Nour Allah Munawar from Syria in Warsaw

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

I am Nour Allah Munawar, I come from Syria (Aleppo city) and I am doing two years Master's degree at institute of Archaeology in the University of Warsaw.

What's your family, friends opinion about your studies in Poland?

Actually, my family's opinion about my studies was motivating me all the time, as they supported/encouraged me to complete my higher education after missing the possibility to study in my home university (Aleppo University) due to the dangerous situation in Syria. On other hand, my friends were with my idea to do my MA in Poland as it could increase my knowledge about Poland as a community/culture and language as well.

Tell about inspiration about studies in Poland

The main inspiration came from the new specialization that I found in institute of Archaeology which is Bioarchaeology. It is one of the rare specializations in Europe and it is available in English. Furthermore, this specialization is only available in Poland and the USA as a completed MA program, so I choose Poland because I have experienced living in Europe before and I wanted to learn Polish also.

Enumarate the three places you would like to visit in Poland

1- Auschwitz 2- Cracow 3- Gdańsk

What determinant related to everyday life can convince you to choose Poland from among other countries?

To be honest, when you are coming from far country like Syria and looking to live in Poland after spending one year in The Netherlands, you feel that other communities have a really wrong prejudice about Poland. Because after two months in Warsaw, I have discovered that Poland is becoming more developed and Polish people have rebuilt Warsaw after WW2. So those prejudices and my curiosity to discover the mentality of the Polish people about how they were able to forget everything and looking forward to rebuild their country, actually that what pushed me to choose Poland from the other countries as I wanted to learn and export those ideas to Syrian people in order to help us in rebuilding Syria in the near future.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Since I arrived to Warsaw, I was trying to catch any hour to learn Polish and trying to integrate more with the Polish community. Of course, going out with friends and knowing new people are one of the things that I am doing as well.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

1- Frédéric Chopin 2- Lech Wałęsa 3- Kazimierz Godłowski

Would you take any memento or any item, that would remind you of your homeland while studying in Poland? What would it be?

This idea is good for people who needs some material things to remind them of their homeland, but for me I do not like to have a material stuff to remind me about my home country or even my family. I think those materials are able to be broken or lost, not like emotions/feelings and memories which are saved in my mind.

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

My dream is to visit Palestine and exactly Jerusalem as I am half Palestinian and half Syrian. So, I am trying to make this dream true and hope it is soon.

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

Recently, No but I am looking forward to be ESN member here in Warsaw University.

Out of all the television show you have seen in the past 12 months, which is your most favourite?

I think in the last 12 months, my most watched thing on TV was News on Al-Jazeera channel as I wanted to know the news of my country Syria.

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.)

Actually I am not working now...

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