Giulia Cristiano, Italy
Hi Giulia! Where are you from?
I’m from Lentini a small town located between Catania and Syracuse in the Sicily region, in the South of Italy.
Tell us about your life in Italy.
I’m a third year student of Law in Catania, so I’m living there during the week and during the weekends I go back to Lentini to see my family and friends. In my hometown I’m a member of a scout group and enjoy organising outdoor and volunteers’ activities.
Why did you come to Ireland?
I wanted to have an experience abroad in order to improve my English during the summer. I thought about England, but I changed my mind because I had been there before and above all because a friend of me suggested that we go to Dublin together and I didn’t think twice. I was curious about Irish landscapes, the people and their culture.
What do you think of Dublin?
I think that even though Dublin is a capital city it’s easy to move around and there are a lot of buskers and I like the atmosphere a lot. Dubliners are always willing to help in a friendly way: for example, helping you to find an address if you’re lost in the streets.
What do you do in your free time here?
We usually walk through the city centre and sometimes we visit the museums hoping that the weather will be on our side. During the night time we usually enjoy the night life of the city around the Temple Bar area and I like the Irish music and the atmosphere in Dublin’s pubs so much.
What would be your advice to new students coming here?
My advice to the new students is to speak in English as much as they can, to enjoy and to improve their English, trying to meet new people from all over the world. This could be a good way to make new friends.
What is the biggest difference between Ireland and Italy?
One of the biggest differences that I’ve noticed here is the noise in the city; I mean Dublin is much more calm and silent in comparison with Catania. People speak in a low level of voice and the cars don’t use their horns so much. Obviously, the things that are most different are the food and the weather, however, I also noticed that here people don’t pay much attention to fashion like in Italy, so maybe people feel more free to wear whatever they want.
Finally what do you think of Atlas?
I’m really happy to have found Atlas, and the first thing that I have noticed was the friendly atmosphere and the way that the staff members are always willing to help you. The teachers are available all the time time to answer all of my questions, and believe me there were thousands! They use a really good method to teach you. I would like to say a special thanks to Kieran because I appreciate him not only as a teacher but also as a person.