Said from Turkey his time in Warsaw
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
I'm Said. Since 2009, I live in Warsaw, Poland. By end of 2013, I will be graduated as Computer Engineer here. I'm a student at the Vistula University. But at the same time, I'm founder of Polonyadan.com, the first Turkish portal about Poland.
What has surprised you in Poland?
First of all, Poland is much quieter than Turkey. Especially in the evening, in weekdays, there is no voice out. My country is little bit different in this case. Secondly, Polish language made me shocked actually. Yes, it's a hard language as we all know. But I really love this language!
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
Main reason is, a different education system in Turkey. It was quite bad at that time, 4-5 years ago. Then I was looking for some European countries to study. I contacted with my friend. He was studying in Poznan that time as a lover of Poland. This was also a good reason for me, to choose Poland.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
Sure I remember. My first teacher at English school, asked me thousands questions about my country. She thought that Turkey and Turkish people are so far from European countries. But if you ask me, Poland is the closest European country to Turkey. But even at the beginning of studying in Poland, I did not have any problem. Because Polish people are quite friendly.
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Turkey:
Studying in Poland is much cheaper and easier than Turkey. I say easier but it's only at private universities. But in Turkey, even private universities are much more expensive and harder. But if we compare state universities between two countries, for sure, Polish universities are much better. We have only a few good state universities in Turkey. But Turkish private universities much better than Polish private universities. Because they have more activities and benefits for students.
What do you like about studying in Poland?
Polish people like to study and create their own career way. I really like it. That's why I like to study in Poland. When I go to libraries, even sometimes it's hard to find place. Because all students are studying. Secondly, I'm a foreigner here. That's why lecturers like me more. Sure I like it. :)
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Sure yes. Pope John Paul II, Chopin and Nicolaus Copernicus...
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
Cracow, everyone should visit this city! :) Gdansk, it's my love! And the capital city of Poland, Warsaw! If you come to Poland, you must visit these three cities! For summer, I suggest Gdansk and for winter Zakopane.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
Dubai and Venice (Italy) are in my dreams always! I can visit soon. But I love to live in Warsaw.
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
Unfortunately no. But I would like to be a member of a student's club, sure.
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
I still live in Poland and actually I'm not planning to leave Poland. That's why I cannot ask myself if I would like to come Poland back in the future. But even If I go to different country, sure, I miss Poland always! :)
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 am founder of Polonyadan.Com, the first Turkish page about Poland. We share all about Poland in Turkish language since 2010. In addition, we share information on BajecznyStambul.PL in Polish and on AboutPoland.Net in English. But mostly, Polonyadan.Com is our special project. We work with Turkish Embassy and Turkish Businessmen in Poland.