Anna Kahelin: Outstanding Graduating International Student

Anna Kahelin of Helsinki, Finland is the Outstanding Graduating International Student in the Maine Business School. She is a business administration major in management with a minor in psychology, and member of the Women’s Basketball team. Kahelin received an America East Elite 18 award, and was a member of Team Maine from 2021–22. She plans to pursue an MBA at UMaine and play basketball for another year.

What difference has UMaine made in your life and in helping you reach your goals? 
Being a part of the Women’s Basketball team has given me a second family that is always there for me and pushes me to be my best every day in the classroom and on the court. The Maine Business School has been an amazing place to learn, which is why I decided to pursue my MBA at UMaine. Most importantly, I’ve made so many relationships that I will cherish forever. 

Have you had an experience at UMaine that has changed or shaped the way you see the world? 
The Women’s Basketball team has people from all over the world, which has helped me to understand everyone’s different points of view, and I’ve learned so much about different cultures. I think that has been really valuable for me. 

Why UMaine?
I chose UMaine because I wanted to play basketball in a program with a winning culture and great people. Academically, the UMaine business school was what I was looking for. I’ve never regretted choosing to come to UMaine because of the people here. 

How would you define the opportunities for student success at UMaine? Is there any particular initiative, program, or set of resources that helped you succeed? 
As a student-athlete, my athletic academic counselor Ann Maxim and the academic services have been a great support throughout my studies. 

Have you worked closely with a professor or mentor who made your UMaine experience better?
I haven’t had one single professor I’ve worked with most, but all the professors I’ve had have always been ready to help if I needed anything. 

What advice do you have for incoming students to help them get off to the best start academically? 
One of the most important things for me is trying to stay organized and on top of my assignments. 

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