Sarina Masoumi

Coming to Estonia...

„Wait, what? Where’s that?“, was the question that came to my mind with the first mention of Estonia. Thanks to Google, I’ve learned more about it, and my decision became clear. As an adventurous person, I like to go places nobody knows about.

Before coming here...

Since I’m from Iran, I should have obtained a visa before arriving to Estonia. There’s no Estonian embassy in Iran, so I went to neighboring Georgia to apply for the paperwork.

Student life in Estonia...

... strikes as quite affordable, compared to many other countries. It’s easy to have part-time jobs throughout your studies, although you have to be prepared for low wages. As for the social life, there are many places to meet international students in Estonia. It always helps to have your friends around, while surviving a harsh weather during the dark and cold winters.

My degree program is...

I am studying Crossmedia in Film and Television at Baltic Film, Media, Arts, and Communication School, Tallinn University (before: Interior Architecture at Estonian Academy of Arts).

Studying in Estonia...

Tallinn gives you many educational opportunities, such as free public seminars and screenings, where you learn without being worried whether you can afford it or not.

Best things that have happened to me in Estonia...

As a person who comes from a big and crowded city, I enjoy how calm and peaceful Estonia makes you feel.  

I would tell others...

I’m always saying how much I like Tallinn: it’s small, you can easily go anywhere without wasting your time on commuting. There’s also Telliskivi Creative City, my favorite spot in Tallinn: it is astonishing to see old, industrial sites renovated into such an appealing district. Finally, I really love the summertime here, because it’s not burning hot. I actually like cold!

My future... 

I’m really passionate about game designing and see myself working in that industry in the near future. Since there are so many innovative startup companies in Estonia, I might as well stay here.

The last thing I want to say...

I would like to add that Estonia represents a fast-developing country and an attractive study destination. While the winter weather certainly makes you stronger, the summer gives you many opportunities to claim about yourself: local companies are always looking for young, talented people.