HOW I BALANCE UNIVERSITY & PROFESSIONAL SQUASH
BIO - EMILIA “EK” KORHONEN
Emilia Korhonen is a talented athlete, originally from Espoo, Finland. She is a Business Management Master’s student at the University of Bristol and a full-time squash player. She is competing under the PSA (Professional Squash Association), working her way toward the top 100 players (122). (Jan 2019)
BACKGROUND - HOW I FOUND SQUASH?
I was taking tennis lessons at the age of 6, but my mother was into squash, so I spent time around the game early on. When I was eleven, I decided to try squash. I joined a group of juniors at ESRC, while still playing tennis. After a period of six months I decided on squash (it's just a lot more fun in my opinion). However, I think my tennis experience helped me on the squash court and gave me an advantage.
My tennis experience gave me an advantage, which helped me on the squash court.
A BALANCE OF SPORTS AND ACADEMICS
While growing up, a close friend of mine headed for exchange studies, which inspired me to spend a year abroad too. The plan was originally to travel to England, but I ended up finding a host-family in Wales. I enjoyed it immensely, and a year went by quickly.
I returned to Finland and finished high school, already determined to head back out into the world. I decided upon business studies and began to explore different options in England. I found the University of Birmingham, a renowned business school with a rich squash history, applied and got accepted! Three years of bachelor studies went by, and I'm now working on my master's studies at Bristol, while pursuing my dream of playing squash professionally.