Interview with Nora from Hungary and her time in Lodz
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
Hi, my name is Nóra, I'm 23 years old and I came from Hungary to study in Poland, Łódz international connections, international marketing in the University of Lodz. First of all I have to admit, that I'm not an exchange student, after I finished my bachelor studies in Budapest, I came here to make my master degree and to live in beautiful Poland.
What has surprised you in Poland?
The most surprising for me in this country was the kind and friendly way of people how they treat me. This makes me feel good in Poland, so much, that the missing of my country sometimes, I almost forget. Even if my Polish knowledge is quite poor, everybody tries to help me, as much they can, and as much they understand what I exactly want to.
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
I had more reasons; some of them were more rational, than the others. The biggest reason for me to come to Poland was that I fall in love with a Polish guy, and of course this brought me here, but also I got interested in the country, and the situation in my home in the higher education got quite difficult, so this was a good alternative to continue my studies.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
I can remember quite well and clear this. Just one week I was in the country, everything was new, and strange for me, when I had to go to university to begin why I came here, my studies. I was really afraid, but as it comes out later, I did not have any reason to be so much scary. Like I said earlier everybody was really friendly and open to me, and it was not hard to found people who helped me and were also interested in me, and what I'm doing here.
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Hungary:
Big differences I can't see, maybe this that the teachers are more flexible, but this can be also because of the fact that I'm studying in English and not in the native language of the country.
What do you like about studying in Poland?
I like the most to meet new people, and to know more about a quite similar but still different culture than my.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Of course, Marie Curie, Chopin, Copernicus, Kosciuszko, Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda.
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
I think I visited in Poland almost just nice places, the most I liked Gdansk, Zamosc and Lublin. The atmosphere of these cities caught me, and the nice old buildings.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
I always wanted to go to Italy, to Rome, to the Forever City. Sadly I haven't been yet, but one day, sure I will visit it.
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
I'm planning my stay in Poland in long term, at first for 2 years, and after we will see, but if I would have opportunity I would like to work also here. I think Poland is a country for me where I could live, and where I could stay long, but why...it is really hard to describe, it is an expression, and a feeling.