Mario from Italy and his studies in Warsaw

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

Cześć, Ciao I'm Mario from Italy, for some friends " Super Mario" ( just to make clear im less fat than the games character..haa but I like pizza ) ahha. I was born in Naples, but since years I live in Rome. I'm 23 years old and I study law at Warsaw University. This is my last year of studies and I decided to do my studies here in Poland

What has surprised you in Poland?

That in Spring is possible to have snow ahha im kidding. I like to live here in Warsaw. I had some Polish friends in Italy, so I knew something about Poland before of the start of my staying here. I think some people in Italy, but also in other countries, probably don't know much about Poland, that's why everyone when arrive here is so surprised about how many nice places and stuff there are here. I'm also surprised that Polish people respect traffic lights, even if pedestrian: in Italy something like that is fantastic ahha. I appreciate how Polish people are respectful and kind. Last surprise is the beer with juice ahah..

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

I don't know how many people ask me that, that's the most typical question from Polish people. There are different reasons why I decided to come to Poland: I never been in a East European country, so this time was the good choice to see how a ex-socialist country is develop and change; I don't like travel in places where I know too much, I like the unknown, meet new culture, people. My Polish friends in Italy encourage me to come here and they help me a lot at the beginning of my staying in Warsaw

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

The first days were not so easy, I didn't know anyone, but finally everyone was in this same situation, so was quite easy make friends. At the beginning I was still shocked about the weather, I mean was October and I left Italy with 27 degrees and here in Warsaw was like 10. But after short time I understood that also the weather is part of the experience and so I get use and I have to say that see everyday all things white is not so bad :)

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

In Italy we take everything with more relax , let's say that when you meet friends for studying all together, finally you didn't do anything ahha ...and mostly of time finish with a coffee or a nice talk. In spring when I'm in Rome I'm use to go study at park ( villa borghese ) near my house, I try to study ahha but too much distractions, finally I always eat a ice cream. Btw I have a very good marks, cause I can focus , when I'm study on the important things, and I listen a lot and take notes. Also our professors are more relax I don't know how to say, especially in Rome, where I live. In Poland everything works ahha, like the Eramsus office are efficient, in Italy to get a document you need to quiet so long or know someone etc.

What do you like about studying in Poland?

I like that there is a good collaboration between professor and students, I can fell they are very friendly with us and once a professor invited all classmates to have a coffee with him. My lectures here in Poland are in English and are a kind of seminaries lecture, so means there is more interchange with professors and between students. Sometimes we also make a lesson, that's exciting

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

Yeah of course I meet the singer Doda once ahha. Anyway is amazing how many thinkers and famous people come from Poland but is not so immediately the association : Shopenhauer, Chopin, Kopernic, Curie.I really like cinema, so I'm addicted to Kieslowski, Wajda movies, but I also watched more contemporary works like Sala samobojcow or Little Moscow. In Italy the figure of Pope John Paul II still have a big influence and a lot people love him. I met, during a conference, and 3 times after that, a Polish philosopher, very well know in Italy, Zygmunt Bauman, a great person and thinker, very interesting his research and works about the liquidity of the humans relations and of the society

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

I really like to go to Lazienki Park, cause I love park and open space. A place that have a very positive influence on me is next to river near the Poniatowski Bridge, people go there for drinking, make barbecue is a lovely place especially now in spring.I like living in Warsaw and has been here for 1 year is one of the most nice experience that I've done in my life. I really like also some city like Krakow, Wroclaw

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

I really love to travel, my backpack is always ready. I'm planning to go to Nepal this summer. I really would like to go to Perù, Birmania, China, Singapore and some States of ex Urrs . My dream is to make the Marco Polo experience one day so from Bejin to Venezia overland, no planes. I understood that traveling alone is nice, but be with someone is better

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

Yeah here in Poland I'm part of the Union Student UW, I served as member of the Student's Mobility Commission. My job with them consist to organize events for internationals students: every week we do a tandem evening, or Polish movie with English subtitles. We also organize a cycle of meeting between company and students, where is possibile to have a first approach to the world after studies. There are also several more projects going on, and we are open to new initiatives and propositions

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

Yeah I would like to come back. Life is so strange, I already have done crazy and strange project in my life. I'm thinking about to do something in Poland after my erasmus, I will see how's everything's going and decide after the summer. Poland has a lot to offer in terms of work and I fell a lot stimulated here cause some projects that I have in my mind are just at the beginning here, so is a non-saturated market

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 never worked here in Poland, but in my life I had experience of be part of a company and some associations, so I know how's things going. Probably Poland with the UE may lost some privileges in terms of the market, cause some cities or zone in this country are designed by the government as < special economics area > ( no taxes for foreigner investitors ), in 2017 this will change cause is a clearly violation of UE law.

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