Ewelina-Drzymala-Poland

Ewelina Drzymala

Poland, BSc Hotel and Restaurant Management

I chose Oxford because it is a great city for study. It is very cosmopolitan, very lively and definitely a typical student city. There's a great atmosphere here and I like the mixture of all the cultures and languages - you can learn a lot from it.

Ewelina Drzymala - Poland, BSc Hotel and Restaurant Management

Why did you decide to study in the UK?
I chose Oxford because it is a great city for study. It is very cosmopolitan, very lively and definitely a typical student city. There's a great atmosphere here and I like the mixture of all the cultures and languages - you can learn a lot from it.

And why did you pick the course that you chose? 
Because I am really passionate about hospitality; I think this is the future. There are a lot of job opportunities after this particular course. You can do lots of different jobs, work in many different positions all around the world.

How did you find the change from studying at college to being at university?
It was very different. At college it is like everything is given to you, while university gives you the opportunity to learn by experiencing. The modules are designed to stimulate your creativity. The teachers are great, they treat you very personally and they are like your friends. This really helps I think.

What is the best thing about your course?
The best thing is the people - staff and students - and that the learning is so creative. On my course we have a chance to manage the Brookes Restaurant and this is really active learning: we can cook and serve people. Then we managed an event, and would create our own menus, so actually when I finish at Brookes I'll already have all the experience I need.

We also had a module where there was a virtual hotel and we had to manage it. If we didn’t manage it well, we would fail the course: it was forcing you to learn.

What do you think of the learning facilities at Oxford Brookes?
I think they are very modern. This is a well-equipped modern university and it is providing great support, especially for students from around the globe. This might sound a bit too much but it's what I think: this is a place where you can realise your dreams.

Yes, I use everything. I really like that in the library everything is available online. This is a really new thing to me, because in my country we don't do this. The Virtual Learning Environment means you can check your grades and everything and communicate with your teacher by email - it's so much easier.

 

How do you think that the course has helped you with your future after you graduate?
I think that the course is perfect preparation for real work, as it includes a work placement and all of the theory. It just prepares you for everything, every situation.

What do you like most about living in Oxford?
The atmosphere: the city is quite small but there are still so many things to do. There are lots of mixed cultures, different languages, different people. You can really feel that this is a student city where ever you go. At day, at night, I really like it.

You're doing some part-time work while studying - did you find it easy to get a part-time job around here?
It is quite easy because I'm studying this particular course. You can see that hotels and restaurants are very interested in graduates. Big luxury hotels even come here - we had a presentation recently. They are looking for talent, for graduates, so you can see that it is something big, to study here.