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October 25, 2023



You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take or something like that.

About a year ago, I was pounding my head against the wall trying to decide whether I wanted to apply to the KY Board. On the one hand, I knew I would have an unforgettable year ahead if I decided to apply. On the other hand, I was worried about not finishing my studies on time. In search of an answer, I turned to an age-old wisdom: it's better to regret something you have done than to regret something you haven't done.

The decision to apply for the KY Board turned out to be a wise one. This past year has been a whirlwind of unique experiences and interesting encounters. Instead of settling for whimpering from the sidelines, I’ve been able to make an impact and work for the betterment of our community. In addition to being the vice chair of our board, my areas of responsibility include academic affairs, finances, and fundraising for the student center project.

During this year, I've had the chance to put my management skills to the test and delve deep into the intricate workings of the academic realm. Witnessing the impact of our advocacy efforts on our studies has been very rewarding. It’s also been a pleasure to notice how much value student representatives’ views hold in the university faculty’s eyes. The fundraising project was a jump into the deep end for me but learning to operate in the Finnish foundation scene has been a fascinating journey.

If you are struggling to decide whether to seize the opportunity to be active in student life, I would advise you to stop overthinking. Just go with the flow and everything will work out. There’s absolutely no way that you are going to lay on your deathbed and be like damn, I wish I had gotten into the corporate world sooner instead of enjoying my studies.

Jenni Lehtinen

Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, Finances

044 255 9837

TG @jennilehtinen

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