Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a 4th year Business Management student from Limbaži, but right now I could say that I live in Ventspils. I love to travel, so I think I'm lucky my parents and brother live in Norway. I consider myself an enterprising and somewhat shy person. Although I'm a 4th year student I don't really know what to do after graduation. I still need to think about it carefully!
How did you decide to study at VUAS?
While choosing a university, I paid attention to several factors. I’m a person with mobility impairment and in a wheelchair. In Latvia, people with reduced mobility have the opportunity to study at almost all higher education institutions (HEI), but this has to be done from a distance as HEIs are not adapted for wheelchair use. I like being among people and think that face-to-face learning is a better way to learn a subject, therefore I wanted to pursue full-time studies and interact with other students and staff.
Another very important factor for me when choosing a university was getting out of it and going to university on my own. When choosing a university in Latvia, I considered how easy it was to get to university from home and vice versa. I chose VUAS because I got what I wanted at this university. A university where I could freely use wheelchair and study full-time. Also, the student dorms are connected to university itself, so I have no problem getting to places.
How did you choose an internship at VUAS?
When I was looking for an internship, I knew that it had to be wheelchair-accessible. I also knew that finding a place for internship would not be easy either because I had no previous work experience. While searching for internship, I also realized that I would like to stay in Ventspils and look for a place here. I applied at VUAS for my internship with hope that I would be accepted and it happened.
What is your study and internship experience at VUAS like? Do you get support from students and teachers?
I consider myself very lucky with current colleagues, faculty and internship. Lecturers always helped me and gave me a little more time for tests, because I write a little bit slower than others.
My course mates also supported me from the very first day. Whenever we went somewhere, I was always involved in all the activities. My course mates always had this attitude towards me: “If you can't get there, we'll change the place or figure out how to get you there.” I am grateful to them for the patience and help I received from them over these four years.
At internship everyone is always nice and helpful and they make me feel good. They also help in situations where I don't understand something. Feeling joy to go to work!
What would be your advice for new students?
My advices for new students:
It should be highlighted that Sintija's activity and commitment is noteworthy, as she has also taken the opportunity offered by the Erasmus + programme to go to Greece. What she did in Greece and gained from this exchange will be told in another story!