This year we welcome SUISS alumni Antigoni, Sophia, Kyra and Raquel as our 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.
Antigoni Siomou (6th July – 1st August)
Hi, guys! My name is Antigoni and I’m from Greece. I have graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki having completed my BA on English Language and Literature and my MA on European Literature and Culture. Although I work as an English teacher and a yoga instructor, my passion is definitely arts! I love reading and writing (I’m fortunate enough to have a book of mine published and manage a monthly column on an online newspaper) and I’m also completely fascinated by theatre. This is why I attended the Theatre and Performance Course at SUISS in 2018 and, honestly, the whole experience exceeded my expectations by far: the places, the lectures, the workshops, the tutors, the shows, all of them were one of a kind! But the most important part of the whole experience was the people I met during this edinburghian fever. They really made the whole experience of SUISS irreplaceable; even after two years, I can’t really get enough of them because… well, I simply can’t, they are amazing and they have given me the opportunity to learn so many interesting things!
I’m so, so happy that this year I am going to return as a student host. I’ll be here for whatever you need, ready to help you as much as I can. For the time being, I’ll just share my #1 tip: Jump at the chance, grab a beer and a book, and enjoy yourselves as much as possible!
I can’t wait to meet you all! See you soon!
Sophia Archontis (6th July – 1st August)
Hey guys! My name is Sophia. I’m Greek-American but I was born and raised in Cyprus. I currently live in Glasgow, and I’m studying English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. My dream is to eventually write short stories for the New Yorker, but until then you’ll be able find me in my room trying to decide whether or not I have free will.
I attended the SUISS Creative Writing course in 2017; I made amazing friendships there that have lasted to this day, and I can honestly say that it was one of the main reasons I decided to study in Scotland. I am so happy to finally be back as one of your hosts, and I can’t wait to meet you all this summer! I promise to make you all feel like locals after my 4 weeks are up.
See you all soon!
Kyra Titi (3rd – 15th 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 work as an English language teacher and, more specifically, an IELTS instructor. 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 applied for this course in particular 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 field 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 all the times I have been there, so it is always a pleasure to be back. 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 all, but until then, take care!
Raquel Mendes (3rd – 15th August)
Hi everyone! My name is Raquel and I’m from Portugal. I live between my hometown in Viseu and my work city in Lisbon. I graduated from ESAD.CR University in Theater. Since then, I’ve done an internship in Teatro do Eléctrico Theater Company and continued to work with them as a stage and rehearsal assistant. I’ve also participated in some performances such as Movimentos Diferentes by the coreographer/ballerina Tânia Carvalho and some others in Caldas Late Night Festival. More recently, I’ve been in some imersive plays, as well as teaching Expression Arts to childreen in primary school. Out of curiosity, I have a role as a child in a play called Selfish Giant (We all have a kid inside of us, am I right?).
As you all can see, my biggest passion is to be involved in artistic work for stage, especially acting. That was the first reason why I took Theater and Performance Course at SUISS in 2018. I’m always interested in finding other ways to be and find theater and performance. It was really important to me to exchange point of views about the reading assignments as well as experiencing the workshops.
It’s with great pleasure that I am a student host this year and I hope I can share and be a part of your best memories here in our beautiful Edinburgh!I’ll do my best for us to have a great time not only in the courses but also to enjoy this great city and everything it has to offer (lets get drinks and see some Fringe!) I’ll see you soon!