photo: Frøy E. Hamstad

Say hello to the board of ISFiT 2021

It is one and a half years until the festival will begin in February 2021, then the festival will be run by 500 volunteers, all from different studies, countries, and general walks of life. Right now, however, the festival contains only a few people, which are the President and her Vice President, and the 6 Section Heads. Except, the 2nd of November that number will grow from 8 to 19. Because starting now we are searching for Assistant heads for each section, as well as Middle Managers for the Orgizational Resources department.

So with this in mind, wouldn’t it be nice to get to know the board a little better?


Mathilde Breda Enkerud

photo: Frøy E. Hamstad

First things first: what’s your name, how old are you, what do you study, and what’s your position?

My name is Mathilde Breda Enkerud, I am 23 years old, and I study sociology. I am the president of ISFiT 2021 Creating Knowledge.  

Is this your first time with ISFiT?

This is actually my third time as a volunteer in ISFiT. In ISFiT17 I was a workshop leader for a workshop where we discussed discrimination in regards to education. While in ISFiT19 I was a stage designer for the opening-, closing- and peace prize ceremony. 

Why did you apply for this role?

So that I could work with creating a festival where the voices of us youth and students are wanted and heard, a place where we can speak up! I also believe that it is time for ISFiT to take itself seriously as an organization. We need to start reflecting on who we are. Students today are a privileged group, and we need to be aware of how that can affect this festival, where the core idea is to gather 500 students from all over the world.

What‘s your favorite thing about ISFiT?

The collaboration between students is one of the most beautiful aspects of ISFiT. The festival makes us work together in creating something unique, something we wouldn’t be able to do on our own.

The theme is Creating Knowledge, how would you interpret it?

For me Creating knowledge is about reflecting on our own position, asking questions and dare to be critical. However, it is also about the actual creation of knowledge, how can we create, spread and communicate knowledge. Knowledge is all-embracing and essential, it is what we do everyday and who we are. Knowledge is power – therefore we must discuss it!

What are you looking forward to the most?

Seeing all the work and ideas of the volunteers come alive!!! And just being a part of creating ISFiT 2021 together with all the volunteers, and not to mention to actually get to experience the festival in 2021! 

And lastly, why should people apply to join ISFiT?

It is a possibility to do things you normally wouldn’t be able to get to do, learn new things, be challenged, and most importantly make new friends! 

My hope is that; ISFiT21 Creating Knowledge – is something you want to create with me!

 


 

Signe Dahl

First things first: what’s your name, how old are you, what do you study, and what’s your position?

Hello hello! My name is Signe Dahl. I am 22 years old and study political science in my third year. I also am the Vice President of ISFiT21!

Is this your first time with ISFiT?

I participated last time in ISFiT 12 as the Assistant Head of the Culture section!

Why did you apply for this role?

I applied as Vice President because ISFiT is something I am really passionate about. I strongly believe in the impact ISFiT has as a platform for students from all over the world to discuss, understand and challenge their perception of the world. Because of this, I thought it would be really cool to have the possibility to shape ISFiT from the beginning, and to be a part of building ISFiT21 from the ground up! Also working with the theme was something that was very interesting to me.

What‘s your favorite thing about ISFiT?

That it’s a festival made by and for students! I think the fact that we as students have the opportunity to build something as large as ISFiT is really inspiring. Also that we bring together students with so many different backgrounds and experiences for 10 whole days in Trondheim. Not to mention the Student Peace Prize, a prize we hand out to those who deserve it, a prize that really highlights the importance of student activism.

The theme is Creating Knowledge, how would you interpret it?

To me Creating Knowledge is all about making students more aware of the role we have in creating knowledge. How can we as students be critical to the knowledge we have access to? And how do we create and spread it? Which opportunities do we have when it comes to shaping the knowledge in our societies? This is what the theme is to me. Not only that, but Creating Knowledge is also a theme that opens up a space for students to address issues which matters to us in our everyday life, and that is something I really enjoy about our theme.

What are you looking forward to the most?

The opening ceremony! Seeing all of the volunteers and all of the participants in their national costumes, gathered in one room, ready to celebrate ISFiT21! 

And lastly, why should people apply to join ISFiT?

Because ISFiT gives you possibilities and experiences wouldn’t get elsewhere! Also, we have lots of coffee and nice people in our office at all times;)

 


Kjell Petersen Synstad

First things first: what’s your name, how old are you, what do you study, and what’s your position?

My name is Kjell Petersen Synstad, I’m 21 year old, and studying Renewable Energy Engineering at NTNU. In addition to that, I am the Head of Administration.

Is this your first time with ISFiT?

This is my second ISFiT. In ISFiT19 I had the position as Project Coordinator in the Secretariat.

Why did you apply for this role?

Because I wanted to be apart of ISFiT from the start of the process, the very beginning when creating the world’s largest international student festival.

What‘s your favorite thing about ISFiT?

My favourite thing about of ISFiT is all the inspiring people I get to meet. The highly motivated volunteers and the dedicated participants from all over the world.

The theme is Creating Knowledge, how would you interpret it?

Because of what I study and my interests, my take on the theme is first and foremost on climate and energy production. I would like the Administration and the rest of the organization to take more eco-friendly steps, and be aware of the choices we have surrounding this. As well as creating environmental knowledge for the volunteers and participants.

What are you looking forward to the most?

Standing at the opening ceremony and watching the start of the festival, which 500 students have created on their spare time. That is going to be so incredibly amazing!

And lastly, why should people apply to join ISFiT?

Because you can be a part of forming a big festival, and you will not regret it!

 


 

Frøy E. Hamstad

First things firsts: what’s your name, how old are you, what do you study, and what’s your position?

Frøy E. Hamstad, I’m 22 years old, I study comparative literature at Dragvoll and I am head of communication.

Is this your first time with ISFiT?

It actually isn’t! During isfit 19 I worked as a photographer at Studetnersamfundet, which meant I also worked under ISFiT, taking concert photos and things like that. It was a lot of fun! I even got sent down to Oslo on a one day trip to take photos of Fashia Hassan!

Why did you apply for this role?

The idea to apply came really out of the blue, but as soon as I got it into my head, it quickly became something I was absolutely certain I wanted to do! It felt like a natural next step, and I am so happy I stuck with it.

What‘s your favorite thing about ISFiT?

That it feels so homebrewed, and that you can feel the love from every volunteer working with it ooze out of every aspect of the festival. I also just love the idea of the student peace prize, and what an amazing thing that is and dares to do.

The theme is Creating Knowledge, what does that mean to you?

I think this theme is so great because it’s so moldable, everyone can put their own spin to it. You want it to be about gender issues and discirimation? Done, fixed, yep. Maybe about environmental issues and what’s causing it? Got you covered. Or how about how knowledge is used in politics and in creating propaganda? You betcha!

What are you looking forward to the most?

I have this very vivid image of myself, standing on stage at the closing ceremony, crying my eyes out, smiling from ear to ear, because I am so filled with joy and pride over what we have managed to pull off.

And lastly, why should people apply to join ISFiT?

I mean why wouldn’t you! It’s gonna look great on your resume, you’re going to get so many new friends, and not only that it’s a great cause which put a lot of good into the world! So what are you waiting for?!

 


 

Thusan Arul

First things first: what’s your name, how old are you, what do you study, and what’s your position?

My name is Thusan Arul. I am 23 years old, I study informatics and I am the Head of Culture.

Is this your first time with ISFiT?

I was a part of ISFiT-19 as Head of Ceremony. I loved it <3

Why did you apply for this role?

I applied for this role because I thought I would be fun, challenging, and I love the idea of being able to create something from the ground up. I think ISFiT is an interesting festival and I wanted to be a part of it.

What‘s your favorite thing about ISFiT?

It is how that time and time again the festival aspire in creating an arena for students, all from different backgrounds, get to weigh in with their experiences on the chosen theme.

The theme is Creating Knowledge, how would you interpret it?

To me Creating Knowledge is just as much about the creation of knowledge, as it is about spreading it. This is especially true in how culture can be a medium for the spreading. For example, Fuck the Plice by NWA is something I would argue could go hand in hand with the theme. You don’t agree? Then let’s discuss it!

What are you looking forward to the most?

I am looking forward to meeting a bunch of new people! As a former member of the ceremony-gang I have a soft spot for the ceremonies, so I am also looking forward to them.

And lastly, why should people apply to join ISFiT?

Because it’s fun! You also get a gift card :)*

 


 

Marcus Tiedemann Økland Henriksbø

First things firsts: what’s your name, how old are you, what do you study, and what’s your position?

My name is Marcus Tiedemann Økland Henriksbø, but you can call me Marcus. I’m 21 years old, currently studying Engineering and ICT. I am Head of Organizational Resources for ISFiT 2021.

Is this your first time with ISFiT?

This is actually my first time in ISFiT.

Why did you apply for this role?

I thought the different combinations of groups and responsibilities sounded interesting and exciting. Also the opportunity to help make an impact with a festival, one which changes minds and highlights important ideas is really cool.

What‘s your favorite thing about ISFiT?

My favorite thing is probably that we bring so many people all over the world together, that’s really something special.

The theme is Creating Knowledge, what does that mean to you?

I would interpret the theme that the festival as much as the people participating have a place in creating knowledge and that there is a discussion to be had about how that is done.

What are you looking forward to the most?

Flags, flags everywhere.

And lastly, why should people apply to join ISFiT?

Being part of ISFiT will be awesome. There is such a focus on the volunteers thriving, not just the festival. I think part of how we succeed is with the volunteers being left with happy memories and new skills.

 


 

Astrid Sofie Festøy

First things first: what’s your name, how old are you, what do you study, and what’s your position?

My name is Astrid Sofie Festøy and I am to be 22 years old:) I study social economics and I am head of participants!

Is this your first time with ISFiT?

I was a workshop leader during ISFiT19, where our topic was technology.

Why did you apply for this role?

I think ISFiT is a really cool festival, one with a lot of potential to change the world, both in the big and the small, and I wanted to join in to help this change along!

What‘s your favorite thing about ISFiT?

My favorite thing about ISFiT is that it makes a platform for international relations and friendships. 

The theme is Creating Knowledge, how would you interpret it?

Hm, where to begin? In my opinion it is important to talk about knowledge because it changes how we see things and see each other. We should think about what the knowledge that we spread and what we allow to impact us.

What are you looking forward to the most?

I can’t wait for the closing ceremony, to be so touched and proud! It will be such an amazing experience to look at all of the students who are thrilled that they got to come, but also sad that they have to leave. Also knowing that we managed to build and make something that affected so many people.

And lastly, why should people apply to join ISFiT?

Because the board has a great sense of humor which you don’t want to miss out on! And because ISFiT changes you in a very good way:)

 

 


 

Thomas Gjedebo

photo: Frøy E. Hamstad

First things first: what’s your name, how old are you, what do you study, and what’s your position?

Thomas Gjedebo, 24, Industrial economics and technology management (Ind.øk), Leader of the Student Peace Prize

Is this your first time with ISFiT?

I was a part of the finance gang in ISFiT19.

Why did you apply for this role?

It was the Student Peace Prize which drew me to apply and become apart of the board. Getting to work with the Prize within the framework of ISFiT, which is something I love, and for me that’s like I’m snug as a bug.

What‘s your favorite thing about ISFiT?

Being around people who really care about other people and the work they do (also there are free cookies in the office).

The theme is Creating Knowledge, how would you interpret it?

What I really appreciate this time is that it is so broad and open, which creates a lot of room for creativity. After all, this is a festival that will in the end grow to 500 volunteers, and having a broad theme leaves a lot of room for each and everyone their own meaning of it..

What are you looking forward to the most?

The opening ceremony of the festival, which kicks it all off, and we get to see the end result of all our hard work and intense planning. 

And lastly, why should people apply to join ISFiT?

ISFiT is unique. You will be part of connecting students from over 100 different countries, and you will have fun while doing it. I guarantee you won’t regret it!

 


 

What a great gang! Hard working, dedicated, and fun people! The best part is that most of these people will need Assistant Heads, and some Middle Managers as well! Click here to read more about the positions.

 

*gift card not guaranterd