The Short Story
Hello, I am Andrew Raikos, a neuropsychology student at Bangor University and a former financial & management consultant.
Having completed a B.Sc. in Business Administration and being employed for several years in successful managerial positions; I decided to change my career and chase my passion for Psychology. If I could describe my mindset in a sentence, it would be: ”We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit” (Aristotle, 340 B.C).
My vision is to offer new insight into psychological research, improve individuals’ quality of life, and leave the world a better place than I found it.
The Long Story
I was born in good ol’ Athens, Greece. The son of an entrepreneur and a mechanical engineer. At the age of 12, whilst exploring my grandfather’s bookshelf, I found a book called The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious by Carl Jung, which I must admit, took no longer than 5 minutes to impress me and cultivate my interest in psychology.
In my high school years, I could describe myself as a mediocre student who was heavily influenced by his family to follow a business career. Apparently, mediocrity was not going to offer me a place in a university, so within a year of hard work and dedication, I achieved entering 5th at the Athens University of Economics and Business.
From an early age, I worked various jobs to support myself, from bartender to construction worker and many more. My goal was to be proactive and raise capital so I could launch a small business after my graduation and start my entrepreneurial career. Interestingly, this endeavour started a lot earlier than I expected; and by the age of 22, whilst being an undergraduate, I co-founded one of the most successful Cretan-Mediterranean cuisine restaurants in Athens.
With more things happening in between, one day, in a moment of realisation, I caught myself hidden behind a pile of documents regarding balances, profits, and other financial statements. It was at that moment when I realised that each day, I was moving one step further from my dream to become a psychologist, a field for which I felt a very strange bond from a very young age.
A few months later, in the middle of a self-discovery crisis, I found myself studying a Carl Jung’s book which included the following phrase: ‘’Unless you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate’’. That phrase was enough to shift my life and make me realise that my passion, time, and energy should be invested in psychology.
Within the next two years I graduated from university, learned English, and signed myself up for a new challenge in life, that is, to give all that I have and devote myself to the field of psychology in order to improve the quality of life of many individuals and, why not, try to bring something new to the field.
That said, today, you will find me studying neuropsychology at Bangor University. Through a lot of struggle, dedication, and hard work; I consider myself a highly competent student (1st for overall grade in my second year of studies; 82%). My immediate plans are: (1) to graduate among the top 3 of my class; (2) to pursue a Msc/Ph.D. in Clinical/Counselling psychology.