Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #08: Ana

Brazil in Glasgow

Student Tours Scotland once again interviews one of the many students from Brazil who are on the Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK scholarship.

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?

Ana (A): Hi, I am Ana Vega Freitas, a 4th year  medical student from Espirito Santo. I am 22 years old and I study in my home town, Vitoria the capital of Espirito Santo (a state in the southwest part of Brazil, near to Rio, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais).

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

A: I chose Glasgow , specifically GCU, because this is the only university in UK where medical students can have contact with patients.They allowed us to do practical/ clinical classes in any vision sciences course. Apart from this main reason my other reasons were: Glasgow is the 3rd largest city in UK, GCU has good researchers and has been recently ranked by its students as the No.1 in the UK for international student experience.

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

A: I can remember it as it was today. It was on my 2nd day in Glasgow. I accidentally went to George Square because I saw in a newspaper in the university that there was a celebration starting within 2 hours. And when I arrived there I could see all the Scottish athletes coming from the London 2012 Olympic games. All people in the streets, in the buildings and stores were applauding them and holding Scottish flat.It was an unforgettable day!

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

A: Yes, a lot. The facility of living one street from the Uni and two streets from the main Glasgow bus station and centre are possibly the things that I enjoy the most in terms of localization. In the field of the studies I am enjoying all the GCU structure, with its enormous and technological library; the possibility of participating in competitions and extracurricular activities which make you progress beyond your area of study and the accessible professors who are always there to solve your doubts. And last, I could not forget to quote that Glasgow is a vibrant city with lots and lots of things to do and to see and it is also full of helpful and kind people in every corner. Really, people here are so kind that they even stop you in the street to ask if you need any help when you looklike lost.

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

A: Yes, in the beginning I went in some tours with Student Tours Scotland. My first one was to Loch Lomond and Loch Ness. Later I decided that I would like to travel for medical conferences. So I tried to unite studies and tourism. Therefore, I was often going to Edinburgh to participate of courses and later I used to do a different program in the city. Besides medical conferences travels I also had the opportunity to go to Fort William with some friends and to visit Loch Lomond surroundings from both sides with my aunt in a trip by car. We also passed by Stirling.

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?

A: Definitively. Actually I have already done this, and many Brazilians who had spoken with other Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK students and with me are some months ago are now coming to GCU on next month. I would recommend Glasgow as  the main option because in this city you can have a wonderful quality of life, a great structure to study, dedicate and accessible professors to guide you and you will also meet friendly people from all over the world (inclusive people from parts of Brazil that you have never been before)! Additionally, the cost of living here is the same or even cheaper than in Brazil (except for fruits, red meat and vegetable), so you will also be able to afford some trips , courses or conferences in Europe if you want.

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

A: The self study time. Really, this way of study in which you are more independent and do not need to stay ten hours per day watching a professor speech is everything I have always been dreaming since I started the University in Brazil. With this methodology you can take control of your working hours and maximize your potential for study. For example, you can study all the subject's information that was given in the week and you still have time to work in an article because you will stay in the class room a maximum of 6 hours/ day. This also allows you to live better because you will have more time to do other things rather than study, for example: touring.

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

A: I would advise them to go inside every store/ shopping/ book store in the centre. Even the ones that they think that are not beautiful. The best stores, museums, bookshops and cafes seems to be hidden (not from but by ourselves). Knowing and enjoying the place where you will be living is one of the the best things that a person can do.

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Ana!

A: You are always welcome!Thank you for all the tours!