Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #19 - Augusto

Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship

Student Tours Scotland continues our interviews with students on the Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship from Brazil who are studying in Glasgow. This time we speak with Augusto.

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?

Augusto (A): Hi there! I'm Augusto Azevedo, 25, from Campinas – São Paulo. My dream is to live in a house by the sea with a big dog and a cat (and hopefully another human being too) and my greatest fear is dragons.

STS: Why choose Glasgow, Augusto? What made you decide it was the place to go with Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship?

A: I honestly didn’t know anything about Glasgow until after I was offered to study here and, only then, I started doing some research to know where I was going to live. Long story short, I was drunk at my friend’s house in São Paulo and I had less than one hour to pick three universities to submit my application, so I just chose Glasgow Caledonian University by chance, and I don’t even remember which other two I picked. No regrets!

STS: What is your earliest memory of arriving in Glasgow - any funny or weird experience?

A: I had just arrived at my accommodation and taken a shower. Shirtless, on my way to my room, I came across a flatmate of mine who greeted me. I was so exhausted that I just winked, entered my room and fell asleep. She thought I was a gangster.

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

A: The city is so beautiful! Whenever I’m bored and it’s not raining, I just go for a walk around the city centre or a park; it never fails to amuse me. And, if it is raining, there’s always a pub that I haven’t been before.

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

A: I’ve been to pretty much every corner of Scotland with STS, apart from some Islands, to which I intend to go over the summer.

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

A: Definitely. It is a beautiful city with plenty of things to do and awesome bands are always around for the most epic concerts! Plus, you get to learn English with the most distinct accent ever.

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

A: The late sunsets during summer, street musicians by Buchanan Street or Sauchiehall Street, chilling in Kelvingrove Park after having some BrewDog Beer, avoiding annoying situations by saying “no hablo ingles". But mostly, all the cute gingers in kilts.

STS: What one piece of advice would you give students from Brazil thinking of going to Glasgow Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship?

A: If someone with an unintelligible Glaswegian accent comes to talk to you in a club, it’s always better to repeatedly ask, “what?” than to nod with a smile and end up getting a surprise kiss.

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Augusto!

A: Cheers, mate!