Konstantina Tziava’s interest in Edinburgh was sparked by a phone call; years later she still credits her time at the University with shaping the person and teacher she has become.
|Year of Graduation||2003|
Your time at the University
It is so nice to think and talk about my life back when I was studying at the University of Edinburgh. I will always remember a cousin of mine years before I studied there calling me from Edinburgh saying that he had visited 'the most beautiful place on Earth'. So, when it was time to send applications for a masters programme, Edinburgh was an obvious choice for me.
According to the research I had conducted, Edinburgh was a top ranking university so I hoped to be accepted – and I was! From the first moment I set foot in the city I realised that I would always call it home.
The city, the University, the professors, the people I met, the strangers in the streets I encountered – believe me, I could go on forever – made my stay and my studies there unforgettable and priceless. Most importantly, I will never forget the academic knowledge and status I received from the University. Even though it has been 10 years now, I will always remember how much the University has helped me to become the teacher and the person I am today.
The city, the University, the professors, the people I met, the strangers in the streets I encountered – believe me, I could go on for ever – made my stay and my studies there unforgettable and priceless.
Tell us about your experiences since leaving the University
After I graduated, I felt really strong, professionally speaking. When I came back to Greece I was immediately employed as a teacher. I will always remember the words of one of my tutors, Gillies Haughton: “Don’t just teach them, touch their souls.” His words, as well as the other professors’ advice and knowledge, have kept me going, especially during tough times.
After University I realised that I could do anything I wanted. I realised my own strengths and potential and I always try to become better at what I do. My experience at the University has encouraged me to pursue knowledge and innovation at work. I have run my own language school, attended another programme on dyslexia and learning difficulties, and I’m currently working as a teacher of English, as well as special educational needs teacher.
The University of Edinburgh has been something of a ticket for me, allowing me to get every job I have applied for. It has definitely broadened both my professional and personal horizons, and I will always feel grateful about that. My students have seen so many videos and pictures of Edinburgh, have heard so many things about the city and the life there that I am sure many of them will go and study there one day. In fact, some of them have already done so.
If I could offer just one piece of advice to current students that would be the following: you cannot even imagine how privileged you should feel to study at Edinburgh. So, enjoy studying, enjoy the city, enjoy a walk on Arthur’s Seat, and keep the view of the city in your heart. You might need it later on in life.