Give us a brief introduction of yourself.
Karl-Erik is said to be a powerful name because Karl and Erik both were the names of kings of Sweden, so my parents put a big responsibility to do something great in my life on me at an early stage of my life. I haven’t achieved anything great yet, at 24 years of age, but I still have some time for that. I can’t introduce myself in a few words, but you could put together some kind of an image of me from the text below.
Three facts about you.
- From an early age, I have been called Köku by my family and friends. The story behind it is left to be told at some other time.
- I like to know some entirely pointless things from the dramas between some Estonian Youtubers to the history of the birth of golf balls.
- After my 18th birthday, I stuffed 2 T-shirts and some shorts into my backpack and went to Australia without any plans.
How did you find your way to EBS?
At first, I planned on going to study the development of IT systems, because computers intrigued me for as long as I remember, and I also have been working in that field for couple of years. At some point I was interested in filming and special effects. In the end, I still decided to not to tie myself up with only one certain field, and that it would be more useful for me to study something more wide-ranging. This kind of mindset got me to EBS, where I am acquiring some knowledge that I can use in any field.
You are a part of EBS sports team, what made you to join student council?
To be honest, I even didn’t imagine being a part of a student council. In my head, I envisioned the people in student councils to always be somebody else, but definitely not me. At the students’ Summer- and Wintergames I was noticed by some key people in the council, who suggested me to definitely to apply for a spot. It stuck with me and I thought to myself – WHY NOT!? I got into the sports team mainly because of the achievements at the Summergames. Today, I could say, I’m not so tied with the activities related to sports that much anymore, because of the increased number of school work and other responsibilities, but I am proud to say that all of the Haba Gala’s graphic design is done by me. 🙂
If you could leave all the responsibilities aside, including school, what would you definitely do?
Last summer I thought that it would be interesting to spend a longer period of time somewhere little further away from civilisation. I took it on as a test and went to live in Naissaare. The life on that kind of an island and the rare charm of the sea makes you to forget all about the problems of the life in a hectic city. Maybe the best description of this is used in a name of an Estonian summer event – „You are a deep breath of fresh sea air and a ferry ride away from being able to shed your mask – on the island you’ll find your true self again.“ Unfortunately, I had to leave Naissaare in two weeks. I would like to try this out one more time, maybe for 3 months or for an entire year this time. In that kind of time, I could maybe even create something with my own bare hands. I don’t know how to build, but I could build some kind of a shelter for myself, and that is better than nothing.
What do you do on your spare time?
In case of a good weather, I could definitely be found playing disc golf somewhere. If I can’t do that, I lift some weights at the gym. But mostly, I spend time with my other half and we always come up with something interesting to do together.
Name some of your favourite places in the world.
It might be the Gili Trawangan island. Go there and find out why. 🙂 Of course, a great competition for the GT island is my own home.
If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?
When I was younger, I would have wanted to fly or teleport. Now I wish, I could stop the time. Sometimes, I just want to have an opportunity to take time for myself and enjoy my own company, without it being at the expense of something else. There is always so much to do, with not enough time…
Your favourite quote.
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
In general, I am not a big fan of quotes, but this one has kind of stuck with me.
Translator: Marlen Kuusk
Editor: Liisa-Maria Lillepea