We met a while ago. I wanted to do an interview with a foreign student of WUT. The first of a series(so, stay tuned:)) Priti had time and will to talk with me although session was on.
She’s been here since October. She’s from the City of Pearls in India. Her parents encouraged her to come here. Priti has also three siblings. Two sisters and one brother. I wanted to know what made her come here. What is her impression of our University, of Warsaw. How does it feel to leave home and stay in a country where so much is different, starting from the weather:)Does she plan to stay here? And if so, why? The answers to these questions are below 🙂 Enjoy!
Priti, where do you come from?
I come from India. From Hyderabad in state of Andhra Pradesh. From the South of India.
What University in India do you study at?
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad(JNTU-H) in Hyderabad.
Why did you decide to leave India?
For education. My parents encouraged me to go abroad and to study. They insisted it would be a good experience. At my University we had an opportunity to continue our studies at European Universities. Thanks to the Erasmus Programme I had a chance to visit many countries.
Why did you choose Warsaw University of Technology?
The education here is among the best one and it is cheaper too than in other countries. Fortunately, I got to know about WUT from one of the “Eucation Poland Consultancy” in India. I saw WUT offer and instantly said “yes”.
What WUT faculty do you study at?
Robotics. This is a very good faculty. I hope to get an interesting job in the future.
Why did you choose this faculty?
I did my Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, so it was a natural choice.
What classes do you like the most and what do you do during them?
All the classes. All the teachers are very nice. I like all the classes.
We have Modeling and Control of Manipulators, signal processing, Computer Vision, etc.
We also have Polish class. I like that class very much.
Who is your favorite faculty member?
Not particular one. I like them all.
They are very, very nice. They are available to clear out doubts even via email.
What do you do after classes / at the weekends?
Nothing much. I mostly stay at home- cook, spend time with my friends. We don’t go out much.. .Due to this weather.
We go shopping every weekend.
Have you made any friends?
Yes, I have a Polish friend from Kraków, many Indian friends, Italian also – I met them at Polish class. I also visit Gurudwara – (worship place). This is where I spend my time often on Sundays. After prayer I have lunch and spend time with my Indian friends.
What do you miss the most?
My family, friends. Even though I talk to them daily via Skype I miss them very much.
What will you miss the most when you come back home?
Studies, my friends, the atmosphere of the University, daily classes, cold… At home it’s always above 25 degrees C.
Yeah, but this is very mild winter…***
Really, oh my!
Last year there was still snow in April…
But spring and summer are really beautiful. You’ll love them.
What are your plans for the future?
After doing masters I plan to start PhD studies at WUT, if I get a scholarship. I’d love to stay in Warsaw and find a job. Even now I’m seriously looking for a job. That was my plan: to study and to work in Poland. I sent my CV to WUT Careers Office but didn’t get any positive response yet. They are very helpful, and so are people at the Students International Office. I really hope to get a job in my profession. And in the future I’d love my parents to come and live here with me.
* Hyderabad – the capital and largest city of the southern Indian State Andhra Pradesh.
The fourth most populous city in India. Hyderabad was historically known as a pearl and diamond trading centre, and it continues to be known as the City of Pearls.
** Gurudwara Singh Sabha – Poland, in Raszyn near Warsaw is the first in Eastern Europe. During its opening in 2008 Singh Sabha chief administrative officer JJ Singh said. “Unlike France, where the Sikh community is facing many difficulties in maintaining its identity, the Polish authorities have given us what we had asked for here. The rights of a minority community are being respected which is most gratifying,”
*** We met with Priti at the beginning of January, when there was no snow and no minus temperatures…:)