Finding themselves at a crossroads after graduation, many young Greeks face professional uncertainty and risk. The agri-food sector, however, offers ample opportunities to those with the right knowledge and training. Athina Mpekas, American Farm School high school graduating senior and daughter of AFS alum Yannis Mpekas is a firm believer in the strong potential associated with a career path in agri-food as she plans for her future.
Her father’s experiences at the School helped him start his own business and inspired both his children to study at AFS. Like father like daughter, Athina similarly looks forward to working with her family to grow their buffalo milk production business following her graduation. With optimism and excitement, she speaks often about how her experience at AFS will help her succeed. “No other place can provide young people with the knowledge that I’ve gained here - from the classes to the labs and the practical training. Here, I learned what food science and technology is, how to measure the pH levels of food products, and how to calculate fat content. Furthermore, I was given all the theoretical background necessary to understand the practical application of my studies.”
The rich intellectual background provided by the School will further give Athina the necessary skills to distinguish herself in a business that is still overwhelmingly male-dominated. She hopes to expand the scope of her family’s buffalo-milk products, taking the reach of their business abroad. “My ultimate goal is for buffalo-milk products to be better known, both in Greece and abroad."