Name: Aleksandrina Georgieva
Occupation: Cabin Crew
Current Location: Doha, Qatar
Hometown: Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
GLOW year: 2003-2005
Tell us about yourself – what are you doing, where are you?
I am currently fulfilling my childhood dream to travel the world. For the past two years I have been living in Doha, Qatar, and working for a 5 star airline. Even though it has been such a long time, the place (and the job for that matter) keeps on surprising me every single day.
What do you love about your job (studies)?
I love the travels. I love the fact that every day is different and exciting in its own way. I love meeting all these new people every day, both my colleagues, who are from all around the world, and the passengers, who come and go, everybody with their own different story to tell.
Walk us through your (work) day.
As I already mentioned, every day is completely different from any other day. I am not a morning person, so I am very happy if the flight which I have to operate is departing later than 12 p.m. I wake up, and try to have a big breakfast, because the next time I will get a chance to eat will be probably after 6 hours. The breakfast is immediately followed by a coffee. During the coffee time I start reading about the country I am about to go to, familiarizing myself with what I need to know about the laws, rules and regulations of the country that might affect me or the passengers. Then the more exciting part comes, and I plan my stay there, if I haven’t done that in advance. After that is hair and make-up time, to achieve the necessary look. Uniform is on, and I go to the airport, excited to see what the next one has to offer. I meet my new colleagues there. Almost 90% of the time, I do not know even one person from the crew I will need to work this day. We gather into a room to discuss our expectations about the flight, and what we are expected to do. And then off we go.
What “rules” do you live by?
I believe that if something does not make you happy, you should let go. Whether it is a person, a place you live, or a job. If it is not exciting any more, there is no point to stick with it. And always strive for the next thing that creates a sparkle inside you – next big adventure, next job opportunity, next experience that will enrich your life in any way.
What is the greatest thing about education?
Education provides us with the basis on which we can build our mindset. You need to be well-informed about the world around you, so that you can make a decision in your life – whether it will be in what field you want to work, what else you want to study, or basically any step you need to take along the way. However, I believe this whole process needs to be inspired from within. If you are not eager to educate yourself, no teacher in school or professor in university will manage to influence you. So, the most important thing about education is your willingness to take part.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My mother is a particular example of person who has set a good example for me. While studying and working in the field she has always had a passion for, she has raised and looked after a family that has always supported me and welcomed me back to a warm home, wherever I come back from.
In general, I believe that every day we meet people that have their stories to inspire you with. I am mostly impressed with people, who work hard towards their goals, even though circumstances haven’t been very favorable. On the other hand, in this material world that we live in, I keep on getting inspired by people, who help the less fortunate, and try to provoke the good in all people.
What are you passionate about?
Travelling. Meeting new people. Discovering interesting places. Learning something new about this world on a daily basis. Seeing the other side of life.
Which experiences in life helped you become the person you are?
Definitely, I will have to put GLOW in the first place over here. First experience that took me out of my comfort zone at an early age, and taught me to speak up my mind.
Another experience that has had a tremendous influence on my life is the study abroad Erasmus program. I did my exchange in Finland, where I discovered a whole new world, and I passionately recommend this to anybody, who has the opportunity to take part.
And last, my current job is definitely something that keeps on shaping my mindset and my personality with every day that passes
When things get tough, how do you keep yourself going?
I remind myself of the last time when things were tough and how relieved, happy and proud of what I have done I felt after everything has finished on a positive note. And keep on looking forward towards this moment that will make me feel again like this in the future.
The things for which we should always find time are…? Why are they important?
Family – these are the people who have always supported us, no matter what, and always will. These are the people which will always be there for us, no matter what. And we cannot afford loosing this relationship.
Friends – it is said that you cannot choose your family, but you can choose your friends, and if you are being careful with your choice, the network you build around you could provide you with comfort and support while away from the blood-related.
Time for yourself –I, personally, enjoy my alone time which gives me the chance to reflect on what’s going on around me, what I want to do next, and how can I start working on it.
What kind of books (or which) do you consider must read?
This is a very subjective question. I believe educational books in any kind of field are beneficial, however, in my free time I am much more keen on reading fiction.
What has GLOW given you?
I was a camper at an early age, and by the time I had not really had any experience with people besides my class at school and the friends from around the neighborhood. I remember, the last night of GLOW when I was a camper, my Counselor even shared with me, that due to the fact that I was the youngest participant this year, she was a little bit afraid that they will throw me out of my comfort zone, and I will be too shy to take part in any of the talking activities. She was telling me she was happy that’s not how things turned out to be. During my GLOW years I met for the open-minded girls and women who have inspired me with their passion for life and achieving their dreams, inspired me with their kind, but in the same time strong personalities. I can definitely say that GLOW helped me built my self-esteem, overcome shyness, made me eager for new experiences, and curious about many things I haven’t thought about before that.
Tell us something interesting that very few people know about you!
My initials are AVG, and I was born in AVGust. My parents claim that this is a coincidence, and they hadn’t noticed it until I pointed it out.
What is your advice for the young people?
Be curious! The world has so much more to show you when you are open-minded and eager to see it. You can learn so much from meeting new people – do not underestimate the power of every-day experience! Open your eyes for the small details- sometimes they can make a big difference.