Introduce yourself briefly:
I am a 21-year-old active and ambitious girl and a first-year student at EBS. I’m from Viimsi but for about 7 years I lived in Norway. I’ve done sports since I was a little kid and it’s still a big part of my everyday life. I started my studies at EBS this fall and my field of study is Entrepreneurship and Business Management. I am also a member of the Student Council’s Events Team.
Apart from school I am currently working at Bershka where I’m the coordinator of accessories. I’m also a trainee at American Chamber of Commerce in Estonia where I help out by organizing the Transatlantic Business Award 2019.
Three facts about you
- I’m a big fan of esotericism and astrology;
- I was a competitive swimmer for about 10 years in both Estonia and Norway;
- I am one of those people who doesn’t eat pineapple on pizza.
How did you end up at EBS?
After graduating from high school I didn’t jump right into applying to different universities which I am happy for because I got to think about it a little bit and look for many opportunities. A part of me wanted to go to study in Canada or in the Netherlands. I was familiar with many opportunities but when I found EBS I realised that there is a big chance that other schools and going abroad will be out of picture. I had heard a lot of good things about studying at EBS and right after the interview I knew that this was the place I belonged to. The most heartwarming moment was when a few days later, one of the commission members told me that I am a true ebster!
You lived in Norway for almost 7 years. How was it? Which are the most awesome memories from that time?
My teenage years in Norway were interesting and went well although the environment is completely different. Getting to know a new culture and learn a completely new language (which I understand now fully, I also know some Swedish and Danish) is very educating and I am really happy that I got to be a part of something like that in such a young age. I’m really grateful to my friends there for the patience to teach me the language and for taking me on board so fast but at the same time accepting and respecting my origin.
The most special moments were the ones when I had visited Estonia and my return was always something my friends looked forward to. It was always fun to see their reactions when they got to try some food from Estonia. For example, when they saw dark bread, they thought it was completely burnt and they were afraid to try it out. Thanks to them, I now have two places to call my home.
You also went on an adventure to Australia. Why did you go and what did you do there?
My life in Estonia seemed to be standing still at one moment so I decided to go to Australia to travel and work on my own to put myself in a position where I have to accomplish things all by myself. For example stepping outside of my comfort zone and overcoming my fears. Those fears I overcame will stay with me for the rest of my life. Looking back at that time, I’m more than thankful for doing it. It teaches a lot and because of it, I have realised what really matters in life!
I mainly worked in Australia. For example, I spent two months at a winery where I learned to drive a tractor and some other vehicles. I did things that maybe some city person will never do, so I got a lot of different experiences there.
I think that one of the most memorable moments was one early morning when we were still working. There was a stunning sunrise, the colours were indescribable and at that same moment some kangaroos jumped in front of the tractors and stayed with us for some time. It was also fun to discover Sydney and Melbourne! (And no, I did not see a single snake there!)
What did life abroad give you?
Being in Australia gave me a lot of confidence, courage and made me more independent. It showed me that I can achieve every goal I have set for myself. It also helped to prioritise things and make me see life in different colours.
After coming back home, I value the life in Estonia so much more and I’m happy for my opportunities here. I think that living there made me mature enough to begin a new chapter in my life.
You are a real fashionista. In addition to that, you are an ambassador of Apranga Group – what does that mean? What is the most fascinating thing about fashion for you?
Apranga Group is the biggest retail concern in Baltics which include stores like ZARA, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Aldo etc. Being an ambassador means to represent the company at different events, on social media, and being the face of the company for advertising. For example, there are many different advertisements around Tallinn where all of the ambassadors of Apranga Group are pictured.
I’ve always been drawn to fashion. What attracts me is the freedom to play with different colours and patterns, wear the things that impersonate you and make you feel good.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?
It would be me in 10 years time. Because I know what kind of a person I want to become and where I want to be. I am my biggest motivator and I am convinced that the best example to set for myself is indeed myself.
The craziest thing in your wishlist?
To be one of the superheroes of Marvel’s universe.
A quote to life by?
Dare to dream big because that’s how the greatest deeds are born.
Editor: Tea Teesalu
Translator: Marlen Kuusk