Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #07: Matheus

Viva Brazil! The slow Brazilian Conquest of Glasgow Continues

This week Student Tours Scotland chats with another of the Brazilian students studying on a Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK scholarship in the city.

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Hello, so, who are we talking to today? Name, age, where you come from in Brazil, your home place of study?

Matheus (M): Hello everyone! I'm Matheus Altnetter, 22 years old. I'm from Porto Alegre, in the south of Brazil. I'm studying Mechanical Engineering at PUCRS (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul).

STS: Why choose Glasgow, Matheus? What made you decide it was the place to go with Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK?

M: Well, at first I chose the UK. It was a huge desire of mine to come here to study, and especially, live the British culture. After that, I narrowed down all the Universities that had my course as a choice. It was in my plans to study Aero-Mechanical Engineering in UK after I graduate. Therefore, when I saw that the Uni of Glasgow and Strathclyde were allowing me to do this course for a year I didn't think twice, jumped into it right away and made them my first and second choices as the Universities I'd like to go. I can't even remember the third one because I was too sure that Glasgow was my destination. About the city itself, it's remarkable. I searched about it and Scotland and found out only good things. The architecture and the landscapes made me curious and more excited about coming here. And of course, if you are a good fan of football and beer Glasgow is a perfect place for you. The derby between Celtic and Rangers it's such a massive thing in this town that can get you in trouble!

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

M: This is actually hilarious! We had just arrived in Glasgow, went to our accommodation, and then we went to get something to eat. One of the guys remembered that there were no toilet papers at home. So as we're coming back home we stopped by Sainsbury to buy some. When I was leaving I realized that there were like twenty brazilians guys buying toilet papers at same time. The guys who worked there were looking at us in a weird way. It was really funny. It looked like we were aliens and toilet papers were our food.

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

M: Of course! Never had a better experience in my life. I think that having a lot of international people from different countries is incredible! Also, the pubs with rock music, the nightclubs, the parks and the city itself is amazing and very easy to fall in love with.

STS: Have you managed to do any touring around Scotland while here with Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK?

M: Yes. I did a lot in the first semester of the year. It was freaking cold and cloudy most of the times, and still, I saw the power of Scottish's Landscapes. The Highlands especially during the winter is a great place to visit! I manage also a road trip with my friends up to the extreme north of Scotland, and boy, what a trip. The places I visited are breathtaking, something I can't even describe. I would definitely advise to do a road trip in Scotland!

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

M: Hell yeah! I believe Glasgow has everything you need. It's a big city with easy flights out to the rest of UK and Europe. You can get to awesome places very quickly, like Edinburgh and Stirling. You have access to the beautiful landscape of Scotland and it's castles, which is a huge strong positive point. Inside the city, you have bars, pubs, restaurants and other places for everyone tastes. It doesn't matter what you like or not, you'll fit in! For a football fan you're more than welcome! And also, it's a massive place for gigs, either big bands or undergrounds explorers. You certainly will have a music to cheer about and drink!

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

M: Irn Bru! Okay. I'll definitely miss the internationalization. It's not common to find people from abroad in my city/ university and be friends with them. I rarely meet even one or two and manage a conversation but that's all. I'll miss people around me talking in a different languages and accents, and especially not understanding what they're saying! I'll miss the architecture of the city and the amazing places like Glasgow Cathedral and Glasgow Green and Kelvingrove Park. Also, all the British/ Scottish culture and the people holding doors for me.

STS: What one thing would you tell an incoming Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK student that they HAD to do in Glasgow?

M: Ah, man! Just one? Okay. I'd say...take a photo wearing a kilt in front of a Scottish place, a castle for example. AWESOME!

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Matheus!

M: Cheers, mate! Glad to help!