Meet Me Monday: Vanessa Yasmine Birgitta Roosmets
- Introduce yourself shortly.
If I’m not making any to-do lists or Excel tables, you can probably find me telling a story to someone.
- Three facts about you.
- I love to sleep with my window open even if it’s freezing cold outside.
- I don’t like apple juice. I haven’t since I was a kid and I still don’t. Actually, I don’t like most of the apple-flavoured products.
- Almost everything in my life is organised and colour-coded down to the smallest details (documents, Drive etc). I can blindly tell where everything is exactly.
- Why did you choose to study at EBS?
Mainly because of how personal the school is. It’s important to me that the lecturer knows my name and also why not my background/goals/ambitions – you name it. That’s the only way studying can be more than just attending classes, taking notes and reading course materials. Also, I’ve never really been the one to study just for the grades (I don’t consider it to be the most important factor), so the practical experience of the lecturers and the way they
teach is very important. Like every ebster, creating a versatile network has been one of my goals. There are sooooo many cool students at EBS and since most of us are over-achievers, you have to take the time to get to know new people. We all have our comfort zones, but I really advise you to declare some subjects with different courses and sit next to someone you don’t know yet – they could be your future business partner or a friend for life. 😉
- You’ve been the head of the Student Council and currently you’re the education counselor. Why do you think it’s important to be a part of the council?
Since I’ve never really understood people who just make their way through life and simply exist, I think it’s vital to have the possibility to speak out and help change the daily student life for the better. The Student Council is a great way to do that – both in school and outside of it. As an active student, you get so many opportunities that the regular ones don’t even know about. I think university is the time of your life where you can go crazy taking up all the awesome things you’re offered. Even if it all doesn’t go as planned (there’s always something that doesn’t work out), it’s better to make these mistakes now and learn from them to be wiser in the future!
Of course, I must mention the ones with whom I’ve done it all. I think the people I can always rely on have sat in the room 208 more than a few times during the past two years until Viktor from the front desk calls and says: “Ladies, maybe it’s time for you to go home. I’d like to lock up the school for today.”
- What are you the most proud of careerwise so far?
Honestly, that’s a tough one. Different recognitions and achievements have definitely been memorable but I feel the proudest when I have done well at something and I get the chance to take more responsibility or do new and exciting things.
- Name three things on your bucket list.
- Swim in the starry night at Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives.
- Take part in the Mille Miglia race in Italy.
- Enjoy the Brazilian carnivals in Rio de Janeiro.
- How do you spend your free time?
During my spare time, I work actively in various organisations, especially non-profit ones. Having done several years of volunteer work, I’m a board member at YFU (Youth For Understanding). I recently took up a new challenge and became the head of the supervisory committee at Estonian Student Unions.
If I have some time left from all the other activities, I usually spend my time preparing for the following days, reading or watching some TV-series. If the weather is nice, I like to go for a walk or ride my bike.
For me, the best way to gather my thoughts is when I’m driving, so that’s my ultimate me-time I’ll never get enough of.
- If you could live the life of anyone famous, whose would it be?
Despite her short life, I would most likely choose Jeanne d’Arc. It would be rather awesome to experience a life during a time one can’t really imagine nowadays. It would be a massive honour to be a legend in my favourite country’s history, having successfully led the French army during the 100-year war.
- If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I’d like to have the power to obtain information ever quicker, especially reading. Since I’ve always loved it and there are so many great and interesting books out there, it’s really sad, that I’ll never get to read some of them since there’s not enough time.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
The ones closest to me know that I could easily copy my 10-year-plan here or tell you everything about it. Though I’m quite goal-oriented, I’m always open to changes and when I feel that something’s not going the way I want it to, I’ll immediately start thinking of ways how to make it work. The long-time goal has always stayed the same but the ways to achieve it have varied.
To put it shortly, in 10 years I’d like to be in a place where I can have a nice balance between being in France and Estonia. I know that my job, which will allow me to challenge myself, will always be a priority, so I won’t probably retire young. Then again, I work daily to have the freedom to do whatever I want in the future.
- Your favourite quote.
Since I’m an absolute quote fan, I have collected a lot of them but at the moment the one that inspires me the most is:
You cannot lead a battle if you think you look silly on a horse.
Translator: Triin Tikk
Editor: Kart Mättikas
Photo: Vanessa Yasmine Birgitta Roosmets