Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #22 - Paulo

Everybody Loves Glasgow

Student Tours Scotland brings you another of our regulars from Brazil on the Ciências 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? Tell us a random fact about yourself.

Paulo (P): Hello, my name is Paulo Fernandes Proglhof, I am 24 years old and I come from the state of São Paulo. I currently study at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), located in the city of Santo André. For a random fact I would say that my favorite animals are owls and my favorite Pokémon are Squirtle and Psyduck.

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

P: I chose Glasgow for several reasons actually. I have always had a large interest in the UK, its history, landscape and culture, and of the different countries that form it. Scotland is the one that I have always liked the most. I also atended a lecture that the University of Strathclyde gave at my university back in Brazil in which they spoke about the university and the City of Glasgow. This lecture, alongside my interest in Scotland, shaped my idea of applying for Science Without Borders in Glasgow.

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

P: I have memories of all the travel and arriving in Glasgow, from São José dos Campos, my hometown, to the hostel I stayed in before moving to the accomodation. I think that the best memory I have is this: on our first night, me and some friends went out to see the city and have dinner and we found a really cool pub that had a karaoke night that night. We got in, sat on a table and ordered food. When the host of the karaoke started talking, none of us could understand a single word he was saying! I looked to my friends and said, "we were fooled! We were told that we had learned English, but we did not!". The accent was quite a shock, but within some weeks we managed to understand it.

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

P: I'm loving my time here! What I most like about the city is the opportunities you get here. If you are a cafe-person, there are a lot of different ones that you can go to; if you're a party person, lots of nghtclubs; if you're a park person, plenty of them. Whatever you like, you can find your little spot in the city, and you can get to experience all of them if you want.

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

P: I have.  During this year I have taken some trips around Scotland on my own, with friends and with Students Tour Scotland. I have gotten to know most of the seven cities in Scotland as well as some towns and villages and I've learnt a lot of Scotland's mythology, which is really cool.

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?

P: Yes. I would recommend Glasgow as a destination for CsF students because it is an awesome city: it is the perfect mixture of a big city that has shops, nightclubs, bars and pubs mixed with the calmness of a small city. Everywhere you want to go you can go quickly. Also, the Scottish people are very open and easy to get to know.

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

P: I think that I can say that I will really miss the friends I made in here. I made a lot of good friends on this travel and even though it has been only one year it feels like I know these people for over five years. I've made friends in here that I can say with no doubt that will be in my life until the end, no matter how far they might be from now on.

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

P: I would tell them to bring warm clothes and to be prepared for the best year of their lives.

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Paulo!

P: Thank you, Gary.