Tell us something more about yourself.
My name is Julieta, I’m 18 and I’m from Colombia. I consider myself an extrovert and I’m a joyful person. My greatest passion are the arts, I adore singing, dancing and acting.
How and why did you get into the exchange program?
To be honest since I was a very little kid I always wanted to be away from home on my own. As I grew up this feeling increased and when I reached my last school year I was just desperate to go very far away. Fortunately my mom had a close friend who was member of the rotary club which is currently in charge of my exchange.
What are your expectations?
My expectations as an exchange student are to get to know a new culture and of course to have the greatest year of my life. Also I see this year as a great opportunity to get to know myself better and to acquire more responsibility.
How do you spend your time here?
Besides going to school I attend dancing lessons in the art school and singing in a choir in Košice. Also I have been able to make a lot of friends who make my time here much more funny and busy.
What do you like the most of our country?
Until now I have enjoyed a lot of your beautiful nature and this beautiful town, I also love that people have been really welcoming and nice to me. Oh and of course, I adore Horalky. 😀
Do Slovak people surprise you in some ways?
In my country I’m very used to hugs and contact with people that I appreciate, it is something really common. Something that was a little shocking for me is that people here are a little more serious, they don’t like contact that much and I’m trying to get use to it. But it has been really nice to see that the friends that I have made until now started hugging me because they know it was something I really miss.
We know that you already graduated, what do you think about Slovak schooling system?
It is not that different than in my school in Colombia. The only difference is that in Colombia we had the option to stay after class doing activities that we liked.
Do you like Slovak cuisine?
I have found that it is very different to my typical cousine, and even though I don’t like everything I can say that I love goulash and spinach halušky.
Julieta, thanks for the interview and we wish you a great year here in Slovakia with us.
Lenka Zentková (4.E)