1. Present yourself.
Hi! I’m Jackie from Queen’s University in Canada, studying this semester at EBS!
2. Why did you choose Estonia for your Erasmus?
Since my grandparents were born in Estonia, I grew up with strong ties to the culture. I knew I wanted to study here to discover my roots and connect to my heritage. Plus, it’s such a beautiful country! I love nature and want to explore as much of Estonia as I can.
3. What does family represent for you?
My whole family is really close, we love travelling together and my brother is my partner in crime. I credit a lot to my family – they have definitely influenced my career aspirations, competitive nature and positive outlook on life. It means a lot to me that they cherish their Estonian roots and instilled it in my life, it makes me feel more connected to this country.
4. Now that you are in Europe, which countries do you really want to visit and why?
I love travelling and want to explore as many countries as I can. I’ve already been to Portugal, and really want to travel south to Italy, Greece and Spain! I’ve never been before and the pictures look absolutely stunning. I’m also looking forward to taking a ski trip in Vienna, and meeting up with my Canadian friends in Dublin to celebrate St. Patricks Day!
5. Do you have any hobbies?
I’ve always loved sports and grew up ski racing and sailing. I love to hike and run, especially when I travel or am stressed out. I also love meeting new people and hanging out with friends. I feel totally unproductive when I’m at home, so I love exploring new places and cafes.
6. If you could do the job of your dreams, what would it be?
Ever since I was younger, I loved throwing parties! My friends can attest – I look for every excuse to throw one and I’m addicted to creating aesthetically pleasing decorations, drinks and appetizers. My dream job would definitely be an event planner.
7. What has been the most awkward moment of your life so far?
I think it’s the countless times I’ve been kicked out of bars and clubs for falling asleep. I have a talent for passing out anywhere.
8. What are the three things you can’t live without?
- Water bottle filled with lemons – plain water just doesn’t cut it.
- Mascara – addicted from a young age, I feel naked without it.
- Cutting boards – I high-key love beautiful cutting boards, it makes food 100 times prettier. Charcuterie boards are my go-to, 99% chance I’ll make one when my friends are over.
9. Did you bring something absolutely useless here but that you could not have left in Canada?
Packing was such a struggle – I ended up packing a ton of clothes even though I only wear about 1/4 of them. The rest of the 3/4 I never end up wearing but couldn’t bring myself to leave them in Canada, so they’ll most likely just hang out in my closet for the semester.
10. Do you have something to say goodbye?
I’ve already falling in love with this country, the history, the culture and the people. I’m excited for the next 5 months to discover everything this beautiful place has to offer!
Photo: Jackie Muru
Editor: Kärt Mättikas