Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #15: Tiago

Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship come to Glasgow

Student Tours Scotland once again catches up with a Brazilian student who is on the Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship programme. This week Tiago (our second student from Brazil to feature in this blog by that name) speaks with us!

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?

Tiago (T): I'm Tiago de França Queiroz, I'm 23 years old. I was born in Recife, but I was living in São Paulo and studying at the Universidade Federal do ABC in Santo André.

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

T: That's easy it's because of the weather and the accent! Heh! Jokes aside, first I had to choose a country and I wanted an English speaking country so I chose the UK - mainly because I like the culture here and I used to love the English accent. Then I had to choose three universities in the UK to apply for. Searching I found Glasgow and its universities that I liked a lot. I also started liking Glasgow for no apparent reason, I just fell in love with it (it was God guiding me to the right city). I really started to want to come to Glasgow which led me to apply to two out of three universities in the city. Even after I made my choice as much I discovered about Glasgow and Scotland I knew I had made the right choice.

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

T: It was getting a taxi to go to my accommodation. We arrived on a Saturday night and got a lot of taxis (about five or six, the beginning of the slow invasion of Brazilians in Glasgow), the driver tried to talk with us, but it was just impossible to understand him. It was kind of frightening because on Monday my classes were going to start and I was thinking, "I'm not going to understand a single word". My first day at Strath was good and a it was a lot easier to understand the lecturer than the taxi driver. However this was this was my first experience here, the first good one was the 'Burns' Night Supper' on my first Friday here, I tried haggis, whisky and I also danced ceilidh. It was just amazing! That is what I want to remember as my first experience in Glasgow/Scotland.

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

T: I'm loving Glasgow! Life here is really good, the weather is far from being perfect, but nowhere is perfect. What I love the most here is that Glasgow feels like a small city to me (I did choose Glasgow to runaway from big cities), while it actually is the biggest city of Scotland. Also we have lots of parks and green areas (I love nature) and almost everything is at a walking distance. Furthermore it's possible to find all sort of entertainments here. It's a lovely place to live.

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

T: Yes, I've travelled a lot around Scotland! The landscape here is breathtaking, the castles and Scottish history are amazing! The place I liked the most is Dunnottar castle, I've been there twice: once in a lovely sunny day, which gave the castle and landscape one of the most beautiful scenes I've ever witnessed; another time it was really foggy, which was good and gave the castle an interesting mystic feeling.

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?

T: Definitely! Glasgow is a wonderful place to live, with really good universities to study! And soon it's going to be the first overseas Brazilian territory, heh.

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

T: My friends that live here and the accent! It was difficult to get used to Glaswegian, but now I really like it. I find it beautiful and interesting.

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

T: Dry their laundry at Glasgow Green! Have haggis and Irn Bru and as a dessert try deep fried mars bar (a must), they're really tasty, if you don't think too much about what are they made of or how healthy a deep fried chocolate bar might be.

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Tiago!

T: No problem!