Introduce yourself briefly + Three facts about you
I am a 23-year-old Erasmus girl from Italy. I live near Rome and every day, on my way to University, walking through the crowded alleys, I feel so lucky to be born and study in one of the greatest cities in the world. It is in my nature to always try to not take anything for granted and to give my best every day to become a better person.
– People are surprised when I say these things: I don’t eat any kind of fruit, I don’t like going to the beach, I don’t like animals because I’m scared of them.
– One of my greatest passions since childhood has been the history of art: I love museums, paintings, statues, photographs and every kind of artistic expression. As a consequence, I’m never tired of visiting new cities and I prepare destructive itineraries because my goal is not to lose any attraction.
– I am definitely a morning person: I prefer to get up very early in the morning and take a moment to relax in the evening. This is probably due to the fact that both in high school and university my alarm was set to 6 if not earlier and I got used to it.
You are actually an exchange student from Italy, why did you decide to come to Estonia?
When people ask me this question, I always reply that it was Estonia that chose me. At the time of applying, I entered only Northern European destinations because in addition to making a study experience, I wanted Erasmus to be a completely different life experience than I was used to.
After more than 5 months spent here, I can confirm that my expectations have been fulfilled and I will certainly recommend Italian students to consider this destination.
What has been the coolest experience while staying here?
Unlike what happens in Italian universities, courses at EBS do not engage every day of the week and this has allowed me to explore not only Estonia, but also many neighbouring countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Sweden). The experience in Lapland was unforgettable (how many people can say they drove a husky sledge?), but I also collected so many good memories in Estonia. What struck me most are the landscapes: people here have an intimate connection with nature, which is unique in its kind. Viru bog in the Lahemaa National Park will always have a special place in my heart.
What’s your dream job?
I have always dreamed of working in the art environment, as an exhibition curator or museum director. Although I have undertaken a somewhat different university path (I am studying Administration, finance and control), I do not exclude that in the future there may be the possibility of combining my passion for art with my studies in economics. What I do know for sure is that I would like to work in a dynamic context, even abroad, that pushes me not to be satisfied and to always give my best.
How do you usually celebrate your Christmas?
In Italy, Christmas is a particularly heartfelt celebration, whether by believers or not. For me it is an opportunity to be with my loved ones: my parents and my brother are the dearest persons in my life, and I am glad to share every festive moment with them. Obviously, as for any other Italian, food is essential: mothers and grandmothers prepare countless courses and meals last for hours, laughing, listening to music and playing board games. This Christmas will be even more special because I will be back on Christmas Eve after so many months away.
How do you see the world in 20 years?
I’m not famous for being an optimistic person (something I must certainly work on) and I don’t think the world is heading in the right direction. Certainly in 20 years the environmental issue will be significantly worsened, and we will all be even more addicted to social media, in full Black Mirror style. But at the same time cars will drive themselves, so many diseases will be cured and perhaps, why not, we will have colonized other planets.
What is your life motto?
“Think at all the beauty still left around you and be happy”- Anne Frank
Editor: Tea Teesalu