"Right now the people are really tired of thirty year repressive regime," Hadjicostandi said. "And they are about ready for a change."
That change came Friday morning when Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, after pressure from ongoing protests became too overwhelming. Hadjicostandi applauded the effort made by the Egyptians who fought and won their freedom.
"I think that the people are really jubilant," she said. "They're happy. They're out in the streets celebrating and I am really happy for the change. I have talked to some people out of the country and are very happy. However everybody is still skeptical about where we're going from here."
The military in Egypt is officially in charge, and will now handle the transition in power. Hadjicostandi says that the people are now free to pick who they want to be in charge.
"From now on it's a whole new period," she said. "People are free to vote on the person they best feel will represent them."
There is still plenty of work to be done before everyone can sleep easy. But for right now, some Egyptians are feeling free for the very first time, and people here in America are watching.