Miray from Turkey and her time in Warsaw

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

My name is Miray , I'm from Turkey- Istanbul and I'm studying Russian Language and Literature at Istanbul University. I'm also learning Polish as my third language in the University that's why I've chose to come in Poland for Erasmus.

What has surprised you in Poland?

I've positively surprised from lots of things during my study programme in Poland but in here I'll mention only two things since I've limited place: First of all it's really easy to make new "good" friendships, Polish people are open-minded, careless and they're smiling a lot to you and it's really a good thing. I've never worried about my friendships, they're so kind especially guys) and friendly. :) Second; I was really surprised when I was in a Polish wedding. It continued for two days and nights. There was alcohol and food all the time. They know how to have fun, drink and cook! (They have lot's of delicious dishes.) When I was in the wedding I guess I've took 2 kilos and afterwards it was really hard to fit in my dress.... :) By the way they are also dancing a lot tirelessly...

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

Being honest I've never thought about coming in Poland and studying Polish. I've been studying Russian, it's a really hard language and I was thinking that I cannot learn one more language while I'm studying Russian. At my first grade I was thinking that I've found my best language and I was really like it. Then one of my friend had been studying Polish and Russian at the same time and I thought it was really cool . For my it looked impossible to learn Polish and Russian. Since Poland and Russia are sharing the same history, I've started to think about studying in Poland for Erasmus. Now I'm really appreciated that I've chose Polish because since the very first beginning of my Erasmus I was really satisfied with my study, school and friends. I've learned a lot about history, culture and friendship and now I think that Polish is my favourite language. :)

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

During my first week I was with my cousin and he was helping me a lot and at my second day I've met with a Polish girl, Kasia (she is my angel), we were together all the time and she helped me a lot about every detail while I was renting a flat, everytime when I had a trouble she was coming and helping to me. Actually I didn't have a really big trouble, so it was fine.

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

In my opinion the University of Warsaw and the Istanbul University are similar to one another. If we speak about campus they are also really similar. My home university is divided into parts in the whole city, it's a really big and historical university so it has lot's of faculities and lots of political events had happened at Istanbul University in our history and it still continues today. I think also from this aspect they are quite similar.

What do you like about studying in Poland?

My professors! They are all really friendly, cheerful and helping to students without complaining about anything. I was really happy when when I've found the professor who likes Turkish coffee a lot and I took him a pocket of it, he was really surprised and I could see from his face that he was pleased so much.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

For sure! I knew Krzysztof Kieslowski before my Erasmus and I've took a lecture about him and his works. I also really like to listen Polish metal - rock songs.

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

II WW Museums, especially; National Museum, Pawiak, Uprising Museum, Auschwitz and Birkenau (Krakow), and Krakow Trade Hall... And I think the most beautiful place is Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven (St. Mary's Church) in Krakow. I also have to mention city of Torun here, it is so beautiful but unfortunately I didn't have enough time to visit museums or any other historical places.

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

I want to see the world! But let's say first of all since I'm studying Russian, I would like to visit Russia soon. Then the United Kingdom, China, Japan, India, Bulgaria and so on... :)

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

No, I'm not.

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

Yes I want to do my master's seminar in Poland, but I don't know which city now. It's hard to decide because I really like to study in University of Warsaw but also I would like to live in Krakow or Wroclaw. The biggest reason is history. I think my homeland's history and Poland's are similar to one another and I want to study history & literature.

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