Hakan from Turkey decides to study in Poznan

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

I'm Hakan, a Turkish guy studying business administration at ITU in Stambuł and I can't wait to continue my studies fort he 2013-2014 academic year at Politechnika Poznańska.

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

From others' perspective, the biggest pro of Poland is of course the level of prices which is relatively lower than the rest of European countries, so the biggest concern gets eliminated. And of course I'm glad they support me and my decision. 

Tell us about inspiration about studies in Poland.

It all started back in 2008, when I had a penpal from Poland and some documentaries, information like the existence of Adampol in Istanbul or some other issues related to Ottoman-Polish relations exacerbated my interest further, so I decided to give it a try and learn the language, thank god I'm at intermediate level now. Back then I didn't have the chance to participate in Erasmus program, but now when my post-graduate studies are in progress I was given the chance and I decided to use it without doubt, I guess.

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

Well, the first one is Kraków, city center, castlesquare and the old city. The second one is Wieliczka. The third one is the mountainside, maybe Karpacz.

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

If not my own interest, it would of course be the cheapness of things. Besides, I already know that the hospitality of people is really nice.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Many things. Music, singing, photo editing, drawing, English poem-writing, gaming, studying foreign languages (English&Polish)..

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

Adam Mickiewicz who visited Adampol and passed away here. Kazimierz the Great, a Polish hero. Jan Sobieski, who of course saved his country from the Ottoman army in Vienna. And Józef Piłsudski who is often compared with Ataturk because they were the key men in the road to sovereignty.

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

Most probably my personal ring.

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

Poland herself only. I guess you know about it too much already :)

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

Not something related with school, but we have a fan club dedicated to the British band Keane over here, we get together sometimes and work to bring the band to our country every year. Guess we succeeded this year for the first time.

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

Really can't think of any...but there was a radio program on Radio Dwójka or something, some kind of radio theatre. I loved listening to it.

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 do work as a freelance translator and work hours are really dependent on my schedule with school and other things. It's like I decide when to laze around and when to get under the workload.

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