Mubaraq Sadiq Abubakar

Year: 2016

Program: General Medicine

Country: Nigeria

I am a proud citizen of my country Nigeria and came from a family of 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls. Since childhood I've been passionate about a future career in medicine which is the reason why I am here in Russia, to fulfill my ambition. I heard about Russia from different people in my country and I always wanted to be here someday.

It is a great opportunity that not everyone is privileged to have - to be at NSU. When I started studying at NSU I was a bit lazy at first but after a while, I got into the habit of regular reading and hard work, this is the impact that NSU has made in my life.

Monalisa Nothando

Year: 2017

Program: General Medicine

Country: Zimbabwe

The first and most serious problem that I faced when I arrived in Novosibirsk was the language barrier. Not so many people here speak English, which complicates communication. The only people I could talk with were my fellow students and foreign students. But time passed, and I slowly began to learn Russian, it came naturally.

Now, after a year, I understand very well spoken Russian. The second problem that I had to face when I arrived was of course the weather. Where I come from, we are surrounded by a savanna and enjoy the highest temperatures. As a result, cold weather caught me by surprise. However, with the support of my Russian friends I got a lot of tips on how not to freeze. Now I am quite well adapted to winter, thanks again to NSU students.

Before coming to Russia, I was constantly hearing that everyone here drinks, so my parents begged me to be sober in this country. Also, I have almost been led to believe that racism flourishes in Russia. But I must confess that Russians are the friendliest people I have ever met. No wonder I feel at home here.

However, it is undeniable that there are a lot of differences between Russians and Zimbabweans. The most interesting thing in my country is that a man and a woman cannot hold hands or kiss in public without facing arrest. Here, couples kiss everywhere no matter if it is proper or improper. By the way this summer, as I was on holidays at home, I witnessed the arrest of a couple.

NSU is my first University and I am happy to be a part of this big family. Among University traditions, I am fascinated by the student custom to make a fire, sing, and dance all together on the banks of the Ob Sea. I have never been as happy as I am now, because I am aware that I am getting an invaluable experience participating in NSU life and life in Russia as a whole.