Taking Your Passion to TV – Anna’s Study Abroad Story

The sky is the limit when you study abroad in Finland! 

One of the things that surprises students who study abroad in Finland the most is how much more free time they have outside of their studies. Students often comment that they feel much less pressure at high school in Finland compared to high school in their home country, and as a result, have more time to pursue their hobbies and discover new interests. 

Anh Thy (Anna) is a 16-year-old high school student from Vietnam, who chose to study abroad in Finland with the Finest Future High School Program. In her first year of study, Anna was able to pursue one of her hobbies outside of her studies, and join a dance team. Less than a year later, Anna was dancing live on Finnish national television!

“Moves Life Summeri” is a dance competition for high school-aged students organized by YLE television station in Finland. In 2022, 400 students who applied for the competition were whittled down to just 21 to compete in the grand finale. The top 21 were divided into three teams: Blue, Green and Pink. Anna, a member of the Blue team, spent 3 months working with famous dance coaches in Finland.

In preparation for the final, all participating students were invited to boot camps in the Finnish capital of Helsinki fully paid for by the television company, and all the youths had access to a psychologist for any necessary support. 

The hard work and passion demonstrated by Anna and the Blue team paid off, as they went on to win the competition and the grand prize of a training trip to London! Rewatch the moment, as well as a clip from a VTV4 report about the event:

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The Finnish educational system gives high school students the opportunity to discover talents and develop skills that exist outside of education. Just like Anna – who would never have dreamed of dancing on live television before moving to study abroad in Finland!

Contact a partner in your area or email us at hello@FinestFuture.org to find out how you can begin your journey to study abroad in Finland for free!