Leena Giannouli

BSc Psychology

Leena Giannouli

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself facing difficulties while being in Stirling. As an international student, I could not go back to my home country because the borders closed and I was left without a job to support myself financially.

At this point, I was left feeling alone not being able to meet any of friends, with no job and with no parental support. I was running out of options on how I could improve my situation. It was very hard for me to cope with what was going on in my life and this was taking a toll on my mental health. It was a time where I felt lost, afraid and unsure of my future would hold. The light at the end of the tunnel was when I saw a post on my accommodation's Facebook group that the University was providing funds to support students who were struggling during this period.

I submitted an application to Student Services and they were able to provide me with the support and guidance I so desperately needed. I am so grateful for receiving the help that I needed to support me for the next few months, which enabled me to continue my studies. I honestly do not know what I would have done without the Hardship grant I received. I would like to say a huge thank you to staff and alumni who have generously donated to the Hardship Fund.

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