William Akuffo-Addo is a second year student of the Institute of Medicine of PetrSU. He came to PetrSU from Ghana (West Africa) last September. Young man speaks English fluently, has a good command of the Russian language and knows French. According to the student, he likes living in a small and cozy city with reasonable prices like Petrozavodsk.
William has dreamed of becoming a doctor since childhood, now he plans to be a trained urologic surgeon. He learned about Petrozavodsk State University on the Internet, “When I was choosing a university I carried out a thorough study. Medical science is very demanding and complicated. So a university that offers medical education should have the universal recognition. PetrSU fully meets the requirements”. “It is a good university with wonderful teachers and friendly students. PetrSU is a big university but it is more easily accessible than universities in metropolitan cities”, - William shared his impressions. He says that he has a hard time studying, “In the course of a semester we are taught around ten subjects, while in our country we study 3-4 subjects and the rest of the time is devoted to self studies. At the same time in Ghana students have to pass a test of 70-100 questions, while at PetrSU an end-of-term exam consists of 4 questions. At first all this was strange and seemed difficult. Besides, you have to memorize different formulas and in Russian, too, which is twice harder. I study hard and spend a lot of time in the library. In the Institute building we wear white coats and I like, I feel myself to be a doctor”.
William has been living in the dormitory No.7 of PetrSU for quite a long time already. Over this time he came to like dishes that were previously new to him. He tried borscht, pilaf and pelmeny, which are often cooked in the dormitory as they are tasty and no trouble to make. In his free time the student plays the guitar and rides bicycle. William also likes to spend time with his friends in cafes.
In the near future William wants to complete student practice at the Republican hospital, visit the Kizhi Island, come home to see his relatives and take a trip to Israel. In the long term he plans to complete his studies at the Institute of Medicine of PetrSU (in four years), continue his education in Germany and travel to Australia.