Elina from Greece in Gdynia

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

My name is Elina and I come from Athens, Greece. I'm 22 years old and I study Sociology in Panteion University of Athens. I was in Poland the previous winter semester, with the Erasmus program, in the Polish Naval Academy in Gdynia (AMW).

What has surprised you in Poland?

The first thing that took me by surprise there was the cold weather! It was like nothing I have ever experienced before. I will never forget the day I arrived, I thought that I wouldn't make it through the winter!

How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?

Actually, I didn't think of Poland. I didn't get picked for my first choices, so the Erasmus office of my University suggested that I go to AMW and I agreed. It was a spontaneous decision that I never regretted.

Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:

I didn't go through any kind of troubles. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Also, the first days of my staying there I didn't have any classes. And later, they weren't actual classes, they were more like meetings with the professors, because we were only 2 people there from Erasmus program.

Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Greece:

I couldn't compare because, as I said, I didn't participate in a real class. So I don't really know.

What do you like about studying in Poland?

In general, I would say that I liked very much the communication me and my friend had with the professors, as we were having something like private lessons. Also, I liked the way of living of the students there, that everyone is so close to each other and you can come and go whenever you want.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

Of course I do. I knew some before my studying there, but now I learned about many more. From many sectors like science, music, religion, athletics etc.

Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:

If I get the question correctly, Krakow was one of my favorite places in Poland. But I wouldn't say that it influenced me as a person. Surely it expanded my horizons, but it was the whole experience that had a positive influence on me. The places I visited, the people I met, the friendships I made, the obstacles and the difficulties I had to overcome all by myself, the things I learned, all of these affected me.

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

That's a very big list! Generally, after the Erasmus experience I have come to a conclusion that travelling and learning about other countries and cultures is a life purpose.

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

Unfortunately, no. In Greece that system is totally different than in Poland. There are some students' organizations in the Universities, but they function in different way. And to be honest, I don't really like it.

Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?

For sure! I hope that I'll have the chance to come back. Basically for my friends. I left Poland 2 weeks ago but I already miss them. Also, because I spent a period of my life there. That will always be a part of me.

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