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Tag Archive: Student Spotlight

Stephanie Ollila
February 1, 2023

Student Spotlight: Getting creative with Marketing major Stephanie Ollila

Stephanie Ollila is a junior Marketing major from Ontonagon, MI. The International School of Business at Finlandia University recently interviewed Ollila to learn more about her time at FinnU.

Tell us a little about yourself!

My name is Stephanie, but my nicknames are Stevie or Steph. I enjoy spending time outside hiking and downhill skiing. I love creating artwork and making new friends.

Why did you choose Finlandia University?

I chose Finlandia because of the beautiful location and the small class size. [...]

Abdi Bekele
January 24, 2023

Exchange Student Spotlight: Abdi Bekele, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Small class sizes and faculty mentoring reward business student with invaluable experience studying abroad at Finlandia University

The International Exchange Program at Finlandia University allows students who study at partner institutions to attend Finlandia for a semester abroad. These students can immerse themselves in American culture while earning credit toward their degree.

In this Q&A, Abdi Bekele, an aviation business student from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Porvoo, Finland, details his experience attending FinnU and living in Michigan’s Upper [...]

Jesper Hagelberg
January 2, 2023

Exchange Student Spotlight: Jesper Hagelberg, Business College Helsinki

International partnership offers unique experience in return of study abroad programs

Taking advantage of a student-exchange program between Business College Helsinki and Finlandia University, Jesper Hagelberg set off to Hancock, MI, from Finland in the fall of 2022 with an opportunity to compete in NCAA DIII athletics while expanding the boundaries of his education.

An opportunity afforded by one of Finlandia University’s eight international partnerships with colleges and universities around the world, Hagelberg earned credit toward [...]

Click to read the Bridge 2022
December 20, 2022

The Bridge magazine goes interactive

75th edition of the Bridge now available online

Finlandia University’s annual donor magazine, the Bridge, is now available online. In a new and exciting format, viewers can interact with this year’s issue like never before.

Across 32 pages of clickable stories, links and highlights, this year’s magazine celebrates Finlandia’s friends and family, including those who contributed to and supported Finlandia University throughout the year.

Highlights of this edition include the following stories:

Leadership: Finlandia University Management Team

Connect with the campus leaders on the [...]

Austin Cover - Lions Football
December 14, 2022

Student Spotlight: Beyond the gridiron with Austin Cover

Finlandia Lions Austin Cover (9) prepares for a block during a game against Benedictine College.

Austin Cover is a senior Management and Entrepreneurship major from Brown City, MI. He is also a linebacker for the Finlandia University NCAA Division III Football Team. The International School of Business at Finlandia University recently interviewed Cover to learn more about his time at FinnU. 

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m from Brown City, Michigan and was raised by my grandparents, [...]

Brendan Christian
November 22, 2022

Student Spotlight: Brendan Christian, Accounting; Management and Entrepreneurship

Brendan, tell us a little about yourself.

I am 21 years old. I come from a small town, which made the transition to Finlandia pretty easy, but I still had to adjust to not having some of the luxuries I have back home. I have played four years of soccer here at Finlandia and captained the team for my Junior and Senior year. I was a Resident Assistant for two years and I currently tutor students in general business subjects, specifically [...]

Madelyn Waterman
October 28, 2022

Student Spotlight: Senior Marketing & Graphic Design student Madelyn Waterman

Finlandia Lions Women’s Soccer is on its way to conference playoffs. Patrons of Finlandia Athletics can donate and learn more about the Women’s Soccer fundraiser which runs through Nov. 3, by visiting here.

Joining Finlandia Fridays this week is senior Lions’ Soccer player Madelyn Waterman, who sits down with host Jordan Shawhan for an exciting conversation about FinnU’s Marketing and Graphic Design programs, why she decided to attend Finlandia and what she’s looking forward to most in her final year.

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October 13, 2021

Student Spotlight: Gavin Mackey, Graphic Design

Sophomore Gavin Mackey, a graphic design major and Hancock local, has two favorite things; computing and art. Ever since Mackey was in his early teens, he was messing around in Adobe Photoshop creating pixel art and posters. His love for graphic design spiraled from there. 

“My favorite part of the [graphic design] program has got to be the vector art portion. It challenges your perspective and forces you to think in different ways than normal to create a piece,” [...]

August 25, 2021

Student Spotlight: Austin Keranen, Biology

For FinnU biology student Austin Keranen, his first declared major didn’t feel like the right fit. He wanted to choose a degree that fell in line with his personal interests and made him feel enthused to learn. Since Keranen was a dual enroll student at Finlandia from Hancock Central High School, he was able to draw from that experience when declaring his biology major.

“I completed BIO 171 as a dual enrolled student. I really enjoyed the content [...]

March 30, 2021

Student Spotlight: Valerie Helminen, Graphic Design

Sophomore Valerie Helminen, a graphic design major from Calumet, Mich. couldn’t seem to find the right fit when it came to colleges. Having previously attended Michigan Tech and four other schools, Helminen was looking for her next move. While attending Utica College in New York pondering what her next plan was, it seemed she had found it when her dad mentioned that Finlandia was looking for goalies. 

“I was in New York playing hockey when my dad had heard Finlandia [...]