Di Wu’s first journey outside of China brought her straight to the University of Pécs. She was only 18 years old back then and just finished high school. Almost four years later she is an intern at the International Office at the Faculty of Business and has some remarkable insights about town.
What’s your story? How did find Pécs?
After graduating from high school I chose majoring in English and business. I have been told at the education agency that I could try studying abroad and I started looking for universities. A friend of the family who works at the education agency told us about Pécs and the Faculty of Business. So we checked its background, its long history was appealing and I finally arrived here in 2013. After preparatory school I started business school and I live in the dormitory next to the library.
What is your hometown like?
It’s called Shangrao, and you can find it in the southeastern part of China but not at the coast. There are a lot of mountains and rivers and we have a lot of nature sights and attractions.
What is your first memory of Pécs?
When I arrived here for preparatory school there were not that many international students since it was a weekend. I found the people nice, maybe because they don’t meet many foreigners. Everybody was very helpful and even if they didn’t speak English at all they tried to explain where to find what I was looking for. Sure, at first everything was unfamiliar and I felt very homesick. I tried to contact my parents often but after school started and I met my classmates everything went fine. I had to ask a lot of question what is appropriate to do in Hungary. Like giving your seat to elders on the bus. Is this okay or this a rude thing to do?
What are your favourite places?
I found a violin teacher who works at Kodály Centre and she showed me the building and invited us to concerts. This is my favourite place in town. Also the TV-tower and its vicinity. Mecsextrém Park is also a great place to have a lot of fun. We have a Chinese students union and we organize trips and events for ourselves and this was one of our destinations.
Any favourite venues?
We go to Replay quite often. It’s not cheap but the food is quite good. Also Lezser is a favourite because they speak English very well. The newly opened Főtér is also a place where I like to go out, they also have wine from Tokaj that is something I always bring to my family when visiting them.
How often do you see your family?
I travel back to China only once a year in the summer but then for three months.
Any advice for newcomers in Pécs?
I advise students to join as many orientation activities as possible. Join as many events as possible. For tourists: I think if you have a sunny day everything will be just fine since the atmosphere is great here.
What do you miss from Pécs?
There is nothing that comes to my mind instanly, but it would be nice to meet more people from Pécs since they usually seem to be very nice. I never had difficulties like in Budapest where people just go by and ignore you e.g. if you ask them for direction.
Do you go to the Chinese restaurants here?
Not really, because the food is not at all like at home. Actually, they can make everything if you ask them and if can tell the name of the dish. But that’s more expensive than the dishes on their menu.
Do you have a favourite Hungarian food?
Yes, I do love gulyás (Goulash). In the beginning I didn’t like eating out in Hungarian restaurants since everything was too salty for me. But I got used to it.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m looking for another European business school to make my MA there. I’m collecting information right now, but maybe there will be a gap. I’m thinking about working a year somewhere, maybe in Budapest.