Chill, strong and sincere – these words describe our main character today. Take a closer look behind Kerli’s deceiving outer image and learn about the difficulties that changed her life for better. Let’s get inspired!
Introduce yourself briefly.
I am Kerli, a 23 year old girl and a first year student of International Business Administration at EBS. I am also a member of the EBS student council at the Marketing field.
I grew up in Keila. I have lived in Tallinn for the last 5 years. I am dancing and coaching at JJ-Street Dance School on a daily basis. From the age of 3 I practiced gymnastics for 9 years and for the last 11 years I have been doing street dance, mainly the vogue dance style.
Believe it or not, I am a complete introvert by nature, and very few people have seen my extroverted side. The best word to describe me would probably be “chill”, as I am calm, and I think long before saying anything. Although I may seem arrogant to some at first, I truly value a sincere, open and honest relationship above all else.
Tell us three facts about yourself.
- I am an Aquarius and love the sea above all. I go swimming all year around and one of my biggest dreams is definitely to learn how to surf one day.
- My favorite music artist is J.Cole, whose lyrics I have even tattooed on my hand.
- I love long, profound mystery genre and mind-bending movies, but my all-time favorite series is Gossip Girl, which I’ve watched at least 5 times from start to finish.
How did you find your way to EBS?
When I graduated from high school in 2016, I was 100% sure that I would never raise a foot to university, and well… 4 years later, here I am. When I started having thoughts about going to a university, of starting to study again and of making new acquaintances, I immediately knew that EBS would be my only choice in Estonia. I believe that the biggest influence in making that choice was one of my best friends, who is currently a third year student in EBS. I heard a lot of good about the school – and to be honest, the preliminary work on subjects, teachers, events and the general school life was thorough.
You dance. Talk about it, and tell us what is your favorite dancing style?
Yes, I have been dancing at JJ-Street Dance School for 11 years now, and for the last 4 years I have also been a dance teacher in Pärnu, where I go twice a week. My undisputed favorite, and love at first sight, was a dance style called vogue. It is the most feminine street dance style, inspired by, as the name suggests, the fashion magazine Vogue. Vogue is feminine, graceful and it has everything to do with posing, runway walking and definitely flexibility. Vogue is a great way to get out of the shell of being shy, and is an ideal method of self-expression without saying any words.
If you could set aside all your responsibilities right now, and if Covid-19 didn’t exist, what would you do right now?
Before the start of Covid-19, in the summer of 2020, we were planning to go to both New York and LA to dance and train ourselves, so, the first thing I’d probably do, would be packing my suitcases and driving to the airport.
You have overcome great difficulties in terms of health. Would you be willing to talk about it in more detail and how were you able to remain positive at that time?
Yes, I can talk about it. In 2016, exactly during the high school graduation exams and graduation ceremony, I received chemotherapy and radiation treatment because I was diagnosed with stage II Lymphoma, which in other words is lymph cancer – I had several small tumors in the neck and a large tumor between my lungs. The whole treatment process lasted somewhere around 8 months, and now, in retrospective I have to admit that everything that I lived through was one of the best things that has happened to me. It is insane how such situations make you think and reconsider what and who is really important in life. From that moment on, my life changed completely, and only towards positivity.
How to stay positive? I think you need two things. Firstly, family and friends who support and are there for you, and who bring you the gummy bears and McDonald’s to the hospital before you start vomiting as a result of chemo at night. And secondly, actually even more important, is your way of thinking, because at the end of the day we humans are alone and left with our own thoughts. If those thoughts are negative, most likely, no one else besides yourself can help you. I have read a lot of success stories and, so to speak, self-development books. I believe that it has helped me a lot. In addition, I am surrounded by positive and wonderful people. And my number one understanding of life is that everything happens for a reason, just accept the situation.
What is your greatest dream?
My greatest dream is to be in good health for the rest of my life. To be happy and to be surrounded by people who are honest and sincere, and who love me. To wake up every day with a specific goal and to enjoy every moment of the day.