Mihaela from Romania decides to study in Wroclaw
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
Hi there! I am Mihaela. For the moment I study PR in Bucharest, Romania, but actually this is only a very small part of what defines me. What keeps me moving and makes me curious about the world we're living in are the everyday people I meet, their stories and passions. And of course, anything that has to do with the cinema, books or travelling. So I try to get into this things by studying communication, I think it makes a good start, still figuring it out, who knows? :). I'm going to study in Wroclaw at the University of Lower Silesia, communication and information
What's your family, friends opinion about your studies in Poland?
They are very happy for me and curious also. Because they know how much I wanted this and they want to visit Poland too, so this wolud be a good opportunity.
Tell us about inspiration about studies in Poland.
Well, at first I didn't know either I was going to apply for Poland. My main goal was to try something completely new. What made me curious about it was the people and the idea of discovering a new place with its own life and its beautiful culture. After a while, I started reading about Wroclaw, about the life here, about the things that happen, the culture and people. So I said to myself, this must be it. And it was, as it seems. Now, the only thing that misses is me being there so I can tell you more about it by experiencing the living there, not only the inspiring things :D.
Enumerate the three places you would like to visit in Poland.
First of all, I would like to visit at least two of your main cities, Warsaw and Krakow. I am fascinated about their architecture and history. I read about Wroclaw being famous for its bridges, so I think it would be a great challenge to walk across them all. And also, I am sure that I will discover many other beautiful places that maybe are not so famous but which are significant for the people living there. So, I'm really waiting for this surprise. Can't wait to hear the stories behind them.
What determinant related to everyday life can convince you to choose Poland from among other countries?
I think the main thing that attracted me there was the cultural life. I mostly read about it in Wroclaw, the festivals here. I really love jazz music, and I'm passionate about cinema, and from what I could see you have Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Odra, or Era New Horizons Film Festival, and many others, of course.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Well, this depends. If I have more than a free weekend, I prefer visiting a new place from Romania, there are many beautiful regions here that I still haven't got the chance to see yet. If my spare time is shorter and doesn't allow me to leave the city I'm studying in, I really enjoy watching movies or reading. Some of the things I couldn't live without. And of course and always, going out with my friends.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Of course, it would be Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda ( as I said, movie fan :D), Witold Gombrowicz, a great writer. These are the first that come into my mind at this moment. There are also the clasics like Marie Curie, Pope John Paul II, Frederic Chopin.
Would you take any memento or any item, that would remind you Romania while studying in Poland? What would it be?
Hmm, I haven't thought about this till now. Maybe a few books, I'll have my laptop of course, but I'm not sure this counts as something reminding me about my homeland, maybe the data it holds :D. I think I will bring some things like, Romanian food, or symbolic things for the people I meet there, not really to keep for myself. But, I guess the most important things I'll carry wih me are the memories and the stories from here.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
The thing is, there are much more than just one. If you asked like 5 years ago, I think it would have been France, because ot its rich culture, starting with the cinema, and because I like the language. If you asked me 10 years ago, all I wanted to see was New York, it was like the place where all the magic happened. I guess I watched a lot of TV series and movies that grew this fascination about the city. Now I would like to visit some countries from Asia, such as India, Thailand, China, because of the big difference between our cultures. It makes me very curious to know the people there and the way they shape the places they live in according to their view on life. Hope I get the chance to go there someday. :)
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
One of the last student's organization I was part of was AYI ( Young Initiative Association). I was a writer for a blog, Blogunteer.ro, where we wrote stories about volunteering projects all over the world, but mostly from Romania. But besides the blogunteer project I volunteered for, AYI tries to encourage cultural, educational, personal and professional development for youngsters.
Out of all the television shows you have seen in the past 12 months, which is your most favourite?
I no longer have a TV but I watch a lot of TVseries on the internet such as Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Family Guy. And I also enjoy really much stand up comedies, some of my favourites stand up comedians being Louis C.K, George Carlin, Eddie Izzard, Bill Hicks, and many others.
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 currently work as a librarian. I talk to people about books, films, music. I recommend some of them and I also have the chance to find out about new ones. I work full time, which means like 40 hours per week. Is something I enjoy doing because I usually meet curious people and it's a continous learning.