Spanish student and his studies in Lodz
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
My name is Antonio V., I am 22 years old and I came from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. I study politics and law in Sevilla in the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, but this year I am studying at University in Łódź, thanks to Erasmus programme.
What has surprised you in Poland?
After I was in Austria and austrian people looked at me very bad saying things as "filthy turkish"; I was surprised that polish people were totally different. They normally salute everyday and smile. Moreover, if they can help you, they will do; although firstly they seem serious and even angry with the world.
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
If I said that I did not came here for prices, I would lie; but Poland liked me for other things. Poland is a country in continuous growth, that is improving everyday and I wanted to know new places and a new culture; so, Poland gave me whatever I wanted.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through?
First days here in Poland were great. I arrived to the residence in "Lumumby" and although firstly I thought that it was not very good (I had to live with 2 more people in 12 metres), I changed my opinion in only a few days. I met a lot of new people and everyday I enjoyed here. It is very easy for a person first days when everybody is open and want to improve himself everyday. Soon everybody would find others than look like them and days go very fast.
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Spain?
First of all, in Poland is more important the assitance. In Spain if you want, you can do only the final examen and not go to class in all the semester. On the other hand, here, everybody read presentations and every page has so much information. In Spain, teachers want that people read as less as possible and pages must have only a bit of information. It is more important present than the content. In Spain, most of teachers explain, explain, explain and then maybe students can speak. Here in Poland, I can see how most of teachers base their classes in students, asking a lot of questions per class.
What do you like about studying in Poland?
I like that studies are more practised and not as theoric. It is very boring that you only have to study a book of 300 pages and that´s all. I think you can learn more if there is a combination of theory and practise.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Of course, I know a lot of famous people in Poland. Starting with sportmen as Kubica, Dudek and Lewandosky; but also other people as Karol Wojtyla, Lech Kaczynski, Copernico, Marie Curie and Chopin.
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
First of all, it is obvious that Łódź has a positive influence on me, because make me improve my english everyday, learn to dance salsa, meet a lot of interesting people and write a blog about my experience. On the other hand, I was in Wrocław a few days ago and my friends and me met a beggar that taught us an important lesson for life: "just do it". He showed us that whatever you want you can get it. Only it is necessary yourself and believe in you and you will be able to do everything you want. This beggar live in street, but he has won nearly 30 marathon medals. We have to fight to find that thing that make us happy.....
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
Definitely Australia. I think Australia has the best of Occidental culture and the best of Oriental culture, and the result is obvious: people are polite, hard-working, happy and respect. Australia has many features than make it a place special.
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
I am sure I will come back to Poland in the future, because I like the different point of view of these people, it´s culture and it´s actitude to most of things in life. Poland has many things to discover and it´s very interesting do it.
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 train 5 times per week atomic chess. Actually I am one the best players in the world and if I want to go on in this position (I won the world tournament in 2012) I have to play 3-4 hours a day. Also I participate in a blog competition about Erasmus people and I write 2-3 articles every day to win it.