1. Introduce yourself in a few sentences.
Hey! I’m EBS’s new mascot King of Business. I’m loyal, sophisticated, decisive and energetic… Like a true ebster should be! Like a true bulldog should, I respect the ones close to me and enjoy the time spent with them. It’s almost coded into my DNA, as EBS is already a 30-year-old traditional family business.
2. 3 interesting facts about you:
- The first written notes about my ancestors date back to the 13th century. Like the name indicates, British bulldog is a national English dog breed.
- At first, bulldogs were fight dogs – fights between bulls and dogs were extremely popular in England until the mid 19th century when the Parliament forbid the activity. I think that is the reason why I’m as competitive as I am today and never see giving up as an option.
- The first Kennel bulldogs came to Estonia in the 60s, when the that-time veterinarian of the Tallinn Zoo was gifted a bulldog couple.
3. How are you related to EBS?
I’ve been connected to EBS since 1991 when EBS started choosing the business manager of the year aka King of Business. Nowadays, the bronze bulldog travelling trophy has become the symbol of a strong and viable enterprise.
This spring, I was brought back to life and since June I’ve attended almost every EBS and Student Council event from the academic year Opening ceremony to various sports events. I like getting to know old and new ebsters, so the next time you see me, come say hi and let’s chat. We all know how important the contacts are that we get from EBS. Also, wouldn’t it be cool to take a photo together? 😉
4. What do you do in your spare time?
My first sports debut was at the XIX Student Summer Games organised by the Estonian Academic Sports Federation. I like to think that thanks to my support, Mart Habakuk had so much precision and skill to win the rectors’ competition.
In my spare time I play tennis and golf. This year, I had the opportunity to drive around in a golf cart at the Pickala golf course in Finland and during Madisepäev I practiced putting at Jõelähtme.
I can’t wait for the next spring to show all the ebsters my cool serving skills at EBS Open and to hit at least one ace.
In addition to all that, I’m interested in real estate and investing. I’m keeping an eye on the new EBS campus building progress and can’t wait for the moment when the excavator takes the first dig at the EBS parking lot. I’ve already picked up an attic room from where I can keep an eye on the whole school. I really hope the building will be completed as planned – by 2022.
5. Have you managed to study abroad already or are you planning to?
With great regret, I have to admit that I haven’t yet, but I’m looking forward to EBS International Days when I get to learn more about all the possibilities. I’ve always believed that every experience makes you richer, but intercultural teamwork and learning to work in a new culture enrichen one even more!
There’s nothing easier for exploring the world while studying than a semester abroad and thanks to the mobility window I can take the subjects I want while living living abroad. I’ve explored the thought of going to Kozminsk University in Warsaw – I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback and Leo seems like a really awesome guy! And why not one day go to the Monash University in Australia and see the koalas with my own eyes.
6. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
If I could have one superpower, it would definitely be the ability to teleport – so much to do and so little time to do it! I would love to manage attend every sports competition and social event after handling my business every day all day!
7. Who’s your biggest inspiration?
I’m mostly inspired by entrepreneurial people, who aspire to create something that lasts and changes people’s lives. EBS has an impressive variety of alumni, whose achievements make me word harder and who have boosted the Estonian startup industry immensely. Companies such as Veriff, Taxify and Wolf3D.
8. What advice would you give to your younger self if you had the chance to start your career all over again?
Advice to my younger self (and to everyone) would be not to wait to start something until you think you’re ready. Start now and don’t be afraid to make mistakes! You don’t have to wait until graduation to start your own company, instead do it while studying so you can put everything you’ve learnt into use. Or start a student company when you’re even younger. Of course, always ask for advice from the older and wiser alumni. This rule applies to everyone who has already graduated as well – it’s never too late to start making your dreams come true!
9. Name three things on your bucket list.
- To take at least 100 cool photos with different ebsters in the 2018/2019 academic year.
- To attend the EBS 30th anniversary celebrations on 8th of December in Estonia and meet several hundred interesting ebsters.
- To win the first place at the Summer Students’ Olympic Games in Mascot category at least once in the next three years.
10. Your favourite quote.
No hesitation there that my favourite quote is the legendary saying “Modesty is a virtue, but you will manage better in life without it” by Madis Habakuk.
Editor: Kärt Mättikas
Translater: Triin Tikk
Picture: Vanessa Yasmine Birgitta Roosmets