Shoolini University M.Sc. Biotech Student Hiranya Chaudhary comes back with a bag full of memories after her stint at West Pomeranian University, Poland. She was selected for a studentship in microbiology and immunology at the West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland.
She was selected for this studentship at Poland courtesy the International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). Hiranya visited the international campus for 3 months and 6 days. Her lodging and living expenses were covered by IAESTE Poland. A certificate is to be issued by IAESTE Manipal, India.
The IAESTE (pronounced i-a-es-te or ai-es-te) is an international organization engaged in student exchange for technical work experience abroad.
We spoke to her about her experience of studying in Poland and the peer at the West Pomeranian University of Technology.
How was the experience of studying in Poland?
ANS: My internship was priceless. The main benefits came down to three elements. First, feeling incredibly grateful and proud to work with very respectful and sweet students and professors. This was a gift in itself. The labs were high tech and I got an opportunity to have hands-on experience on different techniques. Second, visiting the wonders of Europe. It is just impossible not to be in awe with all the beauty and culture the countries had to offer. Finally, meeting intelligent, creative and well-rounded fellow interns from all over the United States, Europe, and South America.
What is the one new thing you learnt there?
ANS: I learnt a bit of Polish and experienced different aspects of polish culture with fellow interns.
Tell us about the friends you made there?
ANS: Not only did I get to learn a lot, but I also made long-lasting friendships. I had awe-inspiring experiences that I would cherish for life.
The best thing that happened to me in Poland was meeting students from all over Europe. Getting a chance to interact with them and share the same dorm as them was an interesting concept of cultural exchange. They made me feel at home there.
What do you think of Shoolini? How it has helped you?
ANS: Shoolini has moulded me as a confident student with a scientific temperament. Dr. Saurabh always pushed me to grab the best of opportunities. I was unaware of the enormous opportunities lined up for students who are really inspired to make a bright future for themselves in the field of Biotechnology. All thanks to Dr. Saurabh Kulshreshtha, Dr. Azhar Khan and Dr. Anuradha Sourirajan that I got selected for an internship overseas and faculty members were kind enough to help me at each step of the process.
Hiranya with her guide in Poland
What do you like most about Shoolini’s campus?
ANS: The campus is lush green, clean and beautiful. There are few favorites spots of mine in the campus where I used to go hang out alone or with my friends to have my peace. Being a city girl from Pune, I definitely enjoyed the peace and calm the university provided me as it was required at this stage of my life.
Who is your favorite person at the campus?
ANS: I had a few favorite faculty members (Dr. Saurabh Kulshreshtha, Dr. Azhar Khan and Dr. Anuradha Sourirajan) and friends like Rashmi Rani Boro, Sonia Thakur, Tanika Thakur, Monika and Yordanos Germame who made my journey at Shoolini a memorable one.
What do you have to say about the faculty?
ANS: As I said earlier, the faculty is extremely supportive, highly updated and skilled in their field of research and expertise. They helped me grow up as a better human being and nurtured me.
Hiranya with her lab group in Poland