Cristina Greek student decides to study in Cracow

Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)

My name is Cristina and I come from beautiful Greece. I study Psychology in Athens and I have a scholarship for the Jagiellonian University this winter semester.

What's your family, friends' opinion about your studies in Poland?

To be honest, they were surprised and somewhat disappointed at first, as both my family and my friends thought Erasmus was all about Paris and London. After I explained everything, they were enthusiastic for me, Kraków and Poland in general.

Tell us about inspiration about studies in Poland.

Since I don't hold any certificates in languages other than English, my Erasmus options were more limited. Poland was one of the countries that combine English courses and the oldest in Central Europe and best in Poland Jagiellonian University with affordable lifestyle, polite people and historical cities, so it seemed as the best choice for me.

Enumerate the three places you would like to visit in Poland.

Besides Kraków, in which I am going to stay during my Erasmus, I would like to visit the whole of Poland, with three certain places being Auschwitz, Warsaw and Gdańsk.

What determinant related to everyday life can convince you to choose Poland from among other countries?

Certainly the cost of living, as times are hard and I also prefer to spend money in travelling rather than everyday expenses.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am a dancer and a pianist, so I practise often. I am also a member of various volunteer organizations of social interests. Other favourite activities include travelling and camping, city strolling, reading books, going to the cinema, watching TV series, studying philosophy, making collages, writing poems, making desserts, decorating my room and many more.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

One of my all-time favourite composers is Fryderyk Chopin, who has also written many Polonaises, and one of my all-time favourite dancers is Wacław Niżyński, so I am very glad that I will go to their country of origin. Other notable people include astronomer Mikołaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus), cryptologist Jan Kowalewski, the Pope Wojtyła, the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, director of the wonderful "La double vie de Véronique" Krzysztof Kieślowski, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O (Lee Orzolek), Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, the Wachowskis, actress Mia Wasikowska, the Warner bros., director Roman Polanski, actress Téa Leoni, actress Laryssa Lauret, poet Guillaume Apollinaire, author Joseph Conrad, Astérix's writer René Goscinny, romantic poet Juliusz Słowacki, physicist Aleksander Jabłoński, revolutionary Róża Luksemburg, Joseph Babinski known for the Babinski reflex in babies, physicist and chemist Marie Skłodowska-Curie, and of course Bolek and Lolek and Wisła Kraków.

Would you take any memento or any item, that would remind you Greece while studying in Poland? What would it be?

I do not think I will feel nostalgic about my country, but what I would take would be some photos of people I love and places I have been to stick on the wall.

Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:

Well, I want to travel the whole world, but I always wanted to visit the USA and take a really long summer road trip through every state and coast, ending up in New York City and the awesome borough of Manhattan.

Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:

I am a member of my University's Volunteer Library Team, in which we support the disabled students and convert regular books to e-DAISY books so as to make them accessible for students with vision disabilities. I am also a member of Activista/ActionAid in which we, as young people, run campaigns, plan events and inform people about the NGO and its projects.

Out of all the television shows you have seen in the past 12 months, which is your most favourite?

My all-time favourite, which I watch whenever I turn on the TV is FRIENDS, but my recent most favourites are Glee, Grey's Anatomy and Gossip Girl.If I had to choose one, I would go for Glee.

If you run your own business or work anywhere, please tell us something about it (what is it, how many hours weekly do you work, etc.)

I only work in a voluntary basis, so my programme is not standard.

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