1. What is your home country? Are you currently living there or did you relocate?
I am from Spain, from Tenerife to be exact, in the Canary Islands. I have lived there most of my life so far, but two and a half years ago, I decided to move to Bulgaria, where I am currently based.
2. Did you study in your country or did you choose another one?
I studied Journalism in my hometown, in Tenerife, but I had the great opportunity to spend a semester in Poland with an Erasmus scholarship.
3. What were your priorities when choosing the university?
It was clear to me that I wanted to study Journalism, so in my case I prioritized the study program over the university. At that time I did not have the opportunity to go abroad, and since the public university in Tenerife offered the program, I stayed there.
4. If you could go back in time, would you have preferred other studies? Which?
No, I have always been clear that I wanted to be a journalist. A fun fact is that I come from a family of teachers, and my parents were always suggesting that I go in that direction. Now I work in education, using my communication skills – just perfect!
But, if I could go back in time, I would definitely have tried my best to go to study abroad from the beginning. My Erasmus experience has been one of the most exciting in my life and a semester was not enough.
5. Was it easy for you to adapt to a different country?
When I moved to Poland for those 6 months, I experienced what is known as culture shock. It was my first time visiting this part of Europe and it is quite different to the Canary Islands. I had some tough times in the beginning, especially because I was missing my family and friends, but I got used to it quickly. Making new friends and traveling through the country helped a lot. In the end, I did not want to go back home!
6. Did you speak the language? Did you experience any issue with that?
I had no idea of Polish, and it was not a big deal because my classes were in English. Anyway, the university offered us Polish lessons and they were very helpful, especially when it came to interacting with locals. I learned the basics and was so proud of myself! Now, sadly, I have forgotten… But it is all a matter of practice!
7. How helpful has been your international experience when finding a job?
It has been crucial. In all the job interviews I have had since then, I have always been asked about this experience, as it says a lot about the person. But, above all, it is a vital experience that gives you a series of skills that you can undoubtedly put into practice when working.
8. What advice would you give to future international students?
To be persistent and pursue your goals, to believe that everything is possible if you really want it and try with determination. At first, going to study abroad may seem like a crazy and far-fetched idea, it can be scary to step out of your comfort zone, but it is much easier than it seems. There are many options and resources available to make it possible, and it will change your life for the better!
And now… Let’s get to know you a bit better!
What is your favorite book?
I know it may sound funny but it is the Harry Potter saga. I belong to that generation and it was really magical to read the books as they came out.
What is your favorite music genre?
I guess it depends on my mood, but if I have to choose one, I would say reggae music.
Who inspires you?
Simone de Beauvoir.
What are your hobbies?
Yoga, going to the mountain or to the beach, and just spending time with my loved ones.
What is the most exciting place you have visited?
This is a very difficult one but I would say Kruger National Park in South Africa.