Well, after 9 articles about NKUA university...it's time to discover what follows lessons, exams and stress....Because student life for many students is more than that. For that purpose, I asked from some friends to drop me some lines about their experiences as volunteers at festivals, participants at Erasmus+ programmes, NGO members and many more....
Michaela (21): "I 'met' volunteerism and volunteerism 'met' me before entering the University, but during student life I realize how great this experience is. During the first year of my studies I wasn't satisfied by attending lessons and having exams. It was seemed to me quite drab. So, I wanted to find what could make me feel satisfied on my daily life. So, I began participated in European Federation on Psychology Students' Association as member Representative of my Country, member of a team with main purpose the creation of a internship chances database across the Europe and as a campaign local coordinator together with another classmate of mine for the combating the stigma of mental disorders. All that just in one year. And this is how I want to go on......."
Tonia (20): "... I am very excited about my science (psychology) and that why I am looking for participating in Conferences and volunteering teams out of my University... by my participation in volunteering teams, also in and out of Greece, I was given the opportunity to work with other people who share with me the same passion for Psychology by sharing our opinions and having different points of view. My collaboration with foreign people is quite interesting as they have different culture, a quite different lifestyle that make this experience multicultural, that I constantly hear about at academic lectures and read about it on academic books...To sum up, what I would like to focus on is that the participation in extra-curriculum activities makes my more interesting in science that I am studding , it broaden my horizons, I am gaining practice experience and I feel that I offer something useful and good to the rest of the society."
Georgia (20): "Being an active student is not just a general idea. It’s a way of life. It is a life full of unforgettable moments, amazing people all around the world, unexpected experiences and long-term conversations during midnights. As a part of EFPSA since last year, I have met psychology students all around the Europe and I have learned innovative things about my studying field. Furthermore, as a participant in AIESEC volunteer project in Serbia, I had the chance to live for 4 weeks with more than 20 people from Russia, Turkey, Serbia, Poland, Egypt, Thailand, China and more countries and at the same time I was working in an elementary school organizing workshops for kids about Communication Skills, Emotions, Equality, Respect and other issues…. Finally, what I realized is that we all are human beings and if we put away our differences we are so same and we can make our society a better place and ourselves better people."
Marina (20): "As a student of Biology Department of Athens I have felt many times that I am not productive enough and I miss the satisfaction of action. Volunteering work satisfies enough my need of felling useful and active.Through Athens Science Festival I was given the chance to meet people, in and out of academic fields, to get knowledge and skills and share my ideas about science and creation... At the same time, my volunteering action in philanthropic actions, like Breast Cancer marathon gave me the opportunity to contribute to change our world asminorities are recognized and get helped. University could offer theory and experiment knowledge but it could not offer the experience and the contact with the real world as volunteering action does."
Eleni (20): "My experience at Athens Science festival in which I participated offered me more than I expected. First of all I met new people who share my will of being active and working on science. In addition, as much important as that is that I felt that I contribute to an event that not only entertain people but also share with them plenty of scientific subjects."
Manolis (21): "Well…in general, participating in various activities as student is something pleasant as you come closer with people of your age, you can learn new things from different scientific fields as you have the chance to communicate with people from other fields. In addition, you have great time as you do something based on your interests and your hobbies and if not you have the opportunity to see those activities from a different point of view and finally like them. But the most important is that you feel able to offer to other people who are all over you something though your personality as well as meeting new people is important because you learn something new even you don’t keep in contact with them. If you don’t try something you definitely cannot have idea about what you can learn from all that…you are not gonna loose something for sure..."
Eirini (22): "1) I fancy take part in extra-curriculum programmes because I believe that learning can be found in many sources, 2) because all those programmes are based on experience learning and I think that is a strong way of getting knowledge 3) because I like meet new people from my country or other ones and share ideas and interact with each other."
I would like to thank all those 7 wonderful people for their time and their inspirational (at least for me) words!!