- Introduce yourself.
Hey there, I am Cornelius from Germany. I am 23 years old and happy to study for one semester at the EBS.
- Why did you take part of the Erasmus program, and why did you choose Estonia?
In general, I love to travel around and to get to know other cultures. Since I have lived in California for 9 months, I always wanted to explore other nations and countries. Thereby, Erasmus offers a great opportunity to go abroad, explore and find new friends.
Estonia was chosen out of two reasons. Firstly, because I study International Business with the focus on Scandinavia and the Baltics and it was quite reasonable to go in one of those countries. Secondly, a friend who had studied at EBS from my university recommended to do my Erasmus in Tallinn,
Consequently, I researched and came to a conclusion that it is going be the place where I will do my Erasmus (half) year.
- What do you really want to do here in Estonia?
In fact, I wanted to discover the real Estonian Winter, what I did not, but first and foremost I wanted to have a great time – get to know locals, enjoy time, study, travel around, finding new friends and get to know the culture and spirit of Estonians.
- Tell us a bit more about your passion for sport.
Well, I love doing sport.
My favorite sport is definitely volleyball – especially beach volleyball. I have already played beach volleyball at Pirita Beach. Among that I like to do freeletics, crossfit and calisthenics with my sport group back in Germany. Here I go to Reval Fitness. One of my newer sport passions are mud runs, fun runs and OCR´s. I have already participated in a couple of them like Getting Tough and XLetics. Another sportive aim for me in Estonia is to go to Riga and run in the Riga marathon – you should come and join.
- What is your worst default? Why?
I hate losing in competitions. It is worse in a single competition than in a team. I just don’t like it, that’s why it is my worst default.
- If you could do one crazy thing, whatever you want, what would it be?
Wing Suit Flying.
- Do you have phobias?
As I child I used to be afraid of spiders – I little arachnophobia, but – thank god – I got rid of this and currently I would say that I don’t have any.
- If you were to be an animal, which one would you choose to be? Why?
Well, I think it would either be a wolf or an eagle.
A wolf because my friends said so in a chat which dealt with the questions which animal would we pick according to our character. Finally, they chose a wolf.
An eagle because this animal seems to be free, just taking off, flying to some place, see the world from above. Even only the self-flying part would be awesome though.
- What is always in your pocket?
No money and my credit card. Neither anything fancy nor a picture of a girlfriend or family.
- A word to live by?
It is more a song than a word – Nickelback: If Today Was Your Last Day
“each day’s a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride”
Photo: Cornelius Penno
Editor: Kärt Mättikas