Most of us might be quite familiar the term: third culture kid. It generally refers to an individual raised in a culture other than their parents’ own or the culture of their country of nationality, and live in such an environment during a significant part of their early years. That’s me, a third culture kid!
I was born and raised in Finland, but had the opportunity to even live in Nigeria when I was 2-4 years old, and later Australia when I was 8-9 years old. My parents migrated from Nigeria to Finland back in the 80’s. My father was a research student enrolled into the best university in Nigeria. His university happened to have extensive research partnership with the university of Helsinki, Finland, and that’s what finally ended up bringing my parents to the not so well known country of Finland.
Growing up in Finland had both its ups and downs. I grew up receiving one of the best educations in the world. The schools I attended were also the best in the whole country and the kind of friends and networks that our family built were in many ways fundamental in shaping mine and my brothers future. However, it doesn’t go without saying that I have never really found Finland to fully feel like home.
To be continued…