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Santeri Seppinen named Finlandia International School of Business Outstanding Senior

May 14, 2021

Santeri Seppinen

Finlandia University’s International School of Business has named Santeri Seppinen its Outstanding Senior in Business for the academic year 2020-21. Seppinen, an International Business major from Turku, Finland, was given this honor based on his overall academic record, including a 3.83 GPA, as well as his achievements outside of the classroom. 

Transferring to Finlandia in 2018 to play hockey, Seppinen quickly settled and effectively balanced his studies with the rigors of being a varsity goaltender. According to management professor Nathan Perreault “Santeri’s coursework has always been very thorough and of a high standard. It was a pleasure having him as a student.” When asked about his studies, Seppinen said “while many of the courses were quite valuable, I especially enjoyed my internship with FinnZone and the MTEC SmartZone, plus the project we did for Superior Enzymes.” For his internship, Seppinen performed market research and assisted in FinnZone’s efforts to attract Finnish firms to the region. He also worked with a couple of area companies interested in the Finnish market. The Superior Enzymes project was part of his BUS 388 Global Entrepreneurship course and consisted of developing a plan for the company to expand its market into Eastern Europe. 

His further accomplishments included social media celebrity status as his vodcast “Santeri Says,” in which he educated followers in the proper pronunciation of Finnish words, was a huge success and was even featured on the website of the Finnish Embassy in Washington. He was also the subject of a short video on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as a location for Finnish companies entering the US market. This spring, he shared his experiences at Finlandia in an article in the popular Finnish daily newspaper Ilta Sanomat. When asked about plans after graduation, he says he’ll be looking at a few different career options. Whichever road he chooses, we want to wish Santeri all the best!

Photo: Mikko Marttinen and Ilta Sanomat. Used with Permission.

Article provided by the International School of Business at Finlandia University

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