- Introduce yourself in 3-5 sentences in as much detail as possible.
Hey! My name is Sara, and I’m from Iran. This is my first year in EBS University and I am studying International Business Administration and Marketing. I’ve also studied MBA with marketing specialization in Tehran University. I am a new member in EBS Student council as a writer at Ebster. You can read my stories there and send me feedback, because I’m always open to hear it.
I really love learning and doing some design activities such as floral design as well as fruit decorating, visual design and so on, and I’ve always watched videos on Instagram and YouTube in my free time about this.
The most important things to me are honesty, open-mindedness, commitment and positive attitude.
I think in developed countries people have more opportunities to gain different experiences. I call that soft knowledge, you should touch them and not acquire just by reading a book, so now I’m so lucky to be in this environment, I do my best to gain as much experiences as I can. Because i am very adventurous, I love trying new and different things, so if you have something in common with me that you want to do but not alone then please let me know.
- Tell us three facts about you that people won’t be able to guess when they first meet you.
I’m look younger than my age.
I have a brother with green eyes and dark ash blonde hair.
I’m very friendly, romantic and when it comes to me, laughter and tears go hand in hand.
- You are from Iran, tell us something about your country.
When I say I’m from Iran, most people mistake it with Iraq, while they are totally different. Iran is an Islamic country in Western Asia with over 81 million inhabitants, and it is the second-largest country in the Middle East, and the 17th largest in the world. Iran’s climate is diverse, ranging from arid and semi-arid, to subtropical along the Caspian coast and the northern forests. Tehran, with a population of around 8.8 million is the capital and largest city of Iran. Iranian speak Persian or in some sources called Farsi. Iranian carpets are very famous around the world and have a share of 30% of world’s export markets. Iran is also the cradle of literature and poetry and has a number of famous medieval poets, most notably Rumi (Mevlevî), Ferdowsi, Hafez, Saadi, and so on. Iranian are hospitable people, especially with foreigners.
- Why did you choose to come and live in Estonia and study at EBS?
It’s a long story, but I have always had an aspiration to work in an international company, and it wasn’t possible in my country. And applying for a job outside of Asia isn’t easy for us. In other hand, because I have a Master of Science, I could apply for a PHD in other countries but I wasn’t sure that I’m going to study PHD or just work in an international company outside of Asia. So, I’ve decided to study a master again to be able to make decisions better for my future by gaining many experiences during these two years. Therefore, I applied to many business schools in different counties, and I got accepted to many of them. But I’ve chosen Estonia mainly because EBS provides marketing that I really enjoy and feel motivated to learn more about, and many other universities persuade me to study MBA again, and as I said I’ve studied it before, and it has no value to me. Secondly, Estonia has recently become synonymous with digital advancement and is at the forefront of e-commerce as well as other emerging business innovations, and also is one of the most affordable countries in the world.
- Compare your usual day in Tallinn and your hometown.
My usual daily life is completely different here in comparison to Iran. In my country I was working and living with my family. Because in Iran, it is traditional that children are living with their family before marriage, I was working in one of the private banks in Iran from morning to evening, and sometimes I went out with my friends, painted and read some novels, helped my mother cook. Here most of the time I’m studying, sometimes painting for myself, watching movies, cooking, cleaning and looking for a job. Here I am responsible for everything, in Iran most was handled by my parents.
- Which brought you to the world of business?
As long as I remember I have always imagined myself as a business woman traveling around the world and consulted other companies to improve their performance by analysing their data, and in my imagination I had always worn a suit and skirt. I also had a suitcase to travel to different countries :). Although I’m an introvert, but based on my experiences in Iran and following my dream, now I think I’m really closer to achieving it than ever before. Business world is very challenging and adventurous, and I love solving problems and dealing with them.
- Introduce your business called Ratahandcraft and where people can find it?
In Iran my friend and I decided to sell Iranian Turkmen scarfs across the country using Instagram, because she is living in Turkmen area, mainly in northern and northeastern regions of Iran, and there are many women there producing these beautiful handcrafts. We’ve decided to sell these beautiful scarfs around Iran because we could not only create jobs, but also transfer and keep Iran’s culture. When I moved here I made an English page in Instagram to familiarize my new friends with these beautiful handcrafts as well. The name of the page is Ratahandcraft: https://www.instagram.com/ratahandcraft/
- What has been your most interesting hobby? Tell us a bit more about this.
Actually, there is not a special hobby, and it is completely dependant on my mood and time, especially since I’ve moved here. But painting, writing about my experiences, cooking, designing with flowers or fruit, reading books, going out with my friends were the usual activities that I was doing in my free time before moving here. Here, writing for EBSTER, working on my English, and cooking are most of my hobbies. But I really like going to gym and following an exercise routinely in my lifestyle, because unfortunately exercising and sport doesn’t define an Iranian lifestyle, and it is very bad. I really admire people here that under any condition follow a sport daily, and most of them are in nice shape.
- What motivates you to work and constantly make progress?
First of all, I believe that the only person that can change my life is me, so if you have something that is far from what you want, either do something for it or give up. Since I can’t give up, I do my best to lessen this distance. Second, my feelings are my signals deep inside of me, they are the language of my soul, and the only thing I’ve tried is just listen to them.
Third, I always try to compare myself with someone I was yesterday, and I never want to be the same person, I have had many times in my life that I feel that life has knocked me down and showed me things I never wanted to see, but when I see the past, I pride myself, and it motivates me not to be afraid of problems and make progress.
- You can invite three people to dinner, living or dead. Who do you invite and why?
It is a very difficult question, as this question is a fancy question I like to answer this question in two ways.
My fancy answer is I wish I could invited some people who can solve everyone’s problems and make them smile, such as Cinderella’s pretty fairy cartoon with a magic stick or giant magic lamp.
From non-fancy point of view, I prefer to meet some people who are related to my major such as Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
- Your favorite quote and why this one?
I have two favorite quotes, the first is “Whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you stronger”, and another one is ‘‘if you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.’’
Editor and translator: Tanel Rõõm