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Andrés Tello, Ecuador, Ambassador 2013-14

1. What are you doing now, after finishing your studies in Groningen?

Since I came back to my home country, Ecuador, I work as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Cuenca. I am teaching undergraduate students of computer Science, including some of the subjects I learned during my masters at UG. In addition, I am working on projects that involve Big Data Analysis and NoSQL technologies at the Computer Science Department of the University of Cuenca.

2. How was it to be an international student in Groningen?

What makes Groningen a wonderful city is the vibrant atmosphere of an authentic student city. As an international student in Groningen I could meet people from all over the world and share and learn from the experiences of others. Hence, being an international student in Groningen is unique. The mixture of locals and foreigners gives you the opportunity to open your mind and become a fully developed professional.

3. How did studying in Groningen change you?

Living and studying in Groningen changed me to grow not only academically, but also personally. It allowed me to open my mind and see life from a different perspective. As a Latin American student, the cultural shock I experienced during my first months was overwhelming. Hence, studying in Groningen helped me prove to myself that I am able to adapt to difficult situations and, most importantly, that I have the commitment and determination to achieve my goals. Finally, the education I received at RUG allowed me to become a good professional and have the opportunity to work doing what I really like.

4. Would you have suggestions for dos and don'ts for new international students in Groningen?

I have just one suggestion for new international students, especially for those who might experience a cultural shock like I did. Don't let the panic win! Open yourself to become part of that new culture. Open your mind to new experiences and be yourself. Soon you'll realize that you are part of that city and country where you felt like a stranger at the beginning. At the end, you'll feel that Groningen is like home!

Andrés Tello
Andrés Tello
Last modified:09 November 2017 11.45 a.m.