Hello guys! My name is Tsvetelina, I am from Bulgaria and just came to Saratov two months ago to get my Master Degree in Advertising from Saratov State Technical University.
Ok, I want to be absolutely sincere with you, so I am going to tell you the story of my life, my Saratov challenge.
In Russia the first day of school is the 1st of September. So I had to be here till then. And I arrived few days earlier.
The initial shock grabbed me immediately. I was alone, with no Bulgarians at the city, nobody known… You can imagine how I was feeling at this moment. The only thing I wanted was just to take my way back home. But I had to wait at least to see how my lessons at the university will be.
So I had to take my life in my hands for a few days and to make myself feel better. I started to go out for a walk around the city. I had no idea how to get from one place to another and where I could go … So I had to ask… Ask everybody on my road.
And this was the first thing that made me want to stay. I couldn’t believe that just a question as “How can I get downtown” could make new friendships. People here are friendly and helpful.
Let me convince you of this with the following situation: I had a problem with my dorm. When I came, I had to do some paperwork, which I refused to do alone. But guys, Russia is Russia – they have their rules and if you don’t like them, you are free to go, they will not change for you.
So I didn’t do the paperwork and I had to leave my room. At this tough for me moment, one woman from the university came to my rescue. She was going here and there with me, she brought me to one hospital, then to another one so I could make all the tests needed. She was calling me every day, just to ask how I feel today. And you know what? Now I know she is the vice dean of my faculty. I still can’t believe that the vice dean of the faculty was walking around the city, from one place to another, just to help me.
This is the first university I can see this happening. I hope you realize what a wonderful family The Saratov State Technical University has.
Now I have my friends here – Russians and foreign students from all around the world. I feel very safe with all these great people around me. And I feel proud to say I am studying Advertising at Gagarin State Technical University of Saratov!