Anastasia Mgaloblishvili

My degree program was…

BA in International Relations at TalTech University.

Before coming to Estonia… 

Well, I was freaking out. Not only was I moving to a country I knew very little about, but I was also 18 and moving alone for the very first time. Being without family, cooking by myself, being so far from home… Looking back now, the two-three months before my move were one of the most nerve-wrecking months I’ve had. It only took me one week in Tallinn to realize how insignificant all my worries and concerns were & realize how much I actually liked this place and my new lifestyle. 

Student life in Estonia…

Estonia is so so comfortable and convenient for student life. It’s tiny, cheap, and everything works on time. Busses come exactly when they’re supposed to, you can’t really get lost, and mostly everyone speaks in English. The international student community is growing each year, and there are always events organized for them by ESN or other student networks. 

Studying in Estonia… 

Just so I don’t make this too abstract, I will tell you specifically about studying in TalTech. In short, I absolutely loved it. The campus, the library, and just the atmosphere in the uni is so dynamic and modern that it makes you motivated to study. I think that wherever you are, as long as you are motivated and willing to learn, you can do it, and TalTech provides you with lots and lots of opportunities to achieve that. 

For example, every year (out of my three years in Tallinn) we had Oxford Cyber Age conferences held in TalTech with Professors from Oxford giving a 2-3 day lectures on cyber security in the framework of IR. I realized my interest in cyber-security after attending the first training session in my first year. I was also able to spend a semester in Rome through TalTech’s Erasmus exchange program with LUISS, so the opportunities infinite and you should definitely take advantage of them! 

Best things that have happened to me in Estonia…

As cheesy as it’s going to sound, the best thing that happened to me in Estonia was meeting all the people I met throughout my 3 years in Tallinn. Not only did I make lifelong friends, but also amazing lecturers who have had quite an impact on my future plans/career. Also, I learned how to live independently (and all the lessons and craziness that come with that), so I think that was as much important for me while living in Estonia as studying and getting my BA degree. 

I miss the most…

Definitely all my friends that I made there who are now spread around all over the globe broken heart

My future…

After graduating TalTech, I did a 6 month internship in a US think-task based in Warsaw - the German Marshall Fund of the United States and am currently back home in Georgia until September. As much as I enjoyed my independent life in Tallinn, I am currently really enjoying being home for a few months. From September, I will continue with my Masters at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, where I got full scholarship to study European Politics and Governance. 

I would tell others…

I know the weather doesn’t really help, but start off your time in Estonia with a positive mindset. You are only there for a few years but you will make the most out of your time there if you have the right attitude. Find your group of people and keep a balance between studying and enjoying your student years.