Ariana Saucedo

Ariana Saucedo
  • Motto: Amor Fati: Love of Fate
  • Country of origin: Mexico
  • Situation: Student (currently studying in Czechia)
  • Higher education institution: Mendel University in Brno
  • Field of study: International Territorial Studies
  • Level of study: Bachelor

What made you decide to study in Czechia?

I’ve always remembered being curious about the world; I developed a passion for geography that has persisted since I was ten. However, when I was 15, I went backpacking around Europe with my mother; we visited more than 20 countries in 8 months. My bubble burst, and it expanded my horizons. Since then, I have dreamed of living abroad, becoming a child of the world, sharing experiences with people from different countries and exploring the diversity and beauty of our planet. After years of planning and research on how to make it possible, the Czech Republic was the perfect match with everything I was searching for.

Did your studies meet your expectations? How did you find the study programme, instructors, university facilities? Were there any differences from studying in your country?

Since beginning my journey, I have known that the program I am studying (international development studies) is perfect for me. I didn’t expect that Czechia would be the place where I could share the same passion I had for living abroad next to hundreds of people, and even now, I ended up helping others chase their dreams through blogs and seminars, speeches, videos, etc. Inspiring others to take the chance to change their life for the better is just priceless.

What was the biggest surprise with regard to studying or living in Czechia?

I honestly was not expecting so many opportunities for foreigners by being a small country in the middle of Europe, but the chances are endless here. Of course, if you learn Czech, you will have even more. Give it a try!

What was your most memorable experience or what did you enjoy most as a student in Czechia?

It hasn’t been easy, but it was completely worth it. I’ve been living here for three years and have collected unforgettable memories. However, every aspect of my life has changed for the better. All these experiences, meeting people from different nationalities, learning a completely different culture, new beginnings, etc., were challenging times, but the ones that made me stronger.

How do you think your time in Czechia has helped your studies and/or your career?

I realized that for the rest of my career, I want to make it meaningful for me and everyone else around me, even across borders, supporting those who need it the most.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying in Czechia?

If you are scared, it Is the perfect moment to step ahead. Fear is normal, and you will thank yourself later; be brave.