Introduce yourself shortly.
I am Hanne-Lore from Tallinn. I am a second year student of International Business Administration. My friends call me Hannekas. I would describe myself as a temperamental extrovert with an open mind. I speak a lot and very fast. I do that beacause I have a habit of forgetting things, so I want to get it all out before I could forget. I am almost always speaking my mind and getting my opinions heard. If I have something to say then I won’t hold back. Also, I can be quite easily affected. The only thing which I won’t let myself be affected by are salespeople at the malls.
Three facts about you.
- I am an impatient person. I always want to get everything right away, then and there.
- I have gone through a Scouts journey, which means walking 30km in a row.
- I don’t like horror movies.
Why did you choose to study at EBS?
According to my initial plans, I didn’t really anticipate coming to EBS at all. I applied for EBS only in August and relatively at the last minute. When I came to the interview, I thought that I would just come and see what kind of a school it was, because I hadn’t heard much about EBS before. During the conversation, I felt that something was calling me here. The people were nice and the challenges were appealing. What was crucial for me was the opportunity to go to the Erasmus exchange and the fact that this idea was very much supported here. Although in high school I was sure that business is one of the last things I will ever study, I have now studied at EBS for a year and a half and so far I have been very satisfied.
You were a member of the Student Council’s International Club last year. Now, you are its field manager. Why have you chosen this field?
Again, the International club was not my first choice when I applied to the council. I didn’t know much about the International club at that time, nor did I understand what purpose it should serve. However, as I was very interested in getting involved in the student council, I agreed to any assignment. Over time, I realized how the International club works and what is its purpose. With the Int club, we help Erasmus students adjust to living in Estonia. We introduce them to Estonia and Estonians. We explain that it’s okay here if no one smiles at them or if the cashiers often won’t say hello. Estonians are actually very nice people, it just takes us a little longer starting to trust someone. Of course, there are exceptions.
As an open-minded person, I enjoy interacting with very different people. I am happy to help them with both my advice and strength, and in general it is always a great time to spend time with Erasmus students, because everyone is from very different cultural backgrounds and it is very cool to interact with such people. You start to look at some things differently and your worldview widens.
Why would you recommend the new ebsters to join the student council?
The Council is a place where you can spend time with like-minded people, organize fierce events and create unforgettable memories. If you have some spare time and energy, it is definitely worth applying to the Student Council. And if you have great will, but not enough time, you can also join as a project-based member.
What would your dream destination be, and what would you like to do there?
I have two types of dream trips. One is a ski trip and the other is a warm destination trip.
A dream of a ski trip would be to go skiing in the Alps with my friends. The destination could be Switzerland, Italy or France. I dream of skiing in the Alps all day long, doing a couple of races, having hot cocoa at lunchtime and ending the day with a decent afterskii.
However, since most of my friends don’t know how to ski, and probably have no idea of what a proper ski trip looks like, they would need to have one quick ski training and a lesson of the rules of an awesome ski trip.
A dream warm country trip would again be with friends. I would like to discover the Philippines, Bali or the Maldives. I would like to discover the nature and wonderful views there. I would like to lie on the silky sand on the beach, soak up the sun and enjoy the food and drink experiences there. And in general, I really enjoy going on adventures with friends.
You have done horseback riding. How did you find such a hobby?
Yes, I used to do equestrian sports for 10 years before university. I had to quit, when I came to university. Now I go to the stable less often, either to help someone with horses or if someone wants to go on holiday, I will be someone’s stepmother for a while.
I can’t say the specific reason why or why this sport is so close to my heart. I’ve probably just learned so much from it, and it has given me a lot as a person. Dealing with horses is like a balm for my soul. They just have won my heart and so it is! I have learned from equestrian sports that you have to enjoy the small things (small victories are the sweetest) and that not all days are brothers, and that’s okay if a few days have completely failed. I have learned to find something positive in every situation, because I set a goal in training so that I would not go home in a bad mood from training.
I discovered horseback riding completely by accident. I was on holiday with my family in Hiiumaa and one day I thought I would like to go horseback riding. We went to some random farm, where they offered guests to hike in the forest with horses. The longer I hiked, the more I started to like it. That’s where the bug came from and will probably stick with me for the rest of my life.
What is your greatest dream?
I am not a very persistent person, my dreams change and new ones are constantly popping up. One sure thing I dream of is swimming with dolphins. I have had this dream for a very long time. Since I have many very different dreams, one day, I would like to sum my life up with “Wow, I managed to fulfill all of them! Awesome!”
If you could be a man for a day, what would you do?
I would invite the girl for a date! And I would arrange it to be the coolest and most memorable date of her life, ever!