Monica from Portugal about her time in Gdańsk

Who are you? Short bios. Where do you come from? Where do you study? In which faculty, bachelor or master degree?

Good question! Trying to figure that out for 22 years! Well, I can tell you that my name is Mónica, I'm studying architecture, but my dream job is to travel the world, which as you probably know, has a lot of competition! I love dogs, like to train them, especially if it is a Border collie, easy learners. Love rock 'n' roll, true stories movies, photography, cooking salty food, etc. I hate silent moments when I'm around more people, reptiles, tv reality shows and people who hates me. Forgot to mention that I'm Portuguese, however always felt that I belong everywhere.

What has surprised you in Poland?

Not that I'm complaining (I'm not), but I thought there would be much more snow.

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

I pondered every choice I had to do Erasmus, but in the end, considering the aspects said in the question number 6, Poland came up to be perfect for me.

Do remember the early days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through.

Dealing will bureaucracies is the worst part of Erasmus, for sure. There is a big lack of connection between the two faculties involved in the program. However it is understandable most of it, for me it was hard to make sure every legal issue was taken care of, and even now, I still have problems with that.

What's the difference between studies in Poland and studies in Portugal?

Not that I don't compare it, but it's something very relative. However I feel like in my faculty in Portugal the level of work and quantity is much bigger. A positive aspect of my course, here in Gdansk, is that they value the construction knowledge, which my home faculty doesn't.

Why did you choose Poland as a place for studying?

Cheap, location, easy to travel around.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

Well, if I google it, I know all!

Which places in Poland have a positive influence on you?

Krakow if for sure one of Poland's cities that made me emotional. Mostly because of Auschwitz, a place that holds so much history, emotions and suffering that can only make you appreciate what you have in life.

Number 1 country you have always wanted to visit but still haven't?

It's quite hard to choose! I'm addicted to travel, so my aim is to go everywhere. But if someone would want to offer me a trip, I would choose a road trip throughout United States of America or China.

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