U.S. and in Finland with the hope of one day improving early childhood education in the U.S. for low income students.

Q: How do you think your degree will help you in the future?
I would say that coming to UTU was one of the biggest and best decisions I have made both personally and professionally as it has given me clarity in who I am as a person and who I wish to be in my profession. Educational reform has always interested me though I did not know how I would go about doing it. Now I know.

Q: What would you say to someone considering studying at UTU?
I have fallen in love with the city, the school and the people and I think others will feel the same.