I moved to the UK in 2015 to read for the MA in Forensic Linguistics at Cardiff University. As a student ambassador, I was involved in the university’s open days, giving prospective students and their families a glimpse of the Cardiff student life and offering them a warm welcome to the Welsh capital. While working at the international students’ induction programme before my graduation, I realised how rewarding helping students can be and after a challenging year, I decided to pursue a career in international student recruitment in order to support prospective students on their journey from applying to university to starting a new chapter, like I once did from Greece, in the UK.
For three and a half years, I worked at Cardiff University’s International Office, where I had the opportunity to work closely with educational advisors, and get to know different markets and people from all over the world, as well as represent the university at fairs in the UK and overseas. In early 2020, I moved to Oxford and joined the Saïd Business School, this time to support current students during their studies, which gave me a new perspective on the challenges and academic demands that students experience. This setting ended up being a lot more challenging than I anticipated, on both a personal and professional level, as it coincided with a pandemic.
A year and a half later, my love and enthusiasm for admissions and student recruitment didn’t fade, and in September 2021, I joined Queen’s in a role that combines admissions and graduate student support, including graduate induction, enrolment, scholarships, and more. As Admissions and Graduate Administrator, I’m responsible for managing the different stages of the undergraduate and graduate admissions cycles. I work closely with the Tutor for Admissions on the undergraduate admissions exercise and the Tutor for Graduates on graduate admissions and business relating to on-course students.