Student: Anna Kavoura
Name: Anna Kavoura
Why you applied to the programme?
My first contact with the University of Jyväskylä was in 2006 when I came for one semester as an exchange student. In my last year of my Bachelor studies in Greece, I decided to go somewhere abroad with the Erasmus program. I was thinking all the warm south European destinations, when a friend of mine, who had been in Jyväskylä before as an exchange student, convinced me to apply for Finland. When I gave my application, I was already thinking that it was a very bad choice. How could someone from Greece survive in the cold and dark North? After I came here, I immediately changed my mind. This country surprised me in all the fields. From the beautiful nature and landscapes, the opportunities for all the kinds of sports and exercise, to the high level of education and student services. I was thrilled from the facilities and the high level of education that the University of Jyväskylä provides and from the really helpful and caring staff. All these were the reasons why I decided to apply for a Master’s program in Finland. My choice was the Master’s program in Sport and Exercise Psychology because I was always interested in this field. From my experience as an athlete, I believe that psychology is an essential aspect for success in sports, and the knowledge of sport psychology can be a valuable tool for all the sport and exercise specialists.
What is your background?
I have a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Sport Science and a specialization in Outdoor Activities, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. From my childhood until now, I have been actively involved in several competitive sports with main interest in Judo in which I am competing until today. In addition, I have been working in my country in the field of sport and tourism and recreational activities.
How have you benefited from this programme?
I have just graduated from the Master’s programme in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Now that I look back, I am very satisfied with my studies in the University of Jyväskylä. During the two years of the programme, I was provided with the latest academic knowledge in the field; I had the opportunity to do my internship in Pajulahti Sports Center, a high performance Sport Institute in Finland, to participate in intensive courses and workshops abroad and to study for one semester in another country as an exchange student. I tried to get the most out of this programme and take advantage of all the opportunities that were given to me. Learning was intensive sometimes, especially during the first year. However, things progressed smoothly due to the small class size and the helpful and caring staff. Overall, I am very satisfied with the knowledge and the practical experience that I gained during these two years.
What are your plans for the future?
Currently, I am continuing my studies in the University of Jyväskylä as a PhD student. I am interested in research, but also in applied work in Sport Psychology. I am not sure what the future will bring, but as a graduate of this programme, I feel competent and qualified to succeed in any direction that I choose to go in the future.