Introduce yourself briefly
Hi! I am a 21-year-old young man from Jõgeva. By nature, I am full of positivity, I am also highly motivated and very ambitious. I always dream big and put out the best of me to fulfil those dreams.
I was raised in Jõgeva where I also went to school. Then my path led me to the military – firstly to Jõhvi, Viru Infantry Battalion, then, to Tapa Air Force Battalion. After military, I worked on different positions and fields for a year and now I’m a first-year student of Entrepreneurship and Business management at EBS.
Three facts about you
- I love to try out new experiences because life is for enjoying different things.
- I have sang at Estonian Song Festival and have also danced at Estonian Dance Festival, twice.
- I want to have a full sleeve of tattoos of things on both of my arms that remind me of people, animals and memorable events that are important to me. I have already thought of a few sketches that are waiting for the right time.
How did you find your way to EBS?
When I was a kid, I dreamt about being a bank director. From this point on, my dreams have been orbiting around entrepreneurship because I found that I could achieve my life goals and grow as a person through it while contributing to the development of my company.
Throughout the past few years, the will to do great things has deepened even more. After looking through the studying opportunities in Estonia, EBS caught my eye, which is why I applied and left my then-current job to move to Tallinn.
You are somewhat tied to the company named Playtech. Tell us what are you doing for them and how did you end up there?
Before starting my studies at EBS, I lived in Tartu for some time and I worked at the Playtech office as a technical support specialist. In general, I had to offer technical support to the clients and partners of Playtech. This meant troubleshooting and solving technical issues and problems, working with different specialists and a lot of more things I find difficult to put into words.
I would say that a bold attitude and leaving a good impression helped a lot with getting the job. In conclusion, it was a really pleasurable job experience which gave me an opportunity to showcase myself in a positive manner and find many new connections for the rest of my life.
What do you do on your free time?
I like to do sports on my free time, I especially love football, basketball and going to the gym. I also try to run as much as I can, either in the mornings or at evenings.
I enjoy being on the computer. In the winters I really love snowboarding, taking time off and taking in the beauty of snowy winters. I generally really like nature and I often find myself not thinking of anything and just gazing at the magnificent nature or the surrounding cityscape.
In autumns I try to go to Võhandu canoeing marathon and in summertime I take pleasure of swimming, grilling and other summer activities. In addition, I love going to sauna.
Where did you get the idea to go to Võhandu maraton? How did you prepare for it?
I have participated in Võhandu Marathon twice this far. The first time I went through the marathon with my dad. The second time, when I was with my father and my brother, we had to unfortunately stop at halfway through.
At the first time the idea came to me unexpectedly. I came home one night, and my dad came to the door, holding a phone in his hand, and told me: “Let’s go to Võhandu Marathon. My friend just invited us, he’s also going.” At the time, I didn’t even know what kind of a marathon it was, but my answer was “yes, of course we’ll go”. When I finally got to know what we are dealing with, I was a little bit shocked at first because I had only been in a canoe once before, so it felt like an impossible mission to go through the 100 km marathon with only two of us in that boat.
We didn’t have a great preparation. I went to the gym once in a while, but it didn’t have any influence on the marathon really. The first time we sat in our canoe was on the day of the competition – the first thing that happened was that our seat attachments broke. We fixed that by putting empty water bottles under our seats.
The marathon itself was really challenging. We had to force and motivate ourselves to continue and to finish what we had started. We held on and did it, finally!
It was an awesome experience and I think that’s where I got the marathon bug from. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is even slightly interested in it – seeing the nature is totally worth the trouble.
Tell us about your ambitions and dreams which you want to accomplish in the next 20 years.
20 years is a long time and I believe that in that period my ambitions and dreams may drastically change. However, I definitely want to travel and discover the world as much as I can. I’d like to go to Iceland and Canada, maybe even live there for a few years.
In a shorter period, I plan on creating my company so that I could have the time and opportunity in the future to enjoy life and take the time to be with my family. In addition, I’d like to own at least two big dogs in the future!
If you could live a life of any celebrity, who would it be and why?
An inspiring, positive and good-hearted celebrity whose life seems great is Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson. I’d choose him because his values and views on life are really similar to the ones I aspire to follow in my life.
A food to what you can’t say “No” to?
Tough one. I enjoy trying different foods and because my mom is a trained chef who is experimental with food, I have the opportunity to try a lot of different and special dishes. So, in general I think that the dishes I can’t say “no” to, are my moms’ dishes. On the other hand, I could also never say “no” to my grandmothers’ pancakes.
A quote you live by?
I keep a lot of quotes in mind that I like, but the most important words come from my father. He has said that everything you accomplish, you have to do with your own mind and two bare hands – no one is going to serve success on a silver platter, so you have to work hard to accomplish your dreams.
Editor: Tea Teesalu
Translator: Marlen Kuusk