Polish students call NWU Vaal home
For Karolina Drejerska and Anna Jasiak the saying -home is where the heart is, does not seem to ring true. Although they pledge their allegiance to their country of birth, Poland, they have fallen head over heals in love with the picturesque Vaal Triangle Campus and already feel at home on the banks of the Vaal River. The 22 year old duo is currently pursuing their BA Honours degrees in Linguistics in the School of Languages within the Faculty of Humanities. “We were immediately filled with excitement when our Linguistic Department’s supervisor, Prof Bertus van Rooy approached us with the prospect of studying at the Southern tip of Africa,” said Karolina.
Asked what their fondest memories thus far include, they are in agreement that the warm welcome they received from the Vaal Triangle community as well as the wildlife on campus are special. According to them they have only seen springbuck on television before – and were very surprised to see them roam the campus grounds! “I love the fact that we don’t have to dress like onions anymore in never-ending layers of clothing, the weather here is great compared to the sub-zero temperatures back home,” says Anna.
These two ambitious young women, who are residing at the new multi-purpose residence (next to Thutuka), are looking forward to graduating in January next year. With all the moral support given by fellow students, lecturers and campus personnel and with the guidance from the Head of the International Office, Mrs Angelique van Rensburg, they are set for success
Published by Sipho Msolo