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Eleni Goniotaki, Greece, Ambassador 2017-18

1. What are you doing now, after finishing your studies in Groningen?

Since I was a child I always had the ambition to start my own business and become an entrepreneur after the completion of my studies. My master program in Small Business and entrepreneurship at the University of Groningen offered me the knowledge and the motivation to start my first steps in world of entrepreneurship. At the moment, I am renovating my own hotel in Crete, in Greece, which will open next summer. My next future goal is to have my own consulting company on how you can renovate your existing businesses into new business ideas. However, I am keen on academic research so maybe in the future I will start a PhD related to entrepreneurial studies.

2. How was it to be an international student in Groningen?

When people ask me how the city of Groningen is for international students, I reply back that I couldn’t make a better choice! Why? Because the University has an excellent academic and social environment. The city is full of life, day and night. However, to be honest, the only difficulty I encountered was to rent a room but in the end the pros are bigger than the cons.

3. How did studying in Groningen change you?

By coming in contact with so many different kinds of people, from my fellow students to my professors and even strangers. I believe that people you meet in your life contribute to your personality. Meeting so many wonderful people from all over the world, I created strong friendships which changed the way I perceive life. So, I am sure whoever studies in Groningen will experience the same feeling.

4. Would you have suggestions for dos and don'ts for new international students in Groningen? The only suggestion I have for the new international students in Groningen is that don’t forget that you may have come to study abroad but you have also come to experience a new way of life, meet new people and experience cultures. I know in every new chapter in our life, until we adjust we face difficulties, but try to be open and don’t be afraid about your new life in Groningen. Maybe, the daily academic demands at the University will be difficult in the beginning, but don’t forget to ENJOY your student life in Groningen, relax and in the end you will succeed!

Eleni Goniotaki
Eleni Goniotaki
Last modified:09 November 2017 11.40 a.m.