The Summer 2017 Board&Actives of ESN Joensuu

Do you wanna get to know our ESNers more in detail??? 

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The Board

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Heikki Katajala

President

Hey, I'm Heikki and I'm studying English language and culture at the University of Eastern Finland for now third year (finishing my bachelors soon(ish)). One of these days (but not any day soon) I will be an English language teacher. In the last few years I've been actively in touch with the "international side of Joensuu" by first just being an exchange student's tutor. In January last year I joined ESN as an active member and then, you know... One thing lead to another and here I am. In my free time I like to annoy my neighbors by playing guitar (and singing). I also like to read what our lecturer in fiction calls "the F-word" books - Fantasy. So fret not when a Martin or Tolkien (or Rowling) reference makes it way into conversation. For ESN Joensuu I believe that our team for this semester is great, and that we can do great (and fun) things together.

Email: hkatajal@student.uef.fi

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Maksim Karanovic

Vice-president & LR

My name is Maksim (Max in short), and I'm from Novi Sad, Serbia! I'm a student of Biological Sciences and currently on my exchange year at the UEF in Joensuu.
The Red Cross employee; Medical Technician; Major music and film festival employee; Amateur sound-tech; In love with everything Fantasy/Scifi related.
Currently enjoying the company of the wonderful ESNers in Joensuu, and doing my best to keep up the good work of the previous generations.

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Heli Siponen 

Treasurer and Trip Coordinator 

Terve! I'm Heli and I operate the money and finances here in ESN Joensuu, I also act as the link between ESN Joensuu and Timetravels in the role of trip coordinator. I graduated from UEF back in 2015 and also work as the the secretary for international affairs at ISYY, so you can find me at the Student Union's office :)

Email: kv.joensuu@isyy.fi

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Lina Muncyté

Secretary and Vice-LR

Hey-Diddly-Ho! My name is Lina and at the moment I’m (STILL) doing my MA in English Literature and Culture at UEF. I’ve done my share as an exchange student back in the day and I see this as a way of giving back to the wonderful international community that I've been surrounded by ever since I became a university student back in 2007 (yes, I'm so old that back in my day the parachute pants were the bees knees). I'm very passionate about what I do in this organisation and I'm so lucky to have met so many incredible poeple ever since I joined it (also they tolerate my terrible pun jokes which always means that we're basically BFFs). I believe that anything is possible if you set your mind to it - I wouldn't be in Finland if I hadn't done so myself (also, I wouldn't be an expert at blueberry picking and mushroom hunting, but that's another sory).

Email: lina.muncyte@gmail.com

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Sajed Rabbani

Event Manager

Moi!Terve!Hello people. I am Sajed known as Oni(nickname). I am from Bangladesh and I am doing my Masters in Photonics at UEF. I joined ESN Joensuu in Autumn 2015 as an active member and now as a Photographer (aye! Aye! goes with my subject). Before joining ESN Joensuu I was an active member of ESN Lappeenranta. So, I was kind of familiar with the events and mentally prepared that I will join ESN before coming in Joensuu. To me ESN is a place to meet new people and a platform to do good works for the community

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Clara Reinthaler

Project Coordinator

Hei! My name is Clara and I am the current Project Coordinator. I am an exchange student from Austria and currently in my third year of studying Education. I came here last semester and really enjoyed Joensuu, the nature, but especially the people here. Travelling abroad is, in my opinion, always a very nice opportunity to meet new people and create a better understanding of the world. For that reason, I would like to encourage, but also help people to travel abroad and go on Exchange. A year or semester abroad is a unique experience that you will remember a lifetime (hopefully because it was awesome and not the other way around J )  ESN Joensuu organizes many events that help integrate people into the new community of Erasmus people and locals and that is why I wanted to be part of it. 

E-mail: clarar@uef

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Eric Carmona

Welcome Bags Coordinator

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Kim Murgraal

Sponsorship Coordinator

"Hello everyone, I'm Kim Ordén a 24 year old goofy guy that got stuck in exchange and is trying to fill gaps of not being there with hanging out with exchange students in Joensuu. I'm originally from Espoo, but moved to Joensuu to study game programming in 2012 in Karelia UAS.  i have been involved with international activities in Joensuu since i was an international tutor in 2014. Currently i'm working full time as the CEO/Producer in a game company called Firetail Games, which we founded with our friends in early 2016. I also play bass guitar, which makes me more or less have no value as a human being. I joined ESN Joensuu board to be the sponsorship manager, and i think I can take well care of this because it mostly requires negotiating with local companies. I speak fluent finnish and I'm used to calling and emailing people because of my work experience. I hope I will bring  alot of value to ESN Joensuu as a board member. Ps. I'm also a fennoswede, so I play golf and own a sailing boat"

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Joan Carreres

Communication Manager

Moi, my name is Joan Carreres, who was born in València (Spain). This is my third year in Joensuu, since I came here in 2012 for my exchange.

Currently, I am doing my master in Environmental Biology (save the World!!!). I joint ESN Joensuu back to September 2015 as an active member, where I became the “shopping King” of ESN. Also, I joint the board two times as a comunication manager and yeah, why not a third one?

 
Email: joanc@uef.fi

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Active Members 

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William Lefiot

Hello everybody ! I am a Erasmus student from the south of France. I study Computer Science and I hope I will have my bachelor at the end of this year. I joined the ESN this semester to meet new amazing people, create some event and be more involve in the student life. Enjoy Joensuu !

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ESN JOENSUU ALUMNI (Many thanks to all of you)

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Soukaina Alaoui

Salam! Bonjour! Hello! Anyong! I am Soukaina (Souki for short), the Communication Manager at ESN Joensuu. I am an MBA student who came on exchange to the beautiful Finland. I love languages, music, theatre, all sorts of arts, books, euh….and food (of course duh! ;D). I was able to travel and explore thanks to the Erasmus + program, so I am participating in ESN to give back a little.

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Annelot van Rooij

Hi! I am Annelot, a cultural anthropologist in the making from Utrecht, the Netherlands. I will be in Joensuu for a semester taking social science courses. I want to make the most of my time here in Joensuu and I missed the busy live of organizing things at home so I decided to join ESN. I am the current Event Manager and Social Erasmus coordinator! Let's make it an amazing semester :) 

Email: annelov@uef.fi 

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Abdelbaar Mounadi

Hehooo! I am Abdelbaar MOUNADI from Morocco. My friends call me the free bird (meaning the eagle in our culture), because I am always on the move. I love books, documentaries, travelling, fire-camping in the wilderness, and people. I love seeing people happy, and being a part of their happiness is my passion. And I love coffee. I ended up doing my exchange here in the beautiful city of Joensuu by rare piece of luck and joined the international community of ESN Joensuu in the same way. Now, I am the vice-president and Local Representative -and the trolley driver- of ESN Joensuu. I am benefitting so much and learning a lot from all the amazing people in ESN and UEF alike…

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Noman Ahmed

HelloJello! I am a graphic designer with 6 years of experience and currently a Master student at University of Eastern Finland, With a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Computer Science from GIKI, Pakistan. I have a book pain syndrome because of my love for books, not only reading them but also the design part. 2016 was the best year of my life in which I drank 2 bath tub of coffee (800+ cups), ate 100+ Pizzas and read 150+ books. Besides that I always strive to improve my design skills and knowledge. My background in digital design has given me the opportunity to understand user flow, interaction, and what makes a user experience great. 

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Alexander Sokolov

My name is Alexander, but well,always preferred to be called Alex, I study International Business in Karelia University of Applied Sciences on a fourth year. When i started studying in uni, i was thinking that i'd become some big bad boss, getting paid a lot, and caring about things ... not that much. but now after getting a little more insights on what is going on in the business world i have gotten way more interested in doing something rather important and responsible with my marketing skills. Hence my interest in educational and environmental marketing grew very strong. The Autumn 2015 semester i was the active member of ESN Joensuu, helping to organize several events by mostly collecting prizes for the competitions and games. Since I was rather successful at doing that, I decided to apply, and was voted to become the ESN Joensuu Board Member as an Event and ESN Card manager where my tasks were organizing the events and getting new partners for the ESN Joensuu. I am looking forward to start my work as the board member.

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Christina Cagnina

Hello! I am Christina, but my friends like to call me Chrissi. I am an Erasmus student from Germany and study teaching education in my third year. How to recognize me: I have always a smile on my face and I like to laugh!  During my semester abroad here in Joensuu, I would like to leave a mark in Finland – this is why I decided to join ESN. I also would like to promote Erasmus to my fellow students because it is a wonderful experience. My plan is to take all my ESN knowledge back to my homecountry to give Erasmus students coming to Germany a good time.

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Pavla Wernerová

Hi everyone! My name is Pavla and I am an exchange student at the University of Eastern Finland. I come from the Czech Republic and I study English Language and Literature. I love travelling, tasting exotic food and reading classic English novels. I also love different kinds of sport. Most of the time, I am shy but I can go pretty crazy sometimes. This is already my second Erasmus exchange because I love Scandinavia. For the first time, I fell in love with Sweden so I decided to visit its neighbour. I enjoyed being a part of ESN in Sweden so here I am again in ESN Joensuu.

Email: pavlawernerova@seznam.cz

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Dalva Lamminmäki

Hei! My name is Dalva Lamminmäki. Currently I am a student in Folklore Studies at the University of East- Finland specialising in the study of folk healers in Finland. One of my interests of study is folk metal lyrics, tradition, mythology and the worldview behind them in Finnish folklore. This autumn is my third semester as an international student tutor. Best thing in ESN is to meet amazing people all around the world and to know about other cultures. And I always like to say “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles”.
Just yell “COFFEEEEE….” and I will be there. Finns drink a lot coffee, and I do my share of that really well. Here is a Finnish language lesson number 1: Coffee= Kahvi.

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Katri Herranen

Hello there! My name is Katri and I have been the communications manager of ESN Joensuu during the spring semester 2016. I am a second year law student in the University of Eastern Finland. I was born and raised in Kitee, the promised city of Finnish baseball and “Kiteen Kirkas” aka. Finnish vodka. Sounds promising, doesn’t it? Despite of the fact that I’ve accidentally got hit to the head with a baseball racket, I still have some brain cells left. I might seem a little shy and quiet at first but once I get comfortable I’ll start babbling and making oh-so-funny jokes. I enjoy deep conversations about random topics and love tea, puppies and chocolate. My hobbies (some of them) are daydreaming, playing football and ice fishing. If you have any questions about ESN Joensuu, please feel free to contact me to my

Email: katrih14@gmail.com

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Azra Tayyebi

This is Azra ....Some friends call me "earthquake" and I sometimes call myself "poor blind girl" (do not worry it's a joke J )

If you happen to be in one of streets in Joensuu somewhere after midnight and if you see a girl with white cane in her hand walking and singing, probably that's me! I have been living and studying Information technology in Joensuu since September 2013. I was an active member of ESN Joensuu since 2014 and  the ambassador of ExchangeAbility project since last January. Beside theater, dancing and singing, I love group work. I enjoy working with people who love what are they doing and ESN is one of the best places to meet such people.

We are going to rock it, so come and join us!

Email: azra.tayebi@gmail.com

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Heidi Savokallio

Educational Officer of ESN Finland

Morjens! I’m Heidi, the small Finnish girl who (unlike your stereotypical Finn) doesn’t mind small talk or looking people in the eye. I LOVE the English language, traveling, furry animals (you can meet my baby, Helmi the dog, in some of the ESN events), yummy food and good wine. I don’t like cloudberries, sausages and biscuits. I’ve been an active member in ESN for one year already, and now I finally got the courage to take a bit more responsibility in the form of an event manager! I’m looking forward to some amazing times with all you ESNers and will do my best to help you enjoy your time in Finland to the fullest!

Email: heidi_savokallio@hotmail.com

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Pablo Guillerna Franco

National Representative for ESN Finland

Hi guys! I'm Pablo from Spain, I'm 23 years old, and I am an Elementary School English teacher coursing my Master's Deegree Programme in Early Language Education at the University of Eastern Finland. I have been involved in ESN for quite long already covering different positions of our board, for a while I thought my career in ESN Joensuu was over, but then suddenly this little geek I have inside me came out and made me apply for the IT Manager position. I will be responsible wether if our website looks amazing or rather is a complete disaster! :P 

I have many interests but one of them is learning more about education, and getting to know new people every day! so if you see me around don't hesitate to come around and give me a hug and say hello! (I know it is not so typical Finnish, but well I'm not a typical Spaniard either) 

Looking forward to see y'all in our events! 

Email: pabloguillernafranco@gmail.com

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Elías Chaves Jiménez

Hello everyone, I am Elías, a double degree student in Business Administration & Law that have just arrived to Joensuu to live one of the most amazing experiences in the world and willing to learn from everything and everyone! It's a little bit complicated to sum up my hobbies and personality so if interested come around and meet me, easy-going guy! Visual Content Creator for ESNJoensuu. Made in Spain.

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Tihomir Simin

Hey everyone! My name is Tihomir and I'm a 23-year-old Master's Ecology student from Serbia. On the picture is my black cat called: The Black Cat. smile emoticon
This is my second time as an exchange student in Joensuu. I really like socializing and making new friends. I love the friendly atmosphere in Joensuu and I think it's essential for all the great event that are about to happen. smile emoticon
I am also the current Vice President of Club d'Europe, an international student organization of European University Foundation.
I am looking forward to the following semester. See you all on the events!

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Johanna Leino 

Hi, I’m Johanna Leino from Finland. I am a first year career counselling student minoring in health education to also be a teacher in secondary or high school. I have been an active member since I started my studies here in Joensuu in fall 2014. I wanted to join ESN because I like to be in international environment and to meet people with different cultural backgrounds from all around the world. Furthermore, I like to watch movies, do sports and have a good time! Hope to see you in ESN events laugh

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Rosa Ylimaula 

Hello! I'm Rosa from Finland and I'm studying career counselling. I have been an active member of ESN since autumn 2014 when I started my studies. I have been helping with organising events and trying to give a helping hand whenever it's needed. I really enjoy being part of ESN organistation. It gives me the chance to get to know great people with different backgrounds. During my free time I enjoy doing sport, eating well and having good time with friends. And I love travelling! ESN gives me the wonderful opportunity to be international in my home country. I hope to see you at ESN events and in the streets of Joensuu ! Don't hesitate to come and say HI! 

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Omotomilola Ikotun

My name is Omotomilola Ikotun from Nigeria. I am studying for a Masters in environmental law and policy. I have learned that all work and no play actually does more harm than good especially when you are far away from home. I am not a social person by nature and needed to change that by mingling with other students. However, I wanted the mingling to have a purpose and i found one in ESN. So far, I have been a 'worker in the shadows', giving support when needed on programmes. I look forward to working more closely on the Mobility Exchange project as well as community integration programmes.

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Najnin Sharmin 

During my first year of study I went to the "ESN pirates of the Baltic sea" trip and it was so much fun that I decided to be a member of this fun loving family. And I am so glad that I joined this group, beside study I can enjoy all of the amazing events organized by ESN and this really helps me to survive mentally in this boring Finnish lifestyle ;) I am working as an active member of ESN, as an active member it's my duty to attend the meetings, events and helping whenever the group needs a volunteer for various tasks. It's also very much flexible to be an active member. I love ESN group because everyone is so friendly, fun loving and active, it's worthy to be a part of this family :D

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Armi Henriksson 

Hello people! My name is Armi and I’m an active member (and former secretary) of ESN Joensuu. I’m a Finnish student majoring in English Language and Translation, so it may not come as a total surprise that I’m endlessly fascinated by all languages and will never cease to talk about them. My favorite pastimes are eating and discussing topics like subtitling vs. dubbing and the romanization of Japanese. Other things I like include the world, snow, colors, optimism, and dystopian stories. Come say hi if you happen to spot me in the flesh!

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David Gil de Gómez Pérez 

¡Hola!, I’m David, from Spain. I am a Master Student on the IMPIT Program, so I am basically studying Computer Science. I was an exchange student in 2008, and I have decided to return to study my master's here. The main motivation I have joining the ESN is that, having experience of what being an exchange student means, I consider it a beautiful way to get international knowledge and learn from other cultures. Furthermore, I love helping with IT stuff, so it was the perfect mix for me. We will rock it!

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And last but not least: some of our greatest ESN'ers ever

Mónica Sánchez Torres

Former President (The "Presi")  of ESN Joensuu 

I became part of ESN the first year I arrived in Joensuu. The previous year, I was an Erasmus free mover in Vienna and I took part on many of the activities ESN Vienna arranged. Once here, I thought it was time to pay back by becoming part of ESN here in Joensuu.  I’ve hold several local positions within the organization but now I’m just an active member. What I like the most of ESN Joensuu is that the organization works hard on making Joensuu a more international place, and even if it’s dark and -23 outside, it gives international people are reason to go out and be social.

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Laura Marie Carman

The platinum member of ESN Joensuu who brings daylight to everyone even in the Finnish November

G’day! I’m Laura Carman from Australia. I am a secondary teacher studying my masters in UEF in Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication. I am an intruiging mixture of extroverted craziness, excited eagerness and list making teacherness and also a hugger so prepare for FREE HUG MAULS. This semester I want to organise more fun cultural evenings and also make sure our technology is up to date!  So if you see a girl wandering around singing to herself and seems in another world, that'sprobably me so ask what you like and ill try and answer! BOOM.

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