This spring’s graduating class really puts the International in the International School of Business (ISB) at Finlandia University. Receiving their BBA on April 30 will be three very special students: Aoi Buto, Pavel Kuzmin and Theresa Wolf.
Aoi Buto is from Okayama, Japan and is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. While planning to attend a college in Japan, Buto found Finlandia’s website and was able to get in contact with recruiters about being an international student as she was very interested in studying English as well as business. Like many students at Finlandia, Buto has enjoyed the small class sizes and personal interaction with professors that the business school, and the university as a whole, has to offer. “I believe I wouldn’t be able to succeed in academic studies if I went to a bigger university,” she said. Buto is hoping to attend graduate school and pursue a Master of Business Administration degree after graduating from Finlandia this spring.
Pavel Kuzmin came to Finlandia from Tver, Russia and is majoring in International Business. Kuzmin was recruited to Finlandia to play hockey and hasn’t looked back since. In a small university, he believes that a big advantage is being able to get to know so many people around campus. Pavel also thought the quality of the teachers at Finlandia and their willingness to help is something that he will remember. After graduating, Kuzmin would like to stay in the United States and look for employment utilizing his education.
Theresa Wolf is from Weiz, Austria and came to Finlandia to play hockey and major in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. While playing hockey in Canada, Wolf’s coach, Finlandia business school alumnus Nemanja Jankovic, introduced her to the hockey program and university. “I decided to come to Finlandia to get my college education in America and play hockey at the same time, which would not have been possible in Austria,” she commented. Coming from a small town, Wolf was used to the feel of Hancock. However, as an international student, she received a lot of additional support. Theresa also appreciated the small class sizes and individual attention from faculty. Another factor that stood out for her was the amount of guest speakers and interaction she received with business people. Wolf was also a member of Student Senate, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and a member of Team Finlandia that competed in the 2016 collegiate Project Management Competition. After graduation, she plans on attending grad school in Austria and hopes to study International Management.
“Having Aoi, Pavel and Theresa in our program was a big plus and really helped to put the International in the School of Business,” said ISB Dean Kevin Manninen. “Their perspective and input on international business and cultural issues were great additions to our courses and the school as a whole. We want to wish Aoi, Pavel and Theresa all the best in their future endeavors!”
Finlandia is always interested in expanding its international student body. For more information on International students at Finlandia and how to apply, please visit https://www.finlandia.edu/admissions/international-students/.Aoi Buto, Pavel Kuzmin, Theresa Wolf