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Electra Coutsolelos

Electra Coutsolelos

Stockholm University, Sweden

Country of origin: Greece
Study course: Bachelor’s in Business Management and Political Science

Why did you decide to study abroad?
I decided to study abroad because I have always been eager to leave Greece and explore something new and different. I also like to be challenged. Scandinavia was on my bucket list since I was a kid; and when I made it here to Sweden I was over the moon. I came to Sweden in 2014 to complete my biology degree that I started in Athens, Greece. I was accepted to Uppsala for a 6-month internship that led to me eventually doing my thesis in the same lab (but different project) for another year. 3 years later, I am still here. After having worked for some time, I realised that I wanted to go back to studying and that is why I applied to Stockholm this time and try our something completely different from my biology background and go towards economics and politics. To my surprise, I was accepted and i cannot wait to begin studying again this August and explore this completely different field.

What made you decide on this university?
The reason I decided Stockholm university was both because of the city that I fell in love with while studying in Uppsala (which is just a train away) and the opportunities that it offers, but also because I heard a lot about Stockholm University itself. Often I stumbled upon people who had either graduated from there or just spent a short time on campus doing some kind of internship. I have also visited the campus quite a few times and have been excited with some student initiatives. The openness as well as the campus itself inspired me to get back into the books for good.

How is your experience of studying abroad?
My experience studying abroad has honestly been one of the best decisions I have made for myself. I have been studying (besides in Greece), in France, USA, and, now,Sweden. I have gained a lot both in my personality and I view studying. I see now how important it can be to have free education, open-mindness and support from administrators to teachers and fellow students; but also random people one meets at gatherings, seminars, workshops and open lectures.

Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
The things I have learned, and give high importance to, is definitely to not be afraid to ask. Ask about what, where, how, and make that connection with your university so that you really feel you are part of it. Try out new things new groups and new activities and you will definitely be surprised in how it can change you and challenge you at the same time. My motto is that if you don’t try it you cannot have a proper opinion about it. Well, for most things at least! Stockholm University is a place where hierarchy is almost non existent and that gives you more freedom as a student to explore possibilities and make suggestions. And that, I believe, is one of the huge assets of being in a culture like this one here in Scandinavia.