Heya, I am Isabelle Wilhelm (24) and I come from Germany. My first year was at KTH Stockholm and currently, I'm studying at TU Berlin. I did a tri-national bachelor's in France, Germany and Switzerland. My big passion is dancing. With dancing I can relax, have fun and express my feelings. I speak German, French and English.
Why did you choose the EIT Digital Master School?
I always wanted to expand my technical knowledge and combine it with my interest in innovation, entrepreneurship, different cultures and networking with students all over the world. The EIT Digital Master School offered me exactly what I had been looking for!
What do you like most about your academic curriculum?
I really like that in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) courses we can work on our ideas from the first stage, when they first pop into our heads, through to pitching them to investors. If we work hard, those courses can open the door to a new future!
Was it easy to move to your entry/exit universities?
As I was not in the EIT Digital programme during my first year, but in a local version of the programme at KTH, it was a bit more difficult for me to find an apartment in Stockholm, where there are more people looking for apartments than apartments available. EIT Digital students have access to student apartments. However, I needed to find an apartment on my own. I did get some help from other EIT Digital students with finding some good websites. Also, it never hurts to be a bit self-sufficient.
What is the greatest lesson this academic journey has taught you?
The business knowledge I have gained during my master's is priceless. One of our professors told us to check if an idea is good with the following method: discuss the idea drunk, and then again the day after when sober. If you still like it, then never stop and don’t be afraid of failing.
Do you consider yourself a digital innovator?
Everybody can be an innovator! So yes, I consider myself a digital innovator. Currently, I am working with other EIT Digital students on an idea we had during one of our I&E classes. Our goal is to change the customer research market. Whether we succeed or not, we will see. In any case, one day, I would like to point at something in the world and say: I made this change possible!
Which advice would you give to future students to be successful and make the best of this EIT Digital experience?
Be open. Explore the cities you travel to. Learn from students all over the world. Get inspired by entrepreneurs. Live your ideas. Live your life. Live your dreams!