Hello! I’m Kirill, first year Master’s student, and I’m applying for the position of International Captain for the year 2024.
While it is my first year in TiK, I’ve already spent three years in Aalto studying Quantum Technology. My previous experience includes being an ISO in FK (once for QT students, and once for KV students), as well as being the event organizer in ARA (Aalto Russian-speaking Association), so I’m familiar with organizing the events and helping fuksis get on their wings to become teekkaris. The role of the International Captain is way more demanding and important, as you get to be responsible for more than 200 new students, but for the same reason it feels interesting for me, as organizing larger events and meeting so many people can become one of the best experiences of my life.
When I was a fuksi, it was always fun to meet my captains at some event and hangout with them. Having a familiar face to stick to is important for many, and I hope to become that face for the next year freshmen. I would also motivate the international students to come to non-international events - quite a lot of fun in Otaniemi happens in Finnish, so I will encourage neverminding the language barrier sometimes, as it is a great way to make new friends and experience more. This goes the other way as well: it would be great to encourage the Finnish-speaking fuksis to participate in the international events!
Speaking of potential events, I would first of all aim to organize more sitsits targeted at the international students. The sitsit is the format that suffers from language barrier the most, so it would be great to give the international students more donkey bridges and songs they can understand. Otherwise, I feel like the cultural diversity is a big strength of the international students, so an international movie night or a potluck can make a good event.
Finally, even though I’m applying alone, I feel like two International Captains are way better than one, so I would be happy to work in a pair with someone who is also enthusiastic about applying. Hit me up!
I would be happy to answer your questions on this forum or in telegram @kirs67
With international election HYPE!