"I think I will try the skateboards after this experience. Here I feel confident about how to do it for which I’m very happy and thankful to the University of Applied Sciences in Lahti."

Alan opiskelija: Martin Guoth

Great place for thesis


”There are also a few differences between my school and LAMK. The main difference is that my school is very theoretical and despite of having a woodworking workshop at school we don’t work there – we are not allowed to, or maybe we are, but it would not be as easy as here. There aren’t many machines available and you have to sign a paper that you are responsible for yourself in case of injury. I love the workshop at school in here. Here is everything so we are far from such conditions at my school. I definitely recommend LAMK to everybody and especially to those students who are writing their thesis because here they could really do research.”

Studies
In May 2013, I finished my Master’s degree in a programme called Furniture & Wood Products. Since September 2013, I have been doing doctoral studies in a programme called Technology of Wood Processing. The doctoral studies are like normal technology and wood processing, but if I specify it more closely, it’s about manufacturing plywood and all things related to that.

LAMK – Lahti University of Applied Sciences
I think LAMK is a very lovely school and Lahti is also nice. People are very friendly and willing to help, which I appreciate the most. The city is big enough for finding any kind of entertainment or services so there are no problems there. There are also a few differences between my school and LAMK. The main difference is that my school is very theoretical and despite of having a woodworking workshop at school we don’t work there – we are not allowed to, or maybe we are, but it would not be as easy as here. There aren’t many machines available and you have to sign a paper that you are responsible for yourself in case of injury. I love the workshop at school in here. Here is everything so we are far from such conditions at my school. I definitely recommend LAMK to everybody and especially to those students who are writing their thesis because here they could really do research.

I chose Finland for my study exchange because I met some people from LAMK in my school in Zvolen, Slovakia. These people were also exchange students. It was easier to come to Finland when I knew some people already. Knowing people was also very useful because they have helped me a lot. Another reason was a possibility to meet a guy who works with skateboards, which was my main interest, so it sounded great that I could co-operate with him. The third reason to come here was the possibility to use the school’s workshop, which is very well equipped with all I need.

Projects
I managed to contact a guy I had heard of and he is a local longboard maker here in Lahti. I contacted him just when he was preparing for the board expo in Helsinki and he needed some help with skateboard production for the expo. So together we made a new model of longboard, which I was mainly working on. My main task was to remodel the old version and make a new mold with the CNC machine. Basically I was helping that longboard guy with some other work so that we could get everything ready before the expo. Now I’m working on testing those boards so I’m going to use the workshop at school and the equipment to make my thesis out of this project.

Future
I think I will try the skateboards after this experience. Here I feel confident about how to do it for which I’m very happy and thankful to the University of Applied Sciences in Lahti.