Where Are They Now? #015: Frederico (Portugal)

Blast from the Past

Student Tours Scotland catches up with our Portuguese friend in another Where Are They Now?

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Thanks for taking the time to do a Where Are They Now interview. It's been around four years since you studied in Glasgow, Scotland. Introduce yourself for us: name, where you are from and one random fact about yourself.

Fred (F): Hey! My name is Frederico Godinho. I spent four years of my life (2006-2010) studying Forensic Investigation at Glasgow Caledonian University. Since then I went to live in Swindon (England) for a year to do my Masters degree and after that I came back to my home country, Portugal. One random fact about me... let me see.. Oh, there was a time during my stay in Glasgow when I was addicted to Starbucks' Peach and Raspberry Muffins.

STS: What do you miss the most about Glasgow and Scotland?

Fred: If I have to single one thing out, I will surelly have to say the people who made my time in Glasgow so special, who I travelled Scotland with, who showed me or discovered Scotland with me. I also do miss the big city life in Glasgow, given my hometown is considerably smaller, the night life, the packed streets on any given day (particularly Buchanan and Sauchiehall), the amazing parks and one thing that I do not get in my hometown as well: the snow!

STS: What one place in Scotland was your favourite?

Fred: Again, it is hard to single one place out, but I would have to say the one place I would always go to when I was feeling a bit down, mainly because it always made me feel better and warm inside, Kelvingrove Park, in the west end of Glasgow.

STS: Do you think it's important to get out and about in Glasgow and Scotland when you study here?

Fred: Absolutely! Scotland is an amazing country and there is, in my mind, no point in staying in one place when there is so much to see, discover, feel. I can speak from my personal experience. For most of my first year I stayed in student halls just keeping to myself and sometimes it could be a bit depressing. From my second year on, point at which I met Gary from Student Tours Scotland (I must say this), my life in Glasgow was so much brighter, so much nicer and much more enjoyable.

STS: But enough about Scotland. What are you doing with yourself now?

Fred: Right now I am doing my PhD in Forensic Science in Porto, Portugal. I am also a university lecturer in the same city, but at a different University.

STS: Have you been back in Scotland since you first left?

Fred: I have, twice. And I am currently planning a trip for early next year. I miss it badly. It grows on you and becomes part of your life. It was like that for me and I honeslty feel a little bit bad for not visiting for so long.

STS: If you could offer any one piece of survival advice to someone about to study in Scotland what would it be?

Fred: First of all, if you are looking for any kind of information, any kind of help you may need, don't hesitate to ask! Despite what you may hear about British people being cold and distant, you will certainly be surprised by how warm and affectionate Scottish people are! Also, don't be afraid to explore Scotland, to get to know it. It will always be a valuable and memorable experience, as there are plenty of adventures to be lived waiting for you.

STS: Cheers for taking the time to chat with us. All the best.

Fred: It was and always will be a great pleasure for me to remember my time in Scotland and to share it with people going through the same. Thank you so much for the opportunity and all the best to you Gary, and to everyone experiencing Scotland!