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A student from ecuador tells about easy life in Ukraine
- Posted by: Redaktor
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David Mauricio Moreno, a student from Lviv Polytechnic University calls the third year of studies the “apogee” of knowledge and adaptation to people, their mentality and culture
Today, when all people are in a hurry and have no time to study, we can very seldom find someone different from the others. And I was lucky to meet such a person at a music festival. The first question I asked him was not his name. I asked: “Do you speak Ukrainian? What?”
His name is Mauricio. It was so surprising that the guy, who definitely had non-slavic appearance, could speak Ukrainian so well … He was certainly worth attention.
The whole evening the foreigner was talking about the fact that he is in love with Ukraine and it is very easy to live here. He said that most of all he loved to study.
– Mauricio, could you tell me how you came to Ukraine?
– When I was in high school, Ukrainians came to us, they talked about their universities. Then I had to decide which university to enter. I googled what Ukraine was like and I really liked it. Then I began to choose the city in which to study. I came across the description of Lviv and I enjoyed this city. I immediately realized that everything would be good.
– Why were you sure that when you come here everything would be like this?
– I don’t know. It seemed to me that the city was very light and it resembled my house. Maybe because the city is small and cozy. But it was rather difficult to find residence and university here.
– By the way, which university did you enter? Which faculty
– Lviv Polytechnic National University, Faculty of Engineering.
– Did you pass the exams with everyone, or you had a special program?
– I didn’t pass the exams, on the 7th month of my studies I was writing a work as the confirmation that I could study in this university. And I didn’t pass the exams because one person helped me. Once a guy named Gabriel studied in Lviv. He made an education program for his citizens. He helped me to enter the university.
– And is the program free or..?
– Of course, free.
– As for education, do you think it will give you the right amount of knowledge that you can apply in your profession?
– I love studying, and I will always do it. I think I can gain enough knowledge to be a good engineer. And I would like to stay and work here. I believe that in Ukraine, I have much more prospects. Although my father is an engineer, and he can easily take me to work.
– When you were going to Ukraine, what were you most afraid of?
I did not know the language and did not understand how I could talk to people. But soon after the arrival, I began to learn Ukrainian for 6 months. Later I went to University and there I was always asking: What’s that word? What does it mean? Eventually, I even started listening to Ukrainian music. And I can say that I even love Ukrainian music!
– Oh and which musicians do you listen to?
– Well … Okean Elzy. Chervona ruta …
– And do you understand what they are singing about?
– Of course, I understand a lot of Ukrainian words, I’ve been studying here for three years.
– Tell me, why Lviv? Why not Kharkiv, or the capital, Kyiv?
– I liked the architecture, the people… The city is very small, but very cozy. It seemed to me that I would definitely feel comfortable here. Besides there is coffee here. I love coffee!
– Do you go to drink coffee with Ukrainians, or do you have friends from Ecuador?
– I have not so many friends from Ecuador, there are about 50-55 of them at the university. But one of them is my friend. And of course I have lots of Ukrainian friends. These people are open.
– What do you do in your free time? Which entertainments are there in Lviv for foreigners?
– I do not know about others, but in my free time I am engaged in salsa. We all are dancing salsa, it is our tradition. I used to be very shy to dance, but my sister told me, “We all dance, and why don’t you dance? Are you worse?” I thought about this. Now here I cannot live without salsa. After arriving in Ukraine, I was looking for, where I could dance. One day, I saw people dancing salsa. I immediately went to them and now I have been dancing in Lviv for the second year.
– You probably give master classes? Would you like to teach salsa?
– Not really… Here people dance salsa a bit different – very technically, and we have more emotions. As salsa is emotions. But there are people who are very very good at dancing! I admire them!
– And could you give us advice – in general? Your top 5?
– 1. Of course to love your country
2. To study and work for the future of the country
3. To respect all people
4. To reach your aims
5. And you must remember that the most sexy thing in the world is intellectuality, so you should always be sexy.