Unsal from Turkey about Poland
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
Hi! I'm Unsal from Turkey. I'm 25 years old, studied geological engineering and now I'm studying chemistry -senior student on my bachelor degree at the Gdansk University Of Technology.
What has surprised you in Poland?
I was expecting cold people before I come to Poland but I met really warm and friendly people in contrast to my expectation. And honest people... Even though I lost/forgot my backpack in the train with my passport, wallet, huge amount of money, cards, cellphone inside; nothing was stolen. Even an old lady who I don't know took me to the SKM Train Headquarter to find my backpack with her private car. If I was a Polish citizen, I would be proud of honest people of Poland.
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
This is the most common question of my Erasmus time. Almost all my Polish friends asked me this question once at least. : ) In my home institution in Turkey, we had few countries to choose such as Poland, Greece, Portugal and Italy to be an Erasmus student. So it was a simple question for me: "Why not Poland?" Because I already know many things about Portugal, Greece and Italy and I taught that it was time to experience Poland!
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
I do remember but I didn't have any problem or difficulties with my school. I had some difficulties with the communication instead. I really admit that the young population in Poland can speak English really good but the old population... I still remember that I had to act like a chicken to tell the old lady cashier in a really small shop that I want to buy eggs.
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Turkey:
They give you really huge amount of knowledge in chemistry department in Turkey. They even teach us the things which we ever won't use again in our work life. But in Poland, they teach us what we need to know. It means that the lectures are friendly for students. Oh, and more easy according to my department in Turkey.
What do you like about studying in Poland?
Really small amount of people in the classes and at least %20 of them is foreigner. This is cool. I have to say that almost all professors are so friendly. You are able to talk with them like your 'friend'; not your 'professor'.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Sure, many of them: Lech Walesa, Adam Mickiewicz, Roman Polanski, Marie Curie, F. Chopin, Lucas Podolski, Agnieszka Radwanska, Papa II. Jean Paul, Kopernik etc etc... PS: I think you Polish people don't know that there is Polish city in Turkey founded at 18th century by Adam Czartoryski. We call this city "Polonezköy" literally means "Adampol" : )
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
Gdansk Old Town, my home in Szeroka street, Sopot Molo, some good restaurants in Gdansk.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
Norway, Sweden, Japan, Brazil respectively.
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
Yep, I'm a member of many student clubs.
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
Sure! Actually I visited Poland after my Erasmus. The reason was my girlfriend and my friends in Poland. In the future I'll visit them again and again. And I always say that Poland is my second home. Polskaaa biało czerwoni!