Interview with ISSFT Alumni Maximilian Koehn-Hevernick
Nationality: German
Attended ISSFT in 2017 and 2018
University: European Business School (EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht)

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Studies

Age: 20

Tell us a little bit more about the EBS Symposium that you were recently involved in?

The EBS Symposium is the largest solely by students organized business conference in Europe. As a student at our University, I took the chance of becoming part of the organizing team.
The EBS Symposium offers speeches by inspiring personalities from the world of business, politics and public life, as well as workshops, a recruiting fair representing prestigious companies and an innovation fair. This three-day event gathers around 1000 participants from the best universities and companies in Europe addressing topics relevant to the business world.

What did you learn from the experience?

Taking this chance of organizing the 30th EBS Symposium was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It fulfils me with pleasure and pride to actively have challenged and tackled this chance.
Learning to say “yes“ was a key takeaway within the last year.

What do you plan to do in the future?

That is a tough question I get asked very often. In these times there are so many opportunities for young people. Planning far ahead is not my thing.

I am very happy that I will be joining Singapore Management University from January onwards for a semester abroad. This already is the next challenge that comes up.

When successfully mastering this, I want to work in the aviation/future mobility sector. The way we will move in the next 10 years will dramatically change and calls for action at the moment. Not only practical wise but moreover sustainable wise.

If there is one thing that I definitely want to make happen in next time is to come back to ISSFT as a tutor. So maybe, we meet there in person!

What do you know now that you wish you knew before starting university?

What I didn’t experience before starting university was that stepping out of my comfort zone brings so many new opportunities.

Moving out from home and organizing my life on my very own helped me to become more self-confident.
During this last year, I grew personally, build up a great network of people and made very interesting experiences.

What words of wisdom would you share with our ISSFT students?

Ha ha! Do I have to answer this question with 20 years of age?

Your life is full of great opportunities. A simple “yes” can take you so much further than neglecting all these chances.
Don’t let anyone else be a threat to your plan. Don’t stop to face challenges.
And remember that you – the students – will shape our tomorrow!

How did ISSFT help you in your journey?

Having spent two summers at the International Summer School for Teens in Stirling developed me as a person. I am very thankful to have attended.

At ISSFT I made lifelong friends that I am still in contact with. The network that you establish is simply amazing. Getting to know so many different people from various backgrounds is very interesting and still drives me.

Academically speaking I met very inspiring coaches and teachers in Scotland.
My Global Entrepreneurship Class laid the foundation to what I am studying right now.

My Golf Coach was one of the most generous people that I have ever met, he is still very close to me and I try to meet him from time to time.

To be honest I can truly say that I had the time of my life at ISSFT.