Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #02 - Rodrigo

Ciência Sem Fronteiras comes to Glasgow

Last week, Student Tours Scotland featured Lucianna, our first student from Brazil who is on the Science Without Borders year abroad scheme. We work with a lot of students across Glasgow and Scotland. The Science Without Borders (Ciência Sem Fronteiras) scholarship lasts one year and has seen over 100 students from Brazil descend upon Glasgow. We at Student Tours Scotland have been proudly hosting them on each and every tour. In fact, I don't think there has been a single walk or coach trip where there was not at least one student from Brazil. So folks, welcome to a new regular blog introducing you to the many faces of Ciência Sem Fronteiras in Glasgow!

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Hello, so, who are we talking to today?

Rodrigo (R): Hello, I am Rodrigo from Curitiba (around 400 km southern of Sao Paulo), where I was born, raised and study. I study at the university of technology of my state (Parana).

STS: Why choose Glasgow, Rodrigo? What made you decide it was the place to go with Science Without Borders (UK)?

R: My first idea was Germany, but I didn't have enough time to apply for the language test. As I already had an English test (IELTS), I applied to the UK. Glasgow was the city with the program that matched the best with the one in my home university - electrical power engineering.

STS: What was your FIRST experience in Glasgow after arriving?

R: On my first day in Glasgow, there was an event organised by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in which we were asked to find places in Glasgow and take pictures of them. The last place was a pub, where everybody met for a small celebration. That was an important day, because as I didn't know anyone, I didn't have a 'team'. I met some other people without a 'team': a guy from the United States and three girls: one finnish, one german and one swedish. Coincidently - or not - they became my closest friends here.  

STS: Are you enjoying your time in Glasgow? What aspects of life in the city are you most enjoying?

R: A lot. I like the wind, the never coming summer and the possibility of having a very comfortable life without transport, I can do everything I need just walking.

STS: Have you managed to do any touring around Scotland while here with Science Without Borders (UK)?

R: Yes. Four kinds of tours: 1 - I did tours by myself around Glasgow with my tour guide; 2 - with my friends, hiking by ourselves; 3 - with my parents, by hired car; 4 - with Student Tours Scotland, which are the only ones that I could have a very detailed and rich explanation about each and every place we've been.

STS: Would you encourage other students from Brazil, who are thinking of going abroad with Science Without Borders (UK) to study in Glasgow? If yes, why?

R: Definitely. From Glasgow you can reach all of Scotland very easily either by train or bus and start ticking scottish Munros (hills) from your list. There are three very close airports (Glasgow International, Prestwick and Edinburgh) from where people have easy access to the main places in Europe. Not only because of that, but Glasgow is a very developed, industrial and technological city. That's important when you choose a place to study. GCU is very developed and I believe the other universities are as well.

STS: What will you miss the most from Glasgow when you return to Brazil?

R: The possibility of doing everything by walking, the welcome feeling of the streets and being among international people every day.

STS: What one thing would you tell an incoming student that they HAD to do in Glasgow?

R: Go to the Necropolis (graveyard) at night.

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Rodrigo!

R: Cheers, man.