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Victoria Ribokas (Gribincea): “LCC helped me strengthen my faith and find my true calling as a psychologist.”

2020-11-26

Victoria Ribokas is an LCC alumna from Moldova, who graduated in 2014 with a BA in Psychology. Currently, she lives in the Netherlands and has opened a private psychological practice. Victoria was an active member of the LCC community, and is looking forward to coming again to LCC someday and offering something in return for all the great things she gained from her experience here.What do you do at the moment?At the moment I live in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, with my husband and son. I recently started my private practice in psychology, where I offer psychological support to individuals and couples. I am also enrolled in a post-master’s training program on Family and Systemic Psychotherapy. In addition, I work part-time for Apple Retail.Why did you choose to major in psychology?I did not know much about psychology before coming to LCC. I remember looking up the meaning of “psychology” on the internet even. Studying psychology was never something I had in mind. When it came to making a choice for study, some friends and family told me that I was very good with people, compassionate, and understanding. I loved being able to help people by listening to them. I just knew I wanted to have a job that would allow me to help people on a professional level, so I decided to give psychology a try.LCC is a Christian university, did that influence your choice to study at LCC?The fact that LCC is a Christian university definitely was the main reason why I chose to study there. I was a new believer at that time and I was really intrigued by LCC, because of how fondly the missionaries I was working with spoke about Christian education. I was eager to explore more about Christianity and grow in my faith spiritually with like-minded people. I wanted to learn how Christian values, principles, and ethics are integrated into the academic world and daily life. Reading the Bible for myself and studying the Bible for a class turned out to be very different experiences, but I enjoyed that experience so much.Did LCC influence your career choice? If so, how?LCC has played a big role in my career choice. Psychology has a very broad spectrum that you can pursue and specialize in. At some point, you have to make a choice what side of psychology interests you most, rather than just general psychology. Over the years at LCC, I was able to take a variety of psychology classes, which helped me get a better idea of what I would like to do with my life in the future. I was blown away with every single class I had, which made me even more fascinated with how amazing God has created us. I love the fact that each human being is different, and how complex our minds are, and how unique and beautiful we are in every possible way. After taking the Marriage & Family and Clinical Psychology classes, I realized that counseling was what I wanted to pursue. I was very enthusiastic and eager to read the materials and do assignments for those classes. The professors and the guest lecturers we had were a big inspiration to me. I liked the fact that during classes we had the chance to practice our knowledge with each other by having mini therapy sessions. And even to this day, I continue to study what I was passionate about many years back at LCC, as I am currently doing my post-master’s training, with a focus on family and systemic psychotherapy.In addition to studies, what were you involved in at LCC?During my studies at LCC, I was an active member of this amazing community. In my second year, I was a First-Year Seminar leader. My third year, I was the leader of the Student Leadership team of the Social Sciences department. This team was responsible for event organizing for psychology students. In my senior year, I was a Student Assistant for the Theology department and a Residence Assistant. I was also a part of the Spiritual Life team, being involved with the orphanage visits and leading Bible studies on campus. Yet, my favorite leadership position at LCC was being an intern for the Study Abroad team. I enjoyed working with the study abroad students so much. I still remember with joy, all the travels and fun we had together. These experiences have greatly influenced me both professionally and personally. I learned how to be more organized, responsible, and how to communicate easily with people from all over the world. It also gave me a chance to make many incredible connections and friendships that I value even to this day.What did you do after graduation?After my graduation, I took a year off from studying to get some rest after the stressful and intense senior year I had. After having spent half a year in London, I returned to Lithuania to get married and then moved with my husband to the Netherlands to continue our studies. Here, I received my Master’s degree in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology (research) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Although I appreciated the research side of psychopathology, I missed the practical aspect of psychology. This desire to explore more, motivated me to continue with another Master’s program in Psychology, specializing in Clinical Psychology, from Leiden University. This program was exactly what I was looking for. It was very practical and I had the opportunity to put the knowledge into practice when working directly with people during my internship at the Leiden University Treatment and Expertise Centre. After I finished my second Master’s Degree, I got training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. At the moment, I am doing post-graduate training in psychotherapy, at the Areopagus Institute of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. As a systemic psychotherapist, I will concentrate on working with couples and families. All in all, these amazing academic experiences and hard work over the years have brought me to a big event in my career, starting my own psychological practice and being able to help people professionally.What motivated you to become a counselor? Why is it important for you to help people?I consider psychology my calling. Throughout the years, I have developed a passion for helping people find resources for personal and relationship growth. What motivates me in my work is the love for people, the desire to offer help, encourage, and instill hope and bring opportunities for change. I find it rewarding to be able to support people in their process of healing and becoming the people they aspire to be or help them get back to healthy loving relationships. It is important to me to teach my clients how to take control of their circumstances and respond with confidence to their challenges.What are some challenges you face in your profession?One of the biggest challenges in my profession is keeping knowledge and skills up to date. It means you need to continually develop yourself, attending conferences, workshops, and doing additional training. Another challenge that many psychologists face these days is to establish yourself in the market and to be distinguished from others, and stand out. As a freelance psychologist and entrepreneur, there are many challenges, such as dealing with the logistics of the business, local legislation, marketing, personal branding, administration, accounting, and networking. I often think that I should have taken more business classes when I was still studying at LCC.What do you like the most about your profession?One of my favorite things about my work is to see people happy and empowered. Being able to see the progress of your work and how it has helped to change another person’s life is the greatest reward for me. Lately, I have been mostly working with international, multicultural couples, which is most relevant to me, because I am also married to someone from a different culture than my own. My husband is Lithuanian and I am from Moldova. I love helping couples thrive in their relationship, change their attitude towards one another, and communicate better. In the end, everyone wants to be loved, more connected, understood, and valued.What are your plans for the future?For now, I plan to complete my postgraduate training and get more involved in therapy. I would love to go back to Lithuania with my husband and son to visit LCC, as it is the place where I found a new family, where I met my husband, and where I strengthened my faith in God. I would love to go back one day and get a chance to serve the community and offer something back for all the great things I have gained from my time at LCC.What advice would you give to current LCC students?I recommend having a curious mindset and to be ready to explore untravelled paths. Do not be afraid to try out different opportunities that come your way to find what you truly love. It always helps to listen to other people and their stories and look for inspiration. Ask questions, be proactive in seeking help, and reach out for support when needed. LCC provides you with a unique opportunity to grow on different levels in such a diverse community and to learn from each other. Cherish your time at LCC and all the amazing people around you! Make lasting friendships for life and do things that bring you joy.Finally, as you think back to your LCC life, what are one or two of your best memories of your time at LCC?One of my best memories at LCC is the day I met one of my best friends, a person who has a great impact on my life. Her name is Irsana. I still remember how she looked that day, her smile, and her dazzling eyes. Somehow I knew that she would become my best friend. I remember that first time I invited her, her friend, and her sister to pray together with me for our upcoming exams. It was an experience where we all felt safe and supported, so we decided to meet and pray for each other every night. This was our tradition for almost two years and every prayer we had together is a special memory to me, and forever will be.

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Alina Daškeviča: an empowering example of leadership and success

2020-11-19

Alina Daškeviča is an LCC alumna from Latvia, with a degree in International Business Administration. Alina graduated LCC in 2008 and carries only happy memories about her student years. Currently, Alina keeps herself busy as a wife, mother, and as Cafe Manager at one of the students’ favorite coffee shops in Klaipeda, Coffee King. Alina opened the coffee shop with her college sweetheart, Anton Dashkevich, shortly after they got married. She loves seeing LCC students coming to study there, reminding her of the times when she was an LCC student herself.What keeps you busy at the moment?I am a wife and mother, and also the manager of a coffee shop, which I proudly call “my third child.” I am involved in my business as much as possible, every day taking on a different role. One day I am a decorator, another day I am cleaning tables, a barista, or even the accountant. I truly love what I do and try to make sure that both my customers and employees are happy with the work and service at Coffee King. I constantly look for new ideas and improvement because there is always a place for further growth.At LCC, what did you study and why did you choose that major?I was majoring in International Business Administration at LCC because it seemed to be the only right choice at the moment. I always knew that I wanted to study at LCC and move to Klaipeda. At that time, LCC had a more limited choice of majors, offering Psychology or International Business Administration. I took my parents’ advice and chose what they thought would benefit me the most. Even though I was majoring in IBA, the thought of opening my own business never crossed my mind during my years of study.What were your interests at LCC and how did they change over time?During my time at LCC, I used to teach ballroom dancing, as it was my biggest passion at the time. I was lucky enough to meet a boy from Ukraine, who was also very keen on dancing. We often performed at talent nights and other events, any time we got a chance to dance. During the four years at LCC, dancing was always a part of my life, no matter how busy I would get with university work and other activities. Unfortunately, I do not get to dance anymore but I do try to be as active as I can despite the busy schedule. Instead of dancing, now I do pilates, go swimming, and work out, because I believe that one’s body must be in balance with the mind.What did you like about LCC the most?I think that LCC is a unique place that is very different from any other university. The courses, faculty, and people there create a special atmosphere which makes you see the world from a very different perspective. If I had to describe LCC in one sentence, it would be, “Think outside the box.” I live by this principle still and it never lets me down. My LCC experience has helped me to be more creative rather than just following the standard patterns.What did you do after graduation?After graduation, I went home to Latvia to work at my father’s company, as it seemed to be the right thing to do and was what everyone was expecting from me. I spent almost five years in that new environment of charter ships and it was a very good experience for me. I became very good at my job. Working with your family can be tough in many different ways and eventually I realized it was not something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. As a result, I moved to Lithuania. Even though I spent four years studying in Lithuania previously, it felt like a new country, a new city, and absolutely a new foreign language.How and when did you come up with the idea of Coffee King?My husband and I opened Coffee King years ago when Klaipeda was not as developed as it is today, especially in the sphere of foods and beverages. At the time there were only two other coffee places on the main street. Now there are eight shops, making the coffee business much more competitive than it used to be. It was very different than it is today and more oriented to takeout service. During my second pregnancy, we decided to renovate the place and switch from takeout to a pleasant sit-in place, where people would want to stay and enjoy their coffee. Later on, I became more involved in running the coffee shop, loved the experience and haven’t stopped since.In the process of opening a cafe, we thought about who our main customers and the target audience would be. Because of our location, we tried to make it welcoming to various social groups and age groups as it is surrounded by schools, stores, and two courts. I can always spot LCC students among others in the coffee shop because they are always very friendly, polite, and outgoing. Every time I see them, deeply immersed in their laptop screens doing homework with a cup of our black coffee, I remember myself being a student and think that I would have loved to have a place like this to study and take a break from the campus noise.How did you come up with the design and celebrity theme?We were very certain about the name of the place, Coffee King, because it is simple, loud, and sends a strong message at the same time. With the help of a designer we created the whole concept with the central idea of “being a king’ in any field you choose. Our walls are covered with photos of famous actors and musicians, and regular random people wearing crowns. The concept of king is also represented in our service. We do our best to make our customers feel special, let’s say “to be royalty” in their time spent in Coffee King.What are your main responsibilities as the owner?There are things that no institution can function without; the paperwork, hiring employees, making orders, creating schedules, accounting, and much more. I love days when I need to fill in as barista and get to make coffee myself, which gives me a better perspective of what can be improved in terms of service and menu. This job definitely requires a lot of time and hard work but I love doing all of it and could not imagine myself anywhere else.What was the biggest challenge in starting a business in a foreign country?One of the main challenges was language barrier. For a business owner, proper communication is very important to handle orders, communicate with customers, and most importantly employees, who need to undergo training too. Again, thinking outside the box helped me to be more creative and find solutions to deal with challenging situations such as language barriers. For example, instead of organizing some processes on the phone, I would switch all the conversations to email communication which was more convenient for me, because I could simply use Google Translate and write back. With time, my Lithuanian became better and it was easier to communicate and do business with people. Every day I enjoy the fact that my job brings me joy and I get to see the results of my hard work through the customers’ experience.In what way has knowledge gained in LCC helped you for your future?I think universities work differently in general, they help us grow and form ourselves as the people we aspire to be. The experience of being an LCC student helped me form my morality, principles, work ethics, and completely shifted my worldview. My own will and motivation to do great things with my life is what makes me the small business owner I have become over the years. Fun fact - because of LCC’s influence, our desire was to make Coffee King a special place that would be nothing like the other coffee shops in town. It may be my objective opinion, but I think that we achieved that and people feel that our place is unique, just like we felt the uniqueness of LCC.What motivated you to get to the place where you are now?My biggest motivation in life is my husband, who always dreams big and works hard. He encourages and motivates me to do the same at work - do better, be better. I am motivated to be the best version of myself for my kids, hopefully they will see me as a role model and develop those skills and character that will serve them well in the future. Of course, in the first place, I do it for myself because I love my job and pour my soul into this place every single day. I love seeing happy customers and hearing people laughing, playing games, and having a good time in general. Being able to put a smile on a face by pouring them a cup of coffee, is very rewarding and encouraging to me.Can you give advice to the current students of LCC?Looking back at my own life at LCC, I would advise students to remember that they are in charge of their lives and they should make their dreams and aspirations in life the main priority. Don’t try to make other people happy by sacrificing your own happiness. You don’t want to look back in time and realize that you wasted your life making someone else’s dream come true instead of your own, and be in a completely different place you had hoped you would be. You should work hard and follow your dreams, no matter how crazy or unreal they may seem to you at the moment. Remember that everything in life is possible as long as you believe in yourself. Don’t let other people define your life for you. To work for something that doesn’t bring you pleasure and doesn’t help you become the person you want to be, can cause great regret later in life.Do you have any plans for the future?My husband and I always have many ideas and aspirations for the future. It’s only a matter of time before we will offer something interesting and absolutely new to our customers. We will try to make it equally good, beautiful, comfortable, and affordable to all Klaipeda residents.

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Inspiring author, successful academic, educator, and a church leader

Rev. Dr. Lina Toth is Lithuanian who resides in the United Kingdom, serves as Assistant Principal and Lecturer in Practical Theology at Scottish Baptist College. Previously she served as a Course Leader, Lecturer and later as Pro-Rector and Academic Dean at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. She is musician and artist as well as a theologian and a successful academic, educator, and a church leader. Lina is particularly interested in exploring various aspects of ethics, spirituality, and theology of culture. She is author of several books and articles, and he book Transforming the Struggles of Tamars: Single Women and Baptistic Communities (Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2014), ISBN: 978-1-62564-108-3, is the source of inspiration for a lot of women. Lina keeps a communication with LCC, visits LCC and is always happy to share her knowledge in open lectures or meetings with LCC community.

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Lina Toth

Distinguished Alumni

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The sense of belonging

Henrikas is Lithuanian who resides in Lithuania. He is CEO & Founder of the successful start-up "Interactio", which developed the mobile app for simultaneous interpretation, overflow audiences, poster sessions, silent conferences & more. Henrikas is a great business entrepreneur and amazing inspiration of how a hard work and dedication can lead to a success. He is LCC ambassador in Europe and in the USA, where he is traveling on his business purposes, his company employs LCC alumni and students and he is well-known for his contribution to innovation and socially responsible business. He is always happy to come back on campus and share his knowledge and inspiration with LCC community.

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Henrikas Rapolas Urbonas

Young Distinguished Alumni

2019 Award recipient

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"LCC helped me to become a strong and confident individual. Here, I felt safe to express my thoughts, share my point of view and develop my life philosophy. I felt that my opinion was heard and it mattered. LCC laid the foundation for my critical thinking, appreciation for diversity, curiosity, teamwork, search for creative solutions and accountability to myself as well as to the world around me."

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Eleonora Jonušienė
Country of Origin: Lithuania
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Graduated from LCC in 1999

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