Meet Me Monday: Ken Põldis
- Introduce yourself shortly.
I am a 21-year-old guy who loves an active lifestyle, dreams big and aims even bigger. I have been studying in EBS since the fall of 2017 but it feels like I have been here forever – I guess it means I have made the right choice! Also, next year I will be the chairman of EBS Student Council.
- Tell us three facts about yourself.
- People don’t often laugh at my jokes but at the way I laugh;
- I have lived in two different states in the US – Virginia and Florida;
- 2 years ago I was elected as the “Star of the year” for my active input as a key volunteer in an international NGO Youth for Understanding. A year later I got elected as a board member.
- Why did you choose to study at EBS?
I chose EBS because of all the opportunities our school provides. Not to list them all but personally I feel that the chance to build up such a network, especially in Estonia, is worth a lot. EBS overall has a good vibe when you walk into the building – you are surrounded by people who are filled with great ideas, motivation and energy. Furthermore, as I have been involved with entrepreneurship since I was a small kid and currently being a board member as well as working on different long-term business ideas, I felt that only EBS could be the right choice to make within our nation’s borders.
- What do you think is the best part of being a member of the Student Council?
The Student Council is a place where sharing your sometimes crazy ideas makes you feel not so crazy, where you can always find a way to try out new things and come in tired but leave filled with energy! J In conclusion, the Student Council is for me a way to give back to our school and our people by organizing the student life, listening and developing new ideas and taking those W’s out of SWOT and turning them into our S’s.
- You were voted to be the Chairman of the EBS Student Council for the school year 2018-2019. What is the first thing you are going to do?
Yes, indeed! I am very thankful that you guys trusted me and gave me this chance. To be honest, the first things are already in process – this week we will reveal a sign-up link in order to recruit new members to our wonderful Student Council team – and many things are yet to come. 🙂
- Name 3 big elements you see potential in / want to develop and make better for Student Council?
As I am also part of a team that is currently making a new strategy for the Student Council, I would like to consider these promises and ideas as well as my own:
- Making students more aware of the Student Council (by involving them more) and making the Student Council more transparent to others;
- Continuing and following the traditions of EBS that keep the student life alive (such as Golden Haba Gala, Sports day, Christmas Dinner, Independence Day celebrations, etc.);
- Following and listening to ideas and thoughts from our students, introducing our school to people from the outside and making EBS stand out.
- On a more personal note, do you have any hobbies?
What I have understood during my childhood is the fact that I can’t remain stable when it comes to hobbies – I have tried singing, dancing, kick-boxing, swimming, basketball – a lot of different stuff. Somehow I still really do enjoy playing tennis and singing but singing ONLY when the music is loud and nobody else can hear me.
- What’s the craziest thing in your bucket list?
As I am afraid of heights, I would love to do the X-Line over Dubai Marina. One day I will do it… hopefully…
- What do you do on your day off?
During my day off I usually wake up late, drink coffee and read news on the terrace. Later I spend a considerable amount of time out with my closest friends visiting cool places or doing something else that’s fun.
- If you could live the life of someone famous which one would you choose?
Warren Buffett – I would like to understand how he can remain that humble while others are hyped and always on the picture.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
In 10 years I would love to have established most of my goals with my career, made most of my business-related dreams come true, given back to the society in a way, met many inspiring people and hopefully (definitely!) be in a position where I can vacation and visit new places at least ¼ of a year.
- Your favorite quote.
“Work hard in silence, let the success be your noise.”
Translator: Triin Tikk
Editor: Kart Mättikas
Photo: Ken Põldis