Daniel Spanish student in Gdansk
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
Czesc!!:), I'm Daniel, I'm 24 years old, I came from Spain (Murcia). I was studying Business Management in Spain during 5 years, and now I'm enrolled in master degree program of International Management at Gdansk University of Technology.
What has surprised you in Poland?
Honestly I didn't know many things about Poland before I came here, but I was very curious of knowing different cultures and ways of living and traveling all around Europe. I'm positively surprised. Poland is a very nice county, even if the weather during winter is really hard (masakra!! :)) I met very nice people who made me feel like at home. There are also very nice beaches and places for sightseeing in Gdansk that make it very special place to live. I was also surprised about the fact that polish people drink too much Vodka and they use to go for parties really early (7pm).
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
I was looking to go on Erasmus to some country in which I could study in English and Poland was one of my favorites destinies because I heard many positive things of people who were Erasmus before me.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
Yes I do, I had some problems at the beginning to find a flat but finally everything went good. I am very grateful to all the people who helped me.
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Spain:
There are many differences in my opinion comparing studies in Spain and Poland. In Poland there are many presentations and project to prepare (almost every week). In Spain studies are more focused in theory and exams.
What do you like about studying in Poland?
I met very nice people in my studies, the student atmosphere in Poland is just amazing, there are many trips activities and parties organized for students.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Absolutely I know many of them specially the 3 football players from Borussia Dortmund, (Robert Lewandowski is a kind of Polish hero) :), Robert Kubica, Nicolaus Copernicus, Lech Walesa, Arthur Schopenhauer and The actual prime minister Donald Tusk:).
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
Well, this is a hard question!. I would say that which make positive influence are not places but people.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
I always wanted to visit Russia but I have never been. The fact of asking for special Visa and wait to receive it discouraged me to go there (I don't like those bureaucratic issues).
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
No unfortunately I'm not member of any student organization. I don't have time for it (nie ma czasu) :).
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
Well, actually I already came back after my Erasmus which I finish last year. The question is not why but why not (czemu nie) :). The most important thing is feeling that you are comfortable, it doesn't matter where you are. Poland is a very nice place to live.
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'm working in a company as an accountant, I work 40 hours per week so it's really hard for me to combine work and my master degree studies, so I don't have as much free time as I would like.