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-Do you think our university is the best in Greece? (they burst in laughter)
Anastazia: Of course it is. There's no other school as awesome as ours. In all seriousness, from conversations all three of us had with students in other universities, it's easy to tell that when it comes to the quality of the classes and the genuine care our professors , we are the top of the list.
Katerina: Totally agree. I mean, we do get to enjoy some classes, of course a point and after some of us fall asleep. (they both look at me).
-What is it about the Department of Law at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki that stands out for you?
Anastazia: I was apprehensive at first. I didn't know for sure if law school was the right thing to do. As I got to experience what it's like being in these classes and being taught by huge law names, I guess it kind of grew into me. I know that in Athens they are more distant from the students and the competitiveness is on a whole other level. It's really bad to see people our age concentrating on how to bring down their fellows instead of working to accomplish greatness together.
Katerina: But that doesn't happen just in Athens. It's evident in all law schools. I guess, our school emphasizes more on team work.
- Do you think that you can actually reach greatness later on in your careers by working together? Doesn't the whole "your death, my life" thing apply to lawyers?
Katerina: It's a common misconception; take a look at all the great revolutions, or even the historical march women did for their rights; people rushing to airports to protest Trump's decision on banning migration from 7 countries because they are Muslims. Every greatness we have achieved as a species is the result of team work and cooperation. Law is a very competitive profession and I guess most would say that working on your own is best, but as far as I am concerned, having allies and partners gets the job done easier and more efficiently.
Anastazia: Exactly. More minds are better than one; you can actually learn from working together with people; nobody thinks alike, which means that what your eye fails to catch, someone else's might.
-Who do you think are the best lawyers, the ethical or practical ones ?
Katerina: It's sad how often those two can not be combined or traced on the same person, but I know I speak on behalf of all of us when I say that having your ethical and moral system intact and as your guide for your life and your profession is far more important than getting millions for bailing out people who deserve otherwise.
Anastazia: I think lawyers are depicted in the majority as soulless creeps who probably already have a place reserved for them in hell. But I do believe and know that there are caring and passionate lawyers who serve justice and nothing else, we're just outnumbered.
- Do you regret your decision to get into law school?
Anastazia: When you don't know where you're going, any road is gonna lead you somewhere. I was completely lost and didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. Sometimes, I still find myself doubting my potential and I seem to debate whether or not I made the right choice, but at the end of the day I have a grin on my face just at the thought that eventually I will too be helping people. To those still in doubt, I say do it.
Katerina: I always loved the concept of serving a noble cause. What's more noble that serving justice in a world that keeps pushing you to do the exact opposite? So, to answer your question, I don't regret it. Not even a little.