Daniel Stummer balances between his path studies in business management and ice hockey

Austrian Daniel Stummer is studying in Mamk Open University of Applied Sciences (Mamk OUAS), as a path student in business management program. He is also playing ice hockey in the local hockey team Jukurit.

Daniel found his way from Wien to Mikkeli by his Finnish friend who is acquainted with the coach of Jukurit. His friend set up a one week try out for Daniel. - In that week I attended the practices of A-Juniors of Jukurit to see how it goes. After the tryout week I got accepted to the team.

His life in Mikkeli is constant balancing between ice hockey and studies. Daniel’s life is choices: whether to attend the morning lectures or morning practice. - It is hard but manageable, it demands discipline, Daniel says.

Daniel chose path studies because he was late from the applying period for the Universities. He has lived in Mikkeli since August. - In that time I have faced challenges with the language and the weather. I expected that Finnish people would speak better English and the cold, rain and darkness was surprising, too. If I compare my hometown Wien, Mikkeli seems like a small place.

Daniel tells that OUAS path student and degree students differ from each other for one reason: the school lunch is more expensive to path students. Otherwise he doesn’t see any difference between a path and degree student.

Daniel considers Mamk as an international study place: students are from different countries. - I feel that students are taken good care of and they are treated as an actual persons, also the people are friendly at Mamk, Daniel says. The best part about studying for Daniel is that he has a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends and connect.

- I will stay in Mikkeli for couple years, especially since the Jukurit hockey team is upgrading to the national hockey league of Finland, Daniel notes. In the future he aims at being a professional hockey player but he also has a plan b -I would like to work with children as a teacher or a coach. Sports will always be part my life.