Kristina from Belarus story about her studies in Lodz

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

My name is Kristina Grigorovich, I'm from Belarus, and at this moment I'm studying international relations - American Studies and Mass Media in Poland, Lodz.

What has surprised you in Poland?

What was surprising for me is that people are very open to foreigners. Teachers help you, if you have some problems with language or understanding. All people are so nice and friendly.

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

My grandmother is Polish, and since childhood she was teaching me Polish language and gave me idea to go to Poland to study, I liked it, so now I'm here : )

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

The hardest thing it was to understand the Polish language. Because when you're learning language at your homeland, teachers speak with you slowly and you understand them. And when I came to Poland, first few month it was hard to understand what you hear, because everybody speaks very fast and you don't catch everything they're saying. But I must admit, now it's not so hard to understand my friends.

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

In Poland you can do 2 or more studies (faculties) at the same time. In Belarus only when you'll finish your first education, you can start another one. There are more organizations like Erasmus, which gives you a lot of opportunities to improve your language skills and have an interesting experience at your student's life.

What do you like about studying in Poland?

There are a lot of different and interesting practices for students. There are a lot of different organizations, like ISIC, which help students in different ways to built their career in future. Universities gave us much more opportunities, chances and possibilities.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

Czesław Miłosz, Adam Mickiewicz, Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Maria Skłodowska- Curie, Jan Kochanowski, Józef Piłsudski, Bolesław Prus, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Stefan Żeromski, Jan Paweł II Kardynał, Maria Konopnicka, Stanisław Moniuszko, Mikołaj Kopernik, Czesław Miłosz, Wisława Szymborska, Stefan Wyszyński.

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

The museum of Art In Lodz, The рark of Adam Mickiewicz, The Grand Theater in Lodz. But I must say that there is so many places I want to see and I will definitely visit.

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

I want to visit Japan when the sakura bloom. For me it's really fascinating country and I hope I will have possibility to see it.

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

No

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

Of course : ) I love Poland and people I've met here. Here there are big opportunities to self- realization and there are really good perspectives for career.

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