A student from El Salvador Ricardo Rodriguez is completing his bachelor’s degree studies at Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University this year. One of Ricardo’s talents is his ability to combine university studies, work in an IT company, and travel in Russia.
In an interview with the International Service of Polytech, Ricardo spoke about adapting to the Russian climate, shared his plans for the future, and gave encouraging advice to other foreign students.
Ricardo, where do you come from? How long have you been living in Petersburg?
- I come from El Salvador. It is a small country in Central America. I have been living in St. Petersburg for four years. Of course, everything here is different from my home country people, food, atmosphere.
Has life and studies in St. Petersburg met your expectations in general?
- I was a little worried about the language barrier. We also have a lot of stereotypes that Russian people are a little crazy and don’t talk to foreigners unless they speak Russian. I expected it to be difficult to adapt, but in reality it wasn’t that hard. You won’t be left on the street without help, either.
Have you managed to visit many places during your stay here?
- Yes, I travel a lot. I traveled to Karelia and visited the Ruskeala mountain park. I went to Murmansk to see the northern lights. Once I went to Kaliningrad. It was a unique experience. I was in Moscow and Kazan. In the near future, I plan to go to Lake Baikal, I hope to fulfill my dream in March.
What would you wish to other students who are thinking about studying abroad?
- The advice I’d give them is “Do not be afraid”. Don’t be afraid of the challenges you face after the decisions you make. Many of the factors in choosing the country where you’re going to study can be decisive – culture, people, and even local food. I found people who support me here in Russia. So when you’ve made up your mind, just go ahead and do it. If you choose Russia, it will be great. In any case, you will grow, both as a personality and a professional.
The interview was prepared by the International Service of SPbPU