Student Spotlight: Tina Kotsakou

Tina Kotsakou

Hometown: I was born in Athens, Greece

Major: Agricultural Economics

Anticipated Date of Graduation: August 2017

Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln? 

I decided to come to UNL because I wanted to continue my studies abroad. My adviser from Greece strongly encouraged me to apply to the Department of Agricultural Economics at UNL because he was aware of the high quality of the program. In fact, he was right.

What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska–Lincoln? 

My favorite thing about UNL is that I felt welcomed from the first day. In UNL people respect and embrace different views and that was very important for me as an international student. 

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why? 

I have two favorite classes. These classes were not only fulfilling in terms of their context but also, to some extent, they determined my future goals. I enjoyed the class AECN812 "Organization and Performance of Agricultural Markets" taught by Dr. Konstantinos Giannakas, and the AECN 896 "Behavioral and Experimental Economics" taught by Dr. Simanti Banerjee and Dr. Christopher Gustafson. 

What are your plans post graduation? 

I would like to obtain a Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics with specialization in the above-mentioned areas. 

What is your life like outside of school? 

That is an interesting question. I used to say that life outside of school is the way you like to be. If you are curious and energetic there are many things to do outside of school. Personally, I couldn't handle having a very active social life and being good at school. I would say that this is not quite right and I am planning to change it during my Ph.D. studies.