Hello to everyone, JUST TAKE 5 MINS TO READ WHAT I HAVE TO SAY (and please forgive any possible mistakes in my English, my mother language is greek)
My name is Eleutheria and i am 23 years old. In case you wonder, my name is greek and means “liberty” that’s why you haven’t heard of it before. I am Greek and I live in Athens of Greece the last 5 years. I came in Athens because of my bachelor studies in sociology, in Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. I managed to make my first life accomplishment, that’s how I call it, to get 1st in that department after a very tough time of reading a lot during all of my high school years. My intention was from the beginning to follow a career in criminology and that’s why I selected to attend this bachelor. I had made my research and had realized that the exact field I am interested in goes only from that way in Greece (there is no precise field of criminology as a bachelor here).
Forgot to mention that the city that I come from is a very small city in province of Greece so in order to come and study in the capital I had to take a huge risk knowing that my family can’t support me at all financially. They were pretty clear from the beginning: ‘you know that we don’t have any money to pay for rent or any expenses for your studies, so how will you go there?’. And to be honest of course I knew it from the beginning that we don’t have money at all. There weren’t any tuition fees for my university, because it was a public university, but my brother’s studies and the existence of so many debts wasn’t possible to be covered by only my father’s job. But is it even possible for a person to admit to itself that everything is gone…? Is it? You can’t tell to anyone stop dreaming. I wouldn’t give up, not so easily. I had to fight.
So, I made a deal with my parents to help me only for the first month covering my expenses and I would make anything to stand on my own feet from now on. And from one day to another I see myself struggling to cope with the routine of a new huge city (have on mind that my origins is from a very very small town) with totally different background from the one I was used to, without any familiar person, without money and in a new university life. And so, from the first month I went to numerous interviews for jobs (in sales, in promotion etc) in whatever field I could do without any past experience and being rejected so many times that I was thinking: “I’ll never find a job. Who would take me instead of other experienced persons to work for him and getting paid for that? No one. I would do the same if I was in their position. My dreams are already over”.
But then at the end of that month and after I can’t even remember how many interviews, I got a job, totally on my own. Saleswoman in a sandal shop. I can’t describe my joy. It’s like when you are so happy that you can’t stop smiling, smiling to everyone in the bus, the street, everywhere. That meant of course one thing: I can stay here, I can pursue my dream. I owe a lot to that employers who trusted me so much and realized my huge efforts to cope with my job that after less than a year they said that I was the most hardworking employee they ever had and they gave me a raise. I loved my job and especially the fact that it was in the most touristic place in whole Greece, Monastiraki of Athens. Maybe some of you have already met me at your trip in Greece. Who knows? In my opinion, I think that what made me stand out at this job is the fact that - I speak English and French pretty well, - the passion I show for keeping up with all the responsibilities that this job contained, - the fact that I never tried to take advantage of people and exploit any situation towards my interest and – my honesty and my true character in anything I do.
4 years of full time work, 6 days a week, Christmas and Easter forgotten (because touristic shops NEVER close): all these time passed with really hard work, with ups and downs and with a huge effort to keep up with my university’s demands. I managed to make on my own more than 10 projects at field of criminology and also 10 at field of sociology. My grades were great because I was in love with my studies. I never failed in any of my classes and so I graduated exactly after 4 years of the beginning of my studies. Meanwhile, these 4 years in my hometown things were pretty tough and now I was the one that had to support financially not only myself, but also my family. My job wasn’t high-paid but I was always very good in controlling my expenses. So, my mother and my brother came in Athens to live with me and in order to find a job in this big city that has so many things to offer (you will understand the irony in a little bit).
I want also to mention that, in case you haven’t heard in worldwide news, Greece is the last decade the country most suffered by economic crisis in all over the world. The quality of life reached this of third world countries. People suffering all over the streets and the refugee problem is becoming even bigger day by day. Criminality and the lack of any effective policy is a fact and no one seems to care about doing something. All the interest of the science world and the media is attached to the financial scandals that are rising like flowers in dozens day by day and the financial aid for students doesn’t exist. I don’t even know if it really ever existed. Greece is known for pushing her children away, to search their future in other countries and not to wait anything from the government that can’t and don’t want anymore to help anyone but herself to survive. So the taxes are more than doubled in the last years in that extent that we don’t even understand what we pay, for who we pay, when we will have to pay and WHY we pay???? Why we pay the mistakes of the last governments while the rich men get richer and the taxes sometimes don’t even affect them. Enough is enough!
To return on the subject, 4 years passed, with as I said full time work, full time reading (I consider it more than a second job!!!!) and my family moving with me and still not be able to find a job which is and the main reason they came here. The graduation day came!!! Half hour before I enter the ball room that my graduation was going to take place the secretariat informs me that I am the 1st by degree rate to graduate this year with 8,7 /10 (Excellent), and so it’s me that have to pronounce the oath. My joy and my anxiety the same time made me want to faint. I know… in other countries you know your degree rate and stuff like that before the graduation day but NOT IN GREECE. :p Well of course I knew in advance that I am going to have a good grade on my degree but I didn’t know exactly and officially what that would be or that I would be the first of my class. I think that the fact that I was able to graduate with honors from that university it’s considered the 2nd life accomplishment for me. Everyone was so proud of me, but most of all I was proud of myself!
Meanwhile, discussing with my professors in my bachelor’s years about the future and what path I could possibly follow after the graduation they all were very supportive and knowing my undergraduate effort they were very eager to give recommendation letters. And so they did!
All these till September of 2016. The months following I lose my job but I find another one immediately and work even harder about 12 hours/day in order to cover and some other health issues that had just rise up. Of course, till now not even a euro for savings. It would be just funny if any Greek had savings in current situation…..- just check the news and you will understand-.
In that point I was in search for a master degree in criminology because just my bachelor in sociology doesn’t offer you a job here. 2 jobs/year are available and that for experienced sociologists. How would I even had practical experience in something I just finished learning if you don’t give me the chance to? It’s like all your effort is gone. And that’s when I realized that there is no master degree available here for persons with my background. That explained a lot! That’s why all my teachers had masters and phd from the UK, Germany, France and not from Greece. I was so desperate for a hope that I searched all over the internet (and I mean it!!!) to find a master suitable for me. And I found plenty of them. Especially in UK. But they had only a disadvantage that I was aware of but not in that extent: the TUITION FEES.
I searched for many ways to raise money for my studies, but…who was I kidding?...if it was that easy then everyone would be educated and with a satisfactory and dreamy job.... I have applied for so many scholarships but NOTHING. They are so rare the greek scholarships as rare is to find a job on your field with only a bachelor degree. I even though of taking a student loan but there isn’t any bank that would give loan because my family’s debts forced us to take loans to cover other loans that previous governments made us take by ensuring us that since we are a rural family with burned land (there were many fires by arsonists in Greece last 15 years) our loans would be either fully deleted either reduced significally. Nothing ever happened. And I agree, it’s even childish and fool to believe the promises of any government but then these promises we’d call them HOPE. Hope for a better future. The future that my parents dreamt for me but they never managed to give me. But anyway I ended thinking that a student loan in anyway wouldn’t be suitable for me since my job was very insecure in that time. And my suspicions came alive when I was kind of forced to quit my job and had to search all over again for a new job. Of course, we are talking about a job in sales which has nothing to do with my degree!!!! Sales was what I had experience at doing it and criminologist-sociologist was what I imagined in doing after my degree. I might was dreaming all these 4 years of my studies…..i must think of that more..
Anyway I was then again in search of a job when my brother finds, finally, a part time job, because without any income in the household it was about time for us to starve…and it wouldn’t be the first time….Besides that I think you can understand the irony of finding a part time job to support a whole household and being glad about that…It’s so pathetic of me, but that’s who I am, finding hope in everything. A hopeless dreamer.
Months were passing and while searching for job I decided to go to a MENSA gathering and see what exactly was that about. For those who don’t know Mensa is a worldwide organization that only people with extremely high IQ levels are welcome to join it. That day till the end of the event, I was extremely fascinated of the lecturers, the way they were talking and communicating with the audience in a so magnificent and unique way that no one professor in my whole life had ever talk to me before. It was like they came from space…but in a good way!!!! That’s when I decided to take a mensa test the next days and so I did. A week passed after the test and an email and a letter came. I WAS ACCEPTED IN MENSA. I couldn’t believe it. It was such an honor. I belonged from now on to the 2% of the world population that has very high IQ rate. (Check 3rd life accomplishment :p). In the same month I managed to find a part time job because things had become extremely rough at my house and we had a whole collection of unpaid bills. Not that with my new job I’d be able to pay them but I had to start with something.
Now, October 2017, one whole year passed of me trying to raise money for my master studies by my job or by thinking any other possible way and do you want to know how much money do I have manage to save??? à -100 euro.. YES, you read correctly. Not only I haven’t save anything but I also owe money. And how is even possible to “save” money when the money you gain it hardly provides you food??? I know the answer by experience. It’s not possible.
I see some kids from USA or UK and I am so jealous of them. They have nice cell phones, expensive laptops and clothes etc. I don’t even want to mention about the cars. My laptop is more than 8 years old but I don’t complain. But my jealous and selfish opinions that come through my mind seeing what other people in my age have and what I have, go away when I return to my home exhausted from work or from still trying to find a better job every damn day. I had enough. Every day I fill like I am getting older and older and I don’t mean outside but inside. Those that know me don’t recognize me. They wonder where that hopeless dreamer got vanished from their lives. But what hope??? I have 10 recommendations letters and they are just inside a folder for a year now. What’s the point?? I can’t pursue a master without money. Everything is ruled by money. I can’t even take an IELTS test, which is needed even though I have a proficiency in English.
That’s why I ended up thinking that only an online master might be suitable for me, because they are way cheaper and in anyway I won’t have to live in a different country living my family back and helpless. So to summarize my thoughts, because as always I talk (or write) way too much, these are the available masters for my studies, for which I need your support:
These are the master degrees that I selected as more suitable for my career path and as you can see they cost about 5.000 euros/ year. I will select one of them depending by the result of my campaign because some of them are more expensive than others.
That’s my story….
Hopefully, my dream one day will become true and I will be able to help with my own way the world to prevent and extinguish the cause of crime in that point that the next generation will feel safer to act and to live. That’s my goal. I don’t want to believe that all these that I managed to accomplish till now will end up in nothing, in just a whole collection of paper work and certificates that they will never achieve their real values. If I did that it would mean I’d give up, but I don’t want to. I want to give me the opportunity to show you my passion for this job and for what I am capable of.
I know that in all this section we were supposed to just say briefly why we started this campaign, but I want even for a minute some of you to walk on my shoes just to understand me, even if you don’t help me. That’s who I am and I swear I was the most honest of me I could ever be. In case that anyone want to check my CV or my degree or anything else please don’t hesitate to communicate with me at [email protected] . I have absolutely no problem to communicate with you. I am looking for support from all of you and believe me I know very well that kindness will make her circle back to you.
Motivation moto: “Be the change you want to see in the world”