Gauss-Telegraph: 17 international people in Braunschweig – Vicente Regattieri
by Mingma Sherpa
- May you please introduce yourself?
My name is Vicente. I’m 29 years old and I come from Brazil in South America. I am studying environmental engineering here in Braunschweig. I came here two and a half years ago.
- Why did you come to Germany, especially to Braunschweig?
Germany seems to be a home for engineers. Since I wanted to study engineering, this was one of the reasons for me to come here. The TU Braunschweig is one of the best universities for environmental sciences and environmental engineering. Therefore, I chose this university. I also researched about the city and I liked it very much.
- What are your hobbies? Were they affected by the Corona Pandemic?
In my free time I play guitar and listen to music. I also like reading. On the weekend I like to walk around the city with my friends or my wife. Due to the Corona Pandemic a walk through the city is not so good anymore. But luckily, I can stay at home and read books. So, my hobbies are not so much affected.
- How did you find out about Gauss Haus?
There was an event at the university from the International Office, where they listed some organizations and places to support international students. The Gauss-Haus was also there.
- Have you had any problems during your first year, during your studies or at work? If so, would you like to share them with us?
I didn’t have any major problems. But of course, there are some challenges when moving to another country for the first time. Dealing with a new culture or trying to understand how the university or health insurance works are certainly fundamental issues of living in another country.
- Did the Gauss-Haus help you to solve some of these problems?
Sure! The Gauss Friends were always a reliable source of information and were always open and helpful.
- What do you think about the Gauss-Haus?
It is a great place to have a great experience. People from all over the world come together and find support there. I think everyone should go there. It’s worth it.
- What do you suggest to international students who come to Germany?
It is a good experience for all who try it. There is a lot of bureaucracy, so you should be very well organized. The best thing is to plan/organize long term in advance.
- Have you participated in activities at Gauss-Haus?
I was a student worker there for a while. As a member of the Gauss Friends I also attend the theme events, the cooking workshop and the reading circle.
- What do you like to do most at Gauss-Haus?
I enjoyed the reading circle very much.
- Have you ever shared information about your country and culture at Gauss-Haus?
I had the opportunity to give two presentations about my country. It was very nice to see what the guests already know about my country and what they would like to know beyond that. The guests were also happy to taste the food and asked questions.
- Do you suggest other people to visit Gauss-Haus?
I think everyone should join in, because on the one hand you get the support you need and on the other hand you have a lot of fun.
- What do you think are the strengths of the Gauss-Haus?
In my opinion the openness. The people at Gauss-Haus are very open. The Gauss-Haus is a place where everyone is welcomed.
- How do you think the Gauss-Haus helps international students?
By being very open to everyone. It doesn’t matter where you come from, what political views you have or what religion you belong to. Everyone is treated with respect.
- Do you have any suggestions for the improvement of the Gauss-Haus?
Keep up the great work and try to reach even more people!