My name is Maria Bertsoukli and I am from a city called Patras in Greece. I am 31 years old and I still have not make any of my dreams come true. I belong to the "Crisis Generation". Greece’s economic crisis has hit younger Greeks hard. I have studied Geography from 2008 to 2012. I have a BS in Geography and my dream was always teaching. But...
As everybody knows Greece faced a sovereign debt crisis from 2008 until 2018. Now during the corona virus crisis things are not that easy too. Youth Unemployment Rate in Greece increased to 33.20 percent in October from 28.10 percent in September of 2021. The (Crisis Generation) has been raised during the social, political and economic re-formation of Greece. Many of the brightest minds in Greece are leaving the country for opportunities abroad.
In the last few decades there have been more teachers trained in Greece than the number of teacher jobs available. Without masters degree is almost impossible to find a job at a greek school. So, in my case, after finishing college, I started working in Tourism Industry. Every summer i have to go to a greek island and stay there for 6 months working 8-12 hours without day off. I have been doing this for almost 7 years in order to financilly suport myself. Unfortunatelly, despite these problems I had to go through my personal drama, I lost my beloved mother in 2017 and I am still recovering from depression.
I don't want to give up my dream for my dream job. Never is too late they say, so I have found a great postgraduate programm (Med in Special Education) at Frederick University. Earning a master's degree will provides me with more opportunities, advantages, and perks. This specific Master programm it is also a Distance Learning program that will allow me to continue working during summer while i am studing. Summer semester starts at February, so I have to pay for my registration (635 euros for starting)
My dream job is to have the ability to help and teach students with special needs about Geography.
Any amount is appreciated because it brings me closer to my dream!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone!