Introduce yourself briefly.
My name is Marlen. I am an entrepreneurship and business administration student, and EBSTER’s field manager, here at EBS. I would describe myself as a pretty straightforward person. I am totally an overthinker and my self-criticism is probably one of my best and one of the worst qualities I possess.
When I am not walking in the bogs or somewhere in the nature then you could probably find me cruising on my longboard or sitting at the seaside.
Three facts about you.
I am usually not a brand-loyal person. And even though I have every possible gas station available near my home, I still find myself at Alexela for some unknown reasons. Also, you could probably see me wearing Vans sneakers 99% of the time.
I am a person who likes to argue and discuss on different topics. Not because I like to just argue, but because it gives me a chance to evolve and see the world, situations, and people from different perspectives.
Pine forests, cars and hammocks are my favourite places to be.
You are the Field Manager of EBSTER now. What articles are wort to keep an eye on?
Of course, Meet Me Mondays and Meet The Teachers will continue to be published. They are great sources for students to learn something interesting about the people in our small EBS community.
However, I suggest keeping an eye on the DISCOVER panel, where you could find educating and interesting content from time planning to finding a job abroad.
You are currently on academic leave. What are you planning to do with that time?
I actually planned to concentrate on self-development on a more personal level this semester. To read some books, take on new challenges, and to contribute to myself. I hope to find a new and exciting job despite the corona situation, so that I could commit to that in a longer perspective.
How was your exchange semester in Austria?
Despite corona, my exchange semester was awesome. In some ways I am even thankful that I was there at the time. It felt like there was more freedom in Vienna than here, in Estonia. And because half of the courses were held online, I had more spare time on my hands.
Of course, I didn’t get to travel to other countries as planned. But there is something good in every bad. Due to that, I feel like Vienna became so much more homely and sweet to me, since I spent more time there, discovering the city, nature and amazing places with my friends.
Which was the most memorable moment from your exchange semester?
It’s hard to pick a one memorable moment, because there was more than enough of those. What comes to my mind first is the very first day in Vienna – especially the moment when we excitedly stepped into our new home for the first time and looked through every room in the apartment with my flat mate – these emotions were just so pure.
However, I could also not forget the last night in Vienna, when I was outside with my local friend all night long. We even managed to look at the sunset from Leopoldsberg and I arrived home after 5 AM, just an hour before I had to leave for my flight.
More than anything, I’ll remember all the cool people I got to meet and spend my time with.
Would you recommend going on an exchange to other students? Why?
Absolutely! I think that anyone, that has thought about it for even a second, should definitely go. Just do it!
Going on an exchange will give you an opportunity to learn more about yourself and others around you. You will possibly become more independent, will challenge yourself and widen your horizon. It’s possible that your values will change. You will most definitely meet awesome people and experience things that you never imagined.
Going on an exchange will let you create unforgettable memories which you’ll probably even remember when you are old.
Your greatest dream?
Obviously, it’s not the most original answer, but I dream of living my life in a way that I wouldn’t have regrets at the end of my life, for all the things I left undone: not visiting the places I wanted, not creating enough value or not sharing enough love.