My previous experience as a core member of the youth group ‘Milia’ has provided me with excellent social and responsibility skills. I achieved that by being project leader of different projects. One of them was a Treasure Hunt in the old city of Nicosia, in my home country, Cyprus. I was in charge of creating the route of the hunt, preparing the questions as well as test run it with friends to make sure that it wasn’t too long or too difficult. Being project leader for specific events, enabled me to efficiently organise my time and the tasks needed to be performed by the deadline. That was because we needed to have final prepared routes for all the teams, to create and distribute the flyers and posters, and make sure everything was running smoothly on the day. I have greatly improved my communication skills which I find vital when dealing with other people in a team, by listening to all prospective ideas for future projects as well as giving my own insight. Having spent much of my high school time being part of this team and taking leadership initiatives, helped me boost my confidence to now be able to work efficiently, both on my own and as part of a team.
Furthermore, spending two years in the army as an officer as well as my volunteering for the Cyprus Red Cross society have boosted me with patience and diplomacy to deal with each situation. During both experiences, I had to closely work and maintain a healthy relationship with people from different backgrounds and education levels. Especially during my army time, I had to make quick decisions, taking my own initiative on how to deal with each soldier, but always being equal and just to everyone. Great attention to detail was needed, principally during inspections of my unit by our lieutenant. Being second in command, I had to make sure everything was in order and everyone was ready for the inspection.
I still strive to find design opportunities through university. Being member of the Free Hype society, a society which creates posters and flyers for charity organisations, has given me the opportunity to expand my Photoshop knowledge as well as my aesthetics of posters. Having lead a small group of people, I had to make sure that posters were recognisable between them but also that they had a different appeal to them. I had the opportunity to closely work with some clients, which proved an invaluable experience, as I was able to better refine their visions into a design final product.
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