Interview with Alessandro from Italy

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

Hello! I'm Alessandro from Italy. I'm 24 years old and I'm doing my last year of master degree in International management at University of Genova. I have been in Poland for 6 months as Erasmus student studying economy at Politechnika Gdanska.

What has surprised you in Poland?

A lot of things surprised me and I don't say that just because I want to seem kind, but just because all of that is true... the kindly of people, the hospitality, very nice landscape, the frozen sea and of course the very short,and cold, days during winter!! :-)

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

Poland was my first choice but honestly I don't know why.. I mean, I didn't want to go to the typical country for Italian Erasmus like Spain, Portugal, England, France or Ireland but I wanted to taste some totally different culture from mine and Poland was for me a mysterious country because I've never been there before my Erasmus..so I decided to jump in the dark and I've put Gdansk as my first choice in the application...BEST CHOICE EVER!!

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

Of course I remember.. My first day was one of few days with sun in 6 months! :D kidding...anyway my Mentor came to pick me up with a friend to the airport and they showed me Gdansk, Politechnika, of course some clubs , Sopot, the molo, the beach etc . In the following days I was living in a Hostel with other Erasmus and they would have become part of my great friends during erasmus. At the beginning was not so easy even because my English was the typical English for Italian...almost zero but after few days I felt like home.

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

Compare to my University, Politechnika was great! Nice building, everything new and perfect, facilities,bars inside...just amazing for me! Lectures were nice, interesting and teachers were very nice with me and other student..about the rest I was not attending so many classes so I can't tell you more :-) but anyway I passed all my exams with good marks :-)

What do you like about studying in Poland?

For sure the environment inside the University and the way that teachers speak with students and are available to help them..In my university is not like that, you can be Italian student, Erasmus student or God but the situation doesn't change..It's impossible to find teacher out of classes.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

Boniek! the football player.. but also Maria Konopnicka! I was living in a street named like that and I still don't know how is written. She lived in Genova, my hometown for a period of her life.

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

A lot of places...but above all Gdansk city center, the neighborhood where I lived, Sopot, dormitories, Wroclaw, Krakow, Torun etc...

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

Several country but which i want the most is Argentina probably.

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

I'm a member of Y.E.A.S.T. ( https://www.facebook.com/yeast.genova) an association for social advancement mainly orientates at young Europeans to support the international mobility and ligurian area's promotion.

Have you made any permament relations with polish students? What do you like most in them?

Yes, I have several good friends there...as I already said i like the kindness and the hospitality...and of course I like the way of drink and party :D

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

Yes, sure! I came back there several time and I'm going to do it again soon! I love Poland! It's always in my heart.

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