New year, still not a chairman

Thought you were going to get rid of me this year? Well you thought wrong.

Last year as KUJ’s Vice Chair I experienced a year that I’ll never forget. Although demanding at times, after the year I found that my passion for KY hadn’t wavered – but if possible – intensified. I wanted another year of something and here I stand with the responsibility for premises in Otaniemi and Töölö and the “Finland 100” -project, and I couldn’t be happier.

During the months spent in KY Building’s cellars, I realised the change our community was going through at the moment. KY has its own strong identity, while Otaniemi is characterized by the new winds of Aalto. How could KY find its place in this complex, multi-layered environment? I didn’t know (and still don’t), but I sure as hell wanted to be a part of the solution. That’s when I grew interested in the new student-centre project, Atlantis. Over the next year, I’ll steer the project from KY’s corner and hopefully continue building bridges with some important stakeholders.

However, other big things are happening as well – through the Finland 100 -project we’ll have the opportunity to cherish our centenarian and give back to our country. In the past, KY has contributed positively to Finland’s development. Now it’s time to shift up a gear and prove that KY will prosper alongside Finland for another hundred years.

Even as a new board member, I’ll admit that the words “KY spirit” can sound a bit cliché when spoken out loud. However, there’s a truth behind the phrase – it represents the hard work we put into being the best student organization in the world, something which should not be taken for granted.

You can be sure that I won’t take it for granted this year.

Toni Tenlenius

Vice Chairman of the Board