HELLO from the new board ♫~!


It’s been a while since our last post, but Frontier is back with a new board now! We held the Annual Meetings last Monday where the new members were officially appointed. You can find the information of the board 2017 here .


To improve your experience and engagement with Frontier this year, we sent out a questionnaire to our Facebook group. The questions concern how you feel about the past Frontier events and what you expect from the future ones. Your answers are extremely helpful to us in planning new activities this year. The questionnaire should take no more than 10 minutes of your time; please do join our group and answer it. It will remain open until this Thursday (March 2nd), after which, as a thanks for your help we will randomly select two participants and give away one Frontier badge to each.


A bunch of events is coming, and one of them is happening in three weeks – Frontier will host a movie night on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) together with Alku in the New Student House. We will be showing you two Irish-themed films – Brooklyn (2015) and The Departed (2006). Check our Facebook page and/or join the Facebook group for details.

The rest of the events during the spring term 2017 will be updated in the event calendar shortly. Please stay tuned!


Film screening tonight!

We’d like to welcome all students to join us today for a very special movie screening at the New Student House, in room Utopia, at 7 pm.


We’ll watch the film “Do The Right Thing“, a political thriller directed by Spike Lee. Although released in 1989, the film is still highly topical. See our event on Facebook as well.



Welcome, students new and old!

Freshmen of 2016, students, staff – welcome!

The Fall semester of 2016 is about to begin, and Frontier is planning new events for everyone to take part in. Our Fall happenings include, for instance, a Movie Night!


More details on our Fall events will be updated soon. Whether you’re an old friend or new to our organization,  we welcome you to join us in all our happenings. Be sure to check back for updates.


Also, remember to join our mailing list, Facebook group and of course, Frontier ry itself. You can also follow us on Twitter, and remember to like our Facebook page as well!

Come and meet us at ALKU’s Freshman orientation on Fri 2.9. We’ll also be at the Opening Carnival on Mon 5.9.

See you there!

PS… Don’t forget to get your very own Frontier overall patch! You can buy it at any of our events, or by contacting the board at frontier-hallitus(at)helsinki.fi. 3 € a piece, two for 5€ !

4th of July & Canada Day picnic

Hi everyone!

It’s time to get your picnic gear ready and head to Katajanokka! Like last year, Frontier and SUB are joining forces in order to celebrate 4th of July. Grab a blanket, some snacks and drinks if you wish, and join us for a day of fun. There will be a barbeque grill for everyone to use.


We’ll set the picnic up in Laivastonpuisto, Katajanokka, at 2pm. If you can’t find us or if you have any questions, you can email us at frontier-hallitus@helsinki.fi or give us a holler in Facebook, here’s the link to the event.

WHAT: 4th of July & Canada Day picnic
WHEN: Monday 4th of July, 2pm
WHERE: Laivastonpuisto, Katajanokka



Board meeting

Hello everyone!

We’re holding our next board meeting on Wednesday, 4th of May at Maria Hospital area, Lapinlahdenkatu 16. Everyone interested is warmly welcomed! We’ll discuss, for instance, the upcoming Maple Leaf and Eagle seminar, which is organized by the University of Helsinki on May 18-20.

Do join in!

What: Frontier board meeting

When: Wednesday May 4th, 6pm

Where: Maria Hospital area, Lapinlahdenkatu 16

PS. Here’s our brand new overall patch, which premiered yesterday at Humanisticum’s Merkkimarkkinat. If you didn’t get it yesterday, don’t worry – we’ll be selling the patch at our upcoming events. 3 € a piece, two for 5 €!



Frontier’s excursion to Amcham Finland

On the sunny morning of April 6, a delegation of Frontierites visited Amcham to learn about what it’s like to work for an international business hub and what it takes to land a job there. We were happy to join forces with Macondo, the organization for students of Latin American studies, for our first working-life excursion of 2016.


Our group was warmly welcomed by Program Manager Ina Kauppila and Policy Director Matt Wood, who kindly told us about their individual backgrounds and their roles and responsibilities at Amcham over some coffee and pulla (delicious!). We also got to introduce ourselves and tell a little bit about what we do.



Not many of us had even heard of Amcham before the excursion, but by now we all know that Amcham is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that is funded by its members, representing various fields, industries, and cultural backgrounds.

Amcham aims at helping its members find new business opportunities

Amcham helps international businesses to land in Finland and assists Finnish businesses when they want to go abroad. One of Amcham’s goals is to influence policymakers in order to make the local business environment better for its members. This kind of work involves, firstly, lots of human contacts and, secondly, finding and processing information quickly.

What’s a humanist to do at a business hub?

amcham6Among the most important things we learned during our chat was the fact that the business lobbying world will appreciate a person with a good general knowledge, a curious mindset, and the right attitude towards learning new concepts and new skills, i.e. a multidisciplinarian. At Amcham, you’re not expected to already know everything about everything (because that is simply not possible), but you are expected to be ready to pick up the phone, to find a person who knows what you need to know, and then relate that information to someone else in a way that they can understand.

amcham7What’s more, we discovered that in a dynamic organization such as Amcham, the environment is constantly evolving, so it’s essential for an employee to be able to live with change. It is also an asset to be comfortable with small talk and to be able to build a bond and a mutual understanding with people from different fields and cultures. A successful business advocate will understand a member’s needs and be able to speak the language of their field. However, while it is useful to have a basic knowledge of economics and how business is done, a business degree is by no means necessary.

It’s the attitude that matters most.


To sum up, during the visit we gained some valuable information about a field that was new to us and some fresh perspectives of the potential roles of a multidisciplinary humanist in the world of international business.

We would like to thank Amcham for the time and effort of having us as guests, and especially Ina and Matt for a truly inspirational talk and for creating such a relaxed atmosphere. It was a pleasure to start the day with you (and pulla)!