Meet the Current Students

Nicolena Efthymiou

My name is Nicolena Efthymiou. I am an international student coming from Cyprus, a Mediterranean country and the birthplace of the Greek Goddess of love, Aphrodite. I have recently graduated from Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sports Science and a specialization in basketball coaching. The past three summers I have been working as a lifeguard in Cyprus, certified by the International Life saving Federation (ILS). I am also certified in Emergency First Response, Oxygen providing and First Aid. I have also gained the title of Rescue Diver by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).  I have always been keen on aiding people and providing them with helpful information as to how to improve and maintain their health. During my bachelor degree I had the opportunity to work as a swimming instructor and basketball coach of young people and worked as a teacher of primary and secondary school students for two semesters as part of my course outline.

My continuous exposure with health, teaching and coaching made me realize that a master degree in health education would broaden my horizons and give me the opportunity to pursue a more promising career in the field of health and wellness in which I am really passionate. Having obtained my bachelor I decided to apply for a master degree in Health Education at Ithaca College, an ideal place for this course which provides students seeking a job in the health industry with all the necessary knowledge and skills. In addition to that, while I was at high school I had the chance of being taught by teachers who graduated from Ithaca. As a result my desire to study here had been growing ever since.

Apart from the high teaching standards, Ithaca College accommodates students with excellent research resources. I have already been involved in a project related to athletes and nutrition that will definitely help me a lot in future research projects. Also, the opportunity of getting an assistantship  from Ithaca college and coping with a load of responsibilities can help you become a more mature and disciplined professional.

My main goal after graduating from Ithaca College is to teach Health education to students and athletes and raise awareness in health and welfare to various sports teams. I would also be interested in educating young athletes about sexuality. My lifelong goal is to expand my knowledge by obtaining a PhD and pursue an academic career in my birthplace.

A part of my favorite poem by a famous Greek poet reads:

Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn't have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.