This year we welcome former SUISS students Maria, Chrysoula (Kyra) and Daniel to return as Student Hosts. They will meet you at Pollock Halls reception on arrival day, and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the summer school, or Edinburgh in general.
Maria Traiforou (10th July – 19th August)
Hello there! I’m Maria from Greece. I am an English language and literature graduate of the University of Athens and I am currently working as an English teacher.
In 2014, I attended the SUISS Contemporary Literature course and I am more than delighted to return as a student host in SUISS 2017. When I think of SUISS, I think of the breathtaking view at the top of Arthur’s Seat; fascinating conversations whilst wandering through the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh; beautiful readings of literature and thrilling performances; carefree laughter and light moments at traditional Scottish pubs; cheerful, amusing evenings at Pollock Halls.
I have always wanted to return to this enchanting, dynamic, modern, yet steeped in history, city, which encompasses self-expression, artistic inspiration and intellectual stimulation. Being in Edinburgh is one thing itself, but being a SUISSER is a whole different story. SUISS is an unprecedented opportunity for academic, intellectual, social and emotional growth. It embraces distinct identities and cultures constituting an astonishing and inspiring mosaic within an international environment. A SUISS summer is a summer of self-exploration and self-discovery due to the numerous cultural, intellectual and social activities and experiences the program offers.
As a former participant, I can relate to the feelings, insecurities, needs and desires of a SUISSer. I will be happy to assist you, answer all of your questions and make sure you feel safe, comfortable and respected. I feel compelled to share my experience and contribute to an indelible SUISS summer.
SUISS may last only for a few weeks, but it offers memories and experience for a lifetime. After SUISS 2017, you will know exactly what I mean by that. I am counting down the days till summer. I am looking forward to meeting you. Prepare yourselves for an unforgettable, fun SUISS 2017. See you in Edinburgh!
Chrysoula Titi (10th July – 5th August)
Hello fellow SUISSers! My name is Chrysoula but you can call me Kyra, which is much easier to pronounce in English. I am from Greece and I live in Athens where I currently work as an English language teacher. I studied English Language and Literature in the University of Athens, after which I completed my Master’s in Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent. So as you have probably guessed, I love literature!
I attended the Scottish Literature course in 2014 as I was very kindly awarded the Greek Scholarship offered by SUISS that made this experience possible. Literature fascinates me and I am always eager to explore other literatures and cultures. I had specifically applied for this course because I wanted to learn more about Scottish literature since there were no such courses in the university syllabus at the time, and what better way to be introduced into this glorious world than discovering it firsthand in the city of literature itself. It was undeniably the best choice I could have ever made. The programme was excellent both on an academic and on a personal level, as I met such lovely people, made good friends and had the support of our amazing student hosts. What I most appreciated was the multicultural environment and the shared feeling of love for art, which I am certain you will experience as well.
Inevitably, I associate Edinburgh with SUISS now and you should not be surprised if you do too by the end of the summer. It is one of my favourite cities and I have such sweet memories of my time there, so when I say I am thrilled to return there, that is an understatement. I will do my very best to assist you in every way possible and to make your stay in Edinburgh the most extraordinary adventure yet. I am looking forward to meeting you friends! Until then, take care!
Daniel Panka (7th – 19th August)
Hey everyone, I’m Daniel from Hungary, and I am currently doing my PhD focusing on science fiction literature. I attended SUISS in 2014 and returned as a student host in the following years. I fell in love with the SUISS experience and the city itself, and it’s my job as a student host to plot against you and ensnare all of you in the charm of Edinburgh as well!
I’ll be with you during the Fringe, when Edinburgh takes the role of New York City and becomes The City That Never Sleeps – the vibe is just extraordinary. There is so much Edinburgh offers this time of the year that it’s almost impossible to take it all in. Needless to say, we’re going to try though!
I’ll gladly help you any way I can to make your experience at SUISS comfortable, inspirational, educational, and entertaining; just the way it’s been for me back in 2014. I’m looking forward to meeting you all! See you soon!