Zulal Turkish student in Bydgoszcz

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

Hello! I'm Zülal,from Turkey.I'm 23 years old and studying medicine in Ege University-İzmir. I was on student's exchange at Mikolaja Kopernika University Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz.

What has surprised you in Poland?

I hadn't had really big expectations before going but maby one of the surprising thing is that summer never visits Poland ;) And people in Poland are quite punctual,even trains...Here everything is masakra :P! When I asked someone where the some places are, they came with me there instead of just pointing or just explaining...

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

Honestly it wasn't my first choice. I'd prefer temperate countries. Porto was my 1st and Thesseloniki was the 2nd choice of mine. Bydgoszcz was the 3rd one. I was a little bit sad about not going to Porto but still hopefull because of my collegues who had been in Bydgoszcz 1 year before me. They had really good friendship and great experiences there.So I decided to walk on their ways!

Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:

How don't I remember ! I was really excited not just about study, it was like new life, I would live in abroad at least for a few months. I was trying to learn about the city, getting used to living in a foreign country-foreign language, different foods, cold weather... After shopping, staring at the girl on the cash desk when she ask me if I want a plastic bag or not in Polish language...Because I had no idea about what she was saying :) One night I would meet with my friends in a pub which has a name "Old Grandma". I couldn't find the way and asked someone where the Oldgrandma is.He thought that I had been trying find my own old grandma ;) Finally I called my Polish friend and he explained the situation to the guy who would help me :) And my first trip from Bydgoszcz to Krakow lonely in my first week to visit my classmate from primary school. 1) Buying a ticket: by my unkown to Polish. just writing on a paper Krakow and time of the train. 2)Changing the train in Warszawa Zachodnia: There was really short time between 2 trains. I would almost miss the 2nd train. I was just running to the next platform. If 2 girls in the same compartment with me didn't help me I could miss it. 3) Getting of the train on the right station: on my dictionary I found the proper sentence about the next station and write on a paper and show the employee... Finally some days I've learn to say "Prosze, jeden biletow studenti do Krakow" or something like that :)

Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Turkey:

Being Erasmus student is of course easier than studying in Turkey. In Turkey I have much more responsibilites but during Erasmus study everything is much more flexible.

What do you like about studying in Poland?

Poland is in the middle of Europe. It's quite easy to visit neighbour countries by train or even by bus.Actually going further countries is not such a big problem. You can find really cheap flights like 40€ for return tickets ;) In my opinion it's not an expensive country. You can travel a lot. Polish people are kind and helpful at least to me even sometimes we don't speak the common language by using some basic Polish words and body language :) Juwenalia time is amazing! It's kind of student festival that you should really attend!!!

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

Marie Curie Nicolaus Copernicus Mickiewicz Lewandowski

Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:

In Poznan Bothanical Garden is cool. In Krakow lots of amazing place to see.The bazaar in the main square worths to see. Trojmiasto (Tricity/Gdansk-Sopot-Gdynia) are really beautiful cities And trying to find gnomes on the ground in WrocLOVE

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

Actually not any more :) My dream was Porto and Venice that I've already visited. Paris as well. The next station might be Romania ;)

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

I'm member of ESN (Erasmus Student Network). We wellcome all erasmus students who get EgeUniversity. But we have common activities with other universities in İzmir as well. Even we arrenge a kind of meeting with other Erasmus people from different cities in Cappadocia. At the beginning we are arrenging campus and city tours for all Erasmus students. Common lunch. We already arrenged Warm up, Wellcome and some concept (Gypsy ,high-school, flag, sports, tie-bow tie, Balkan) Parties, Halloween party. Boat trips, Beach Parties...

Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?

I really want to visit my friends there. Not only that I've met there, who I've met in Turkey as well... Another reason is the visit 2nd camp of Auswitch (I had no time to visit the 2nd one) and the salt mine near Krakow...

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.)

Right now I'm still studying but in 2 years you can find me in a hospital as a doctor in any part of Turkey :)

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