1. Introduce yourself with 3-5 sentences in such detail as possible.
Hey! My name is Karmen. This is my first year in EBS University and I am studying International Business Administration and Finance. I am also an active member in EBS Student council as the sports field manager. I really like to read, I love to discuss books and I love people. I have many acquaintances but only a few of them are really close friends. My favorite subject in high school was math, I like puzzles and challenging mind games.I am also very adventurous, I love to try new and different things so if you have a crazy activity that you want to do but not alone then call me up! 🙂
2. Reveal 3 secrets about yourself.
My real hair color is actually blonde.
I am the only girl in my family and I have four brothers.
I have lived in seven different cities in Estonia.
3. In June, you graduated from EBS High School. Why did you choose to continue your studies at EBS?
I really liked EBS High School. I loved the people and the small amount of students so the school seemed like a big family and also the teachers were amazing. There was never a day when I didn’t want to go to school. During my last year I knew that I had always wanted to study business in the best school I could go to. Since I decided to continue my studies in Estonia, EBS was my only choice. Yet, I still want to go abroad with Erasmus and this is also one of the reasons why I chose it – EBS has over 60 partner universities all over the world. They have made it very easy for students like me to go study abroad. Another things are the connections that you can get from EBS. That is also one of the reasons why I am in student council, to build a network.
4. In high school, you were an active member of Student Council. Why did you choose to take part of the Student Council in university too and what are your responsibilities for the upcoming year? What are the benefits of taking part in SC work?
The people. I love active individuals who want to do more in school than just study. It is a way in university to find new friends and learn how to organize different kinds of events. This year I am The Field Manager of Sports, so me and my incredible team want to bring out all the sporty Ebsters and advance the healthy lifestyle among everyone. The benefits, as I said, are meeting new people and gain experience.
5. You were pretty entrepreneurial in high school too – you can read from here http://ebster.ebs.ee/2017/03/13/ebsikate-esmaspaev-karmen-maria-kotter/. What has happened to your student company? Do you see yourself in the future as an entrepreneur?
Right now we have closed the company because you are allowed to run a student enterprise only for a year. We didn’t want to continue with it because we had new and better ideas already in our heads.
In the future I definitely see myself as an entrepreneur. I want to lead a company which deals with export and import. My goal also is to build up the best team I could ever dream of. I want to be that kind of a leader who will push her team forward and help as many people she can on a daily basis.
6. Who has been your biggest inspiration in life?
My biggest inspiration has been one of my trainers Joel Juht. He is a dancer, trainer, teacher, entrepreneur, activist and everything else at the same time. He is a self-made man who has built up JJ-Street Dance School. I think it is one of the best organizations in Estonia and even in the world. He has inspired me to do more everyday, to try new things and to be who I am.
7. If you could pack your bags right now and a plane would take you anywhere you wanted for a week, where would you go and why?
Right now I would love to go to Paris. I think the fall there is the most magical. I would drink some good coffee, enjoy Laduree macarons and, of course, I would shop til I drop.
8. You can invite three people to dinner, living or dead. Who do you invite and why?
Oh wow, there are so many but if I only get to choose three, then one of them would definitely be Dale Carnegie. He was a famous American writer who wrote books about self-improvement. One of my favorite books “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is a must-read for everyone. The book explains human psychology in a very simple way, how to understand people and how to communicate with them. After reading this book I saw people in a very different way and learned so many tricks and tips about selling myself as an entrepreneur and getting what I want. One interesting fact about the book is that it was actually published in 1936 and is still one of the best-selling books of all time.
Secondly, I would love to have dinner with Queen Elizabeth II. She has seen every part of life there is. She knows so many secrets about wars, businesses, people, countries, etc. The stories she could tell and the advice I could ask for. It might be an odd choice but I love influential women and she definitely is one of them.
Lastly I would choose Friedrich Nietzsche. One of my favorite subjects is philosophy. I would love to know his thoughts about the life we live right now. What would be his opinion about the way people think and what they value in the 21st century. I don’t know what we would eat but we surely would need lots of coffee to just keep talking.
9. Share with us an awkward moment that you have experienced.
It happened during my first Opening Ceremony in EBS in 2015. I sat in the second row because I had to go on stage to collect my scholarship diploma. As you can imagine I was very nervous, first day in a big hall with so many unfamiliar people. When they called out my name I stood up and 10 seconds later – boom! – I was on the ground. I tripped on my bag. The whole auditorium was motionless. There was nothing else for me to do than to stand up, walk to the stage and smile. The next day, everyone at school knew me. I was the girl who tripped.
10. Your favourite quote.
I found it many, many years ago from a book and unfortunately I don’t remember the author but the quote/thought is the following:
“If there is something that you want and you know how to get it or do it, but you don’t, then you simply don’t understand the reason why you should go for it.”
Editor: Kärt Mättikas
Translater: Triin Tikk
Picture: Karmen Kotter