Give us a brief introduction of yourself.
I’m bold, sociable, opened to new challenges and result oriented. Last year, I graduated from EBS Entrepreneurship and Business Management field of study. Now, I am studying Marketing and Finance Management (Master’s degree) at Tartu University. On my free time I play football at FC Flora football club and I am one of the National team candidates.
Three facts about you.
- In addition to playing football, I have been practicing singing also.
- I played chess for 5 years at Paul Keres chess school.
- I like to read crime novels.
You are an alumni, but you are still occasionally seen at the EBS. What brings you here again and again, and why?
One of the reasons, why I am still seen at school is that I am in an Sports team. A thing that plays a big part of it, is that I have also found encouraging and helpful friends from EBS.
After graduation I definitely was happy about the fact that „ OH, I don’t have to go to school there anymore“, but as the time passed, I realised that I was missing something.
There is always something going on at EBS, would it be some kind of an interesting project or something else, I am always interested in putting in my effort into these things.
You have seen four different collectives of Student Council, and have helped building up the Sports field from zero. What has changed throughout these years in the Student Council’s work?
The memories of the first year have faded away for the most part. What I can say, is that there wasn’t a precise structure and things went as the find blew. The first thing for me was feeling the boundaries, understanding how the Council worked and how to do something which would be important to the school as a whole. The Sports team didn’t exist back then but I was mainly responsible for everything in that matter. We started to take part in EAS seminars and taking part of the summer games got a new definition for us.
On the contrary, the second year was a year of changes. Many things were modified. A more formal background was formed, they built up a more stable structure and they were keeping an uniform vision in mind. We, in the Sports field, started to hold ball practice classes regularly and we managed to include more students than the previous year.
For me, the third year was the most productive of them all. I was focused on the council more than ever. With the Sports team we managed to recreate the trainings and the events of the previous year, and they have grown into traditional events. We put really much effort into Winter and Summer games, and the numbers of participants’ confirmed it.
In the fourth (present) year, I am voluntarily in the Sports team. I contribute with the experience I have gotten from the past years and I help my team as much as I can. My main goal is to stand for active lifestyle and I try to pass it on at EBS.
You play football at FC Flora, which is the Estonian champion, Cup winner, Supercup winner at the moment, and they start to play Champions League in the summer. How did you find your way into the world of football and what fascinates you about it?
I chased the ball around already when I was only six years old, but I started training at 8 years old when I played together with boys because there were no practices for girls at the time. A few years later I started dancing and the football was left to the background. An important turn happened when I had just got 15 years old and instead of going to my dance classes I started to go and play football with boys. After that I made a decision to go back to the football practices. That is how I found myself at FC Flora girls practice and within a year I managed to train my way up to the Youth national team.
In the summer of 2016 I played the entire season at Sweden DFK Värmbol football club where I learned a lot about myself and made a huge jump in my personal development regarding football. How did I find myself in Sweden? It started in the second half of january of 2016. I spent several weeks in Sweden. DFK Värmbol had risen from Division 2 to Division 1 (which is a Second tier league or Esiliiga by our definitions). I decided to participate in futsal cup in Sweden, which meant that I had to transfer my papers and it was a real step towards playing the next season in Sweden. The tournament gave me an introduction to the entire year, if I think about it now. The level was so much higher: the players were much bigger than they were in Estonia. I studied and worked in Estonia, meanwhile I played football in Sweden. What was it like? Well, even I don’t know how I did manage to find the time and energy for it. My Schedule consisted of staying two weeks in Estonia and two weeks in Sweden.
After the time in Sweden I came back to Estonia and I started to play in Meistriliiga which is the first tier league in Estonia. In 2018 we became Estonian champions for the first time with Flora. In addition, we won the Cup and the Super Cup, which means that we won everything that there was to be won.
What are your plans for the future?
My nearest goal is to get my Master’s degree and as many professional experiences as I could. In a five years’ time I see myself as a middle manager in some foreign country and in 10 years I would like to be the master of my own time whilst promoting active lifestyle.
Give us some great advice how to plan your time better, and how do you manage to get everywhere on time.
For me, it’s a mix of three components: making choices, planning time according to your own abilities and doing things that you actually like.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
It would be the ability to clone myself so I could be in different places at the same time.
Your favourite quote.
„Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.“ – Tony Hsieh
Translator Marlen Kuusk
Editor Liisa-Maria Lillepea