Some people have trouble finishing what they start; when I was younger, I was like that. As a teenager, I did so many things after school: piano lessons, guitar lessons, drawing lessons, even ice-skating. My friends were amazed that I was so busy, but in truth I wasn't focusing on anything in particular, including my studies. But that all changed when I joined the Erasmus Program and traveled to France to attend classes there as part of my university degree. As soon as I arrived, it felt like a whole new start, a fresh beginning. When it was time to leave France, I cried, but I told myself that I'd hold onto what I'd learned about life from that experience. I had to say goodbye to the country and to my new international friends, but I wasn't about to say goodbye to the person I'd become there, a person who had not only found a love of discovery and travel but who had also learned the discipline of finishing things.
After completing my degree and my first internship in Athens, I found a second internship in London. Leaving there at the end of my contract was even more difficult than leaving France had been, because it was now official: I wasn't a student anymore. I was out in the real world. As it turns out, however, the real world is a pretty great place, too: it took me a few months of looking, but here at Alternative Athens I found just what I was looking for, a job that lets me feel the thrill of travel, of discovery and of new friendships every day.