Duygu Turkish student in Przemysl
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
My name is Duygu and I'm a 20 year old girl from Samsun, Turkey. I study history and I'm currently in my third year at Bozok University.
What has surprised you in Poland?
I am surprised that most of the young people here speak English so well. I expected this in bigger cities like Warsaw and Krakow, but I did not expect this in smaller towns like Przemysl.
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
I knew I could travel to other European countries from here much easier and cheaper than from Greece, my other option. Also, the Ottoman Empire and Poland have some history together and I wanted to learn more about the region.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
I attended an American culture class for my first lesson and everyone was speaking English so well that it was hard for me to understand. One of the biggest struggles of mine has been finding food that doesn't contain pig meat. I have learned a little polish now, but in the beginning I always needed help ordering food or buying at the market.
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Turkey:
Erasmus here is so much easier for me because my teachers don't give me much homework. They know that English is neither my mother tongue nor theirs. So I spend a lot of my time here on Skype and socializing with my friends in the dorm.
What do you like about studying in Poland?
I am so thankful that I have made such wonderful friends here. We are all like family here even though we come from different places such as the US, Ukraine, and Poland (of course).
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
I know Adam Mickiewicz because there is a monument of him in every city I visit. I have seen him in Warsaw, Krakow, Lwow, and Przemysl. My friends and I even saw a plaque for him in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
I love Krakow because it is a very international city with a lively night life. It reminds me of Istanbul and the choices for dining are so diverse. I can eat Chinese, Italian, Egyptian, and even Mexican food.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
London, England has always interested me. I want to eat fish and chips and drink british tea. Also, I want to see the parliament building, Big Ben, the London Bridge, and other landmarks.
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
No, but I have sincerely enjoyed my experiences here at Panstwowa Wyzsza Szkola Wschodnioeuropejska in Przemysl.
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
Of course. I would love to come back and visit my roommate Kasia. She is like a sister to me and I will miss her. It would be nice to visit Krakow again in the future as well.
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.)
Currently, I am fully focused on my studies so I am not working. After my graduation next spring, I would like to be a history teacher in Turkey. This is my passion.