Student Interview: Voronezh Is Like Tartu, but 10 Times Bigger

If you don’t speak or read any Russian, you can just call her Katherine, though her friends back in Voronezh know her as Ekaterina. Katherine comes from Voronezh State University, where she studies journalism, and is on her exchange semester in Tartu now.

Katherine has tuned into the study mood (ask her how if you need a boost), praises the friendly atmosphere in Tartu, and hopes to make friends all over the world. You probably have a good chance to meet her at the UT Botanical Garden or café Werner, as she claims to have fallen in love with those places here.

What else?… Find out in the twitterview!

Ekaterina

Who is Ekaterina, and who is Katherine? Photos from the personal archive.

@ Hello Katherine! By the way, is it your real name or some sort of a version for your English-speaking friends?
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ Sure, it's a kind of nickname because of a rather difficult pronunciation for non-Russian speakers.
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ My real name is Ekaterina. The surname - Bogdanova.
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ Ok 🙂 You're coming from Russia - from where exactly?
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ I'm an exchange student of Voronezh State University.
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ How big is Voronezh and your university? What do you study there?
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ The population of Voronezh is about 1 000 000 people. But you should take into account that it's a real student city.
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ My University is the biggest and the most popular one in our region. I'm studying journalism there.
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ So it's like Tartu, but 10 times bigger?
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ Something like this, yeah).
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ Katherine (should we stick to this name? :), you've spent the first few weeks in Tartu - what are your first impressions?
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ First, I haven't seen such small, but civilized towns (not villages!) yet. Maybe, it's typical of European towns).
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ Second, of course, people there are MUCH friendly there than in Voronezh. They easily make contacts with you - it's cool!
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ To crown it all, the atmosphere there really tunes you to a studying mood because of student conveniences).
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ Nice to hear that! When you say friendly, do you mostly mean other international students, or also locals?
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ Both). Now I can say I have a number of friends from America, Asia and Europe (including local students as well).
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ Oh, that's a relief) And which student conveniences are you referring to?
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ I mean a little distance between the university buildings, excellent condition of the dorm, a big, rich library and so on).
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ Good you like it) Still, Estonia isn't the most exotic or fancy destination for people from Russia. So why Tartu?
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ My University has close relations with the University of Tartu. Figuratively Voronezh is like a son of Tartu science).
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ Because if you have a look at its history - The University of Tartu was "partially moved" to Voronezh in 1918.
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ Yes, in 1918 under German occupation in Tartu Russian academics & students fled to Voronezh & Voronezh State Uni was founded.
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ So it's like searching for one's academic roots?)
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ Something like this). And, of course, it's quite a good possibility of studying abroad.
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ How about your everyday activities, do you speak English or Russian when e.g. shopping in Tartu?
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ When talking to older people I usually use Russian.To Estonian youth I usually speak English.
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ There are some tensions between Estonian & Russian parts of the population here. Have you experienced that in Tartu?
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ Maybe they are more tolerant to international students... Actually I haven't experienced that.
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ That's good. Do you have a favorite place in Tartu yet?
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ I can't say I have explored Tartu well yet, but I've already fallen in love with the Botanical Garden and cafe "Verner").
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ How about bars and night clubs?)
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ I can't say I'm keen on such places but I enjoyed Pub Crawl organized by ESN and welcome party in "Atlantis"!
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ 🙂 What do you expect from your semester in Tartu?
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

@ I want to learn subjects which are not taught at my home university, to have an experience of studying in English...
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ ...and to make friends all over the world, sure!
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ Maybe it will become an impulse to return to Tartu for seeking MA or PhD degree. 😉
@Katherine_Bog
Katherine Bogdanova

@ These are all great goals! 🙂 Екатерина, большое спасибо за интервью. Удачи!
@TartuUniversity
University of Tartu

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