Marta from Brazil and her studies in Poznan

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

Hi! My name is Marta and I study DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) in the Poznan University of Medical Science. I've born in Brazil, but I lived in Portugal most of my life. I can say that I am an easy going person, really outgoing and always with a smile....but I confess that I have a bit of a temper sometimes! I love to have people around, I really need to socialize! And the sun...I need the sun or I go crazy!

What has surprised you in Poland?

The food actually! I was prepared to go to Poland, to embrace all the history that is inherent to Poland, I've talked a lot with friends that went there before...but I thought that the food would not be good, everyone said that! But I fall in love and gain 5kg! Thank you Poland...

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

Actually it wasn't my first choice. Our university provide us 4 destinies to go study abroad, in the Erasmus program and the other...to Brazil. So that's was my first choice, I was the third one choosing...the place was taking for the first one! Then...I thought if it's for going out of here, I need something different but where I can feel safe and if the life style is cheaper that in here, better. I never saw snow and Poland was to only country from the other 3 that I could see that...as you can imagine, for someone that never saw snow and want to, the choice was obvious! ;)

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

The main challenge was the language, no one on the University talked in English at first, we had to find students to translate or help us.

Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Portugal?

I think the main difference is that we give more value to the theoretical part of the subjects. When you start with the practice, you already know the theory, so it's a lot easier to adapt and to face all kind of situations. And they're not as easy going with the students as they were with us there, they want more, more quality, harder workers, they try to pull out your best every single time and the rules were stricter.

What do you like about studying in Poland?

The best thing was that every class was in English, the teachers spoke in English and we were working with the English program, so we learn a lot of the vocabulary for our area. I liked to work on the patients to, we had a little bit more freedom that we have here.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

Probably just the Pope, Jan Paweł II or Karol Józef Wojtyła while he was just a bishop!

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

Krakow, you still feel the history behind that makes you a better person. All the suffer around it, makes you fight so the history doesn't repeat!!

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

New Zealand! Who doesn't want to go?! A lot of virgin nature to explore, beautiful tropical beaches, warm weather and completely different culture from Europe.

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

I'm part of the student's organization of my University, we make an effort to keep good relation between school board and the student's, we fight for their rights, we organize meetings, parties, dinners...we're available for anything that students want to do!

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

Yes! I want to go to Gdanks! I need to see the sea frozen!!! And to revisited the places that I visit while I was there...it was so many good times, that a totally miss the places!

Have you made any permanent relations with Polish students? What you like the most in them?

No, I think the closest I get from Polish students we're Canadian/Polish. Born and lived in Canada with Polish parents. They're awesome people, really open mind and easy going!

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