International Students

2017-11-03 00:00:03

Greek Erasmus Student: Studies at MRU Helped Meet Many Intl Students

imgp6637 Erasmus student Eleana Botsa from Athens, Greece, says studies at Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) have broadened her horizons and allowed her to meet many international students from various countries.

She has made friends with students from Armenia, Poland, Iran, Romania.

In August, she boarded a flight, her first flight abroad to Vilnius taking her beloved violin. In her spare time, she plays the violin.

"I have already gained a lot of experience meeting other people here. This is the best thing for me - to find similarities. The world is not so different as we think. Actually, if not the distance between us, I would find even more similarities," said the 19-year-old student, who is majoring in speech therapy at the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus.

Before coming to MRU and Vilnius, Botsa had never left Greece. Now she is planning trips to Riga and Lapland with fellow students.

"I have already started planning trips. It is magic - these trips. You travel and meet people from other countries."

How did she choose to study in Vilnius? Botsa said a lecturer in Greece recommended she study in Lithuania and she herself wanted "to see another culture."

"I may not have a chance to go to Lithuania at another time. Not many people from Greece go to Lithuania," she added. It's difficult to reach because there are no direct flights from Greece and airline tickets are expensive, she added.

Food, served at the dorm and in restaurants nearby, is very different from Greece. Botsa said she eats salads mostly and tuna sandwiches and sometimes makes soup.

"I have tried cepelinai, but it is a bit heavy for me," said the student. She said she misses chicken in-the-oven dishes, stuffed peppers and seafood.

She said she is satisfied with studies and singled out MRU Institute of Humanities Lecturer Eglė Selevičienė and another Lecturer, Alvyda Liuolienė as great educators. Botsa also said she enjoyed MRU Assoc. Prof. Rita Raudeliūnaitė's lectures on "Integration of the Disabled into Society."

She has learned much from MRU Psychology Institute Lecturer Dr. Arvydas Kuzinas, taking his course, "Attention, Memory and Learning", and from Psychology Institute Lecturer Renata Garckija. She said S. Mickėnė, who lectures on the "Basics of Social Research" is a great lecturer and she enjoys MRU Assoc. Prof. Sigita Rackevičienė's "Basic Lithuanian" course.

"I find my lecturers here are very supportive. I find answers. They stay after lessons to talk, discuss. They try to advise and provide suggestions," Botsa said about her lecturers.