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Why were you inspired to do this?

I always wanted to live, study and work abroad. To open my horizons and challenge myself far from the protection of family and relatives. I also wanted to study in North America as a first step in my "international" career.

What were 3 things you did to make this happen?

Study hard in my undergrad, not only course materials but in general about economy, politics and business.

Finished my military oblications back in Greece. I did not want anything to keep me from persuing my career.

For the latter although I did not succeed 100% and I m thankful of that, I believed that I should not invest in any relationships as I wanted to live abroad.

How did you feel once you had accomplished this?

While I am writing this I am loosing valuable time from my two final exams during my first semester. I feel like three days have passed from the moment I came in Vancouver, Canada. It is a strange feeling. Technology has minimize barriers I can see, speak and listen to most of my friends and family. I can see what they are doing, photos of them or even to learn from miles away if they found a new "significant other" through facebook. It is not as I thought I would fill when I left Greece.

Additional notes and tips:

I really miss Greek food, music, wine, culture but back there they have difficult times. I fill very thankful and lucky.

Last but not least, if it wasn't for my scholarship I could not achieve any of those. Thanks to "Alexander S. Onassis Foundation" I could make it. I hope I hope to become another success case of their shcolars. Lastly, I also hope not to dissapoint my family or the foundation's committee investing in my future and believing in me.

1/10/2011 12:03:03 AM

Those r some great news. I just have to say that is probably one of the most intense and difficult periods of my life, however, I think at the end it will payoff. Last but not least, I have already made some great friends and had some great experiences. So do to everyone interested it!!! Take yr chances.

1/9/2011 8:01:44 AM

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12/14/2010 1:59:58 PM

Spent a couple days in Athens before catching Ferry to Santarini. Very fond memories of the food and wine in Athens. Very glad you are enjoying Canada. Glad you found our site.

12/14/2010 12:25:21 PM

Actually borned and raised up in Athens (population 5,000,00) is was not such a big deal for me. Vancouver is only has 2,000,000 people. Hint: There is also a Greek community here and a very good friend we met (my fiancee and I). Tnx for your comments. Bill did you shailed while in Greece? ...from what I can tell from your pic you might.

12/14/2010 7:29:43 AM

Good luck to you! It takes a while to acclimate, so be patient as you adjust and enjoy the moments that come.

12/14/2010 5:52:59 AM

Hello GCH, Congrats on your achievement. You are well on your way and I'm sure your family are very proud of you. I used to live in Vancouver and have spent some time in the Greek Islands as well. Two places could not be more different, but I hope you get a chance to enjoy the view from the top of Grouse Mountain. One of my favourite places in Vancouver.

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