RIINA PELKONEN

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Who are you?
I’m a 22 years old Industrial engineering student from Helsinki, Finland.  I’ve graduated from Helsinki Design School in 2017 as Visual Merchandiser. My passions are sport, fashion and art.

What did you want to be when you were a child?
I wanted to be a pattern designer like my mom. I was born and raised in a small town called Orimattila. I played basketball for about ten years but I stopped few years ago.

Education?
Visual Merchandiser. Currently I’m studying Industrial engineering.

What does success mean to you?
I think success is a chance to realize yourself and the ability to be happy with yourself and your life

What quote inspires and motivates you to be yourself and do what you love?
“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right.”

What does the world need more of? Less of?
The world needs more equality and freedom of expression for all people, and less of pressures to be something else than you really are.

Name a woman whom you admire or look up to.
Lenita Airisto.

What characteristics do you most admire in other creative women?
Courage to do exactly what they want and realize their own dreams.

What’s your favorite thing to come home to after a long day of work?
Good food, inspiring reading and maybe a bath or sauna.

Which of your traits are you the most proud of?
I’m very ambitious and I don’t give up easily

Name your greatest success in your career.
I created a reporting program for a company that is now being introdused in many countries

What surprises people most about you?
That I’m studying to become an engineer and I like coding!

What was your first job?
I was an ice cream seller at my basketball team kiosk.

Who is your style icon and why?
Madonna has been my style icon since I was a young girl. I love how she looks and I’ve always admired her courage to be herself and stand out with her own opinions.

What are you most grateful for?
Definitely my friends and family.  

What’s the weirdest thing about you?
Playing with my hair all the time, especially if I wear it up.

What are you excited for when you wake up in the morning?
I’m just excited to see what the new day brings with it because I think each and every day bring something new into our lives.

Did you go to college? If so, would you recommend it?
I’m studying in college right now and yes, I would recommend it. Even if it’s little challenging somethimes and I would rather focus only working, I’m pretty sure it will help me later in my career.

What do you want to be doing in ten years?
I hope I have a job that I love to do (hard to say what it would be because the world is changing so much all the time), opportunity to travel a lot and at the same time educate myself more all the time.

Biggest piece of advice you’ve been given?

“Always be who you are and

never give up your dreams.”

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