Erkut from Turkey and his time in Poznan
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
My name is Erkut and I'm from Turkey. I study biology and this is my last year in the Adam Mickiewicz University.
What has surprised you in Poland?
The thing surprised me most here is that almost everyone can speak and understand English. Before I came to Poland, I made a little research and what I found out was it is really hard to find someone can talk English in Poland but now I see it isn't true. The other thing how everything works how they planned and everyone sticks to the rules. In my country trams never arrives on time or everyone crosses streets on red light etc.
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
In my university I had two options for my Erasmus. First one was Greece and the second one was Poland. I chose Poland because it is really cheap and it is totally a different culture. Greek and Turkish cultures have a lot similar things.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
It was really hard. First of all because of the cold weather it is really hard to get used to it. When i took my plane from Istanbul it was 13 centigrade degrees there and Poznan was around -1 when i arrived. Now this is my 18th day here and i'm sick for like 5 days. Another thing was accommodation. When I read the Erasmus guide of UAM it says that I could have a chance to choose my room type and dormitory but when i got here they just placed me in a random room in a random dormitory i was lucky because I am in the most comfortable one but I know A LOT of people who stays in really bad dormitories and they are depressed because of that. The last thing is foods. It is really hard to find a delicious food in Poznan as far as i could see still couldn't get used to the food here.
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Turkey:
Turkey and Poland have totally different cultures. But student life is really similar it seems. I think it will be wrong to compare Erasmus study with regular study and it will give wrong information but as far as I could observe it is very similar.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
I know the music band Behemoth and its members.
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
I only saw Poznan yet and it is really nice and old. I loved the Old City it takes you back few centuries with a good feeling.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
It's the Netherlands. I really want to visit Amsterdam drink beer and smoke weed I have plenty of friends there so it will be fun for me I think.
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
I am a member of ESN because I'm Erasmus student here in Poland. Well it seems like it is all about partying and events full of fun :)
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
I haven't decided yet because I saw a little of it only and it's been only a month since I arrived here. It has it's goods and bads but overall it is a nice country with nice people.