Melike from Cyprus about her time in Warsaw
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
Czesc:) I'm Melike K., from northern part of Cyprus. I graduated from a university in Turkey (Dokuz Eylül) and I spent my last semester as an Erasmus student in University of Warsaw (International Business) in 2010. Now, I am 24 years old.
What has surprised you in Poland?
I will never forget the very first minute I went out the Warsaw airport: It was snowing, and a snowflake dropped on my glove. It was my first time to see it's amazingly beautiful design. Until then, I was always thinking this shape is drawn only in cartoons :)
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
I didn't have any other chance because of my faculty's international agreement that year.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
Studying? I changed my faculty because the courses were not matching, so it was 2 weeks later than I arrived when I "officially" start. I didn't even know how to go to my faculty alone in my first day, I saw someone from my dormitory and she explained how to go... Everything was really nice since the beginning, of course with some difficult moments.
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Cyprus:
My class was "international" from all over the world. I really enjoyed to see differences as well as similarities between us. Some of the professors were also from other countries, so it was a unique experience for me. Students were ore active in the class and exams were not like our extremely stressful exams.
What do you like about studying in Poland?
I loved the country, especially city, Warsaw. Snow was beautiful, also green parks after April. Vodka of course, was really tasty (I miss Zubrowka) and parties were crazy as all Erasmus students does. There were always some cultural events around the city which is hard to find in Cyprus. And of course amazing heating systems indoor areas. Plus really reliable and punctual transport network. I am missing all those.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Chopin, Madam Curie, Jean Paul II..first ones i remembered.
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
I regret that i didn't travel a lot withing Poland (I focused on other countries). But i really like Warsaw and Krakow.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
Brazil and some other countries in Latin America.
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
I was participating in some events of ESN Warsaw, but not a lot. I was more independent that I also suggest to other Erasmus students. Don't stuck on Erasmus people only... Try to know Polish people and be friends.
Have you made any permanent relations with polish students? What do you like in the most of them?
I am still in touch with my Polish room mate, Kasia. Others, not at all but I'm sure if I can go again I will find some friends.
If you run your own business or work anywhere, please tell us something about it:
I am working in a private company now, in re&de department. I don't own it:>
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
ABSOLUTELY. Actually, I planned a trip to Poland with my friend that we met in Erasmus last June but because of an exam, i couldn't. As soon as I have the chance, I will go.