At PTE Medschool we think it is important for the first and upper year students to rest assured that they can reach out to someone with their questions and when they are going through tough times.
The chief aim of the program is to make it easier for students to find solutions to their problems.
We started the initiative in 2019 with 16 Peers and grew to work with over 40 helpful individuals by now. There are students from the Hungarian, English and German programme of our Medical School, as well as from PTE’s Dentistry major and our School of Pharmacy too.
From the challenges of the first and upper years through to mental health related issues even, the Peers can provide support to the ones in need. If you feel lost, a Peer is always available to lend you a helping hand and make you feel better!
What sort of things can you reach out to the Peers with? Anything! If you feel you haven’t got anyone to turn to with your challenges, pick a Peer regardless of their background and what language they speak, together you will soon find solutions to your problem, being it a study related or life management matter!
Hi, I am Vivi Balla a 4th year medical student, I am interested in Surgery and Forensic Medicine.
I applied for the Peer Program to help the Freshmen, and others who have been here longer.
My goal is to bring our foreign fellows closer to the Hungarian students, and to make new friendships.
I would like to help you with studying, to get to know Pécs more, to the Freshmen in the new environment, and with Neptun issues, or Hungarian language.
I am involved in a International Mentoring Program, the ’Tanítsunk Magyarországért! Mentor Program’, and the Humsirc.
I am actively paticipating in Emergency Society, Surgical Society, and TDK (research) - so I can help you in these topics as well.
I am doing my research in the Department of Forensic Medicine.
Also if you would like to talk to someone, to spend quality time, or you had a bad day, you feel lost, or any other issues, don't be shy, feel free to contact me.
Hi, my name is Kristóf Filipánits, I’m a final year general medicine student.
Every student has to face many challenges during their studies, decisions, that are not easy to make alone.
The most common difficulties are related to learning and the administrative things.
If you ever have problem with these, feel free to ask me for help.
I can support you with more personal problems too.
The first and most important thing is to recognize that you need help.
If you feel, that you need support, you need an other perspective, an independent opinion, do not hesitate to contact me.
My aims are to find a solution together and to give advice for future.
In addition to the obligatory part of your studies you can participate in many other activities organised by the university, e.g. research, demonstrator activity.
If you are interested in them, contact me any time.
Hi, my name is Kata Hencz, I'm a fourth year medical student.
I would like to be a pathologist or psychiatrist after graduation.
I like working with people, I'll help anyone with pleasure.
I have always lived in Pécs, so I can also help you discover the city.
I will be happy to help you in studying, if you don't know how to learn a subject, or choosing the right book to learn from.
If you have difficulties with the online learning, I can also give you some advices.
In case you have any problems in your personal life I shall help you as far as I can.
Feel free to contact me.
Hi, I am Péter Zsombor Hegedűs.
After many of my good and bad experiences during my University years, I thought that I could be of help to those who are in a similar, difficult situation as I was before, or just want to avoid those.
I am currently in my third year as a student, so it would be most suitable to help with second year subjects.
I think it is very important to maintain our mental health during our University years, so as a Peer, I’ll try to help with such queries as well.
Also, I can help you find out who you should turn to for help at the university, in cases of health psychology counseling, support groups or mental health courses on campus.
Of course, you can look for me with other questions like finding your place in Pécs, such as hiking possibilities and sports clubs (handball, tennis etc.), because these are important parts of my life as well.
Hi, I’m neither the first nor the last person to repeat a year at this University.
I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with lots of the positive and negative consequences of the situation.
However I had no one that could help to guide me through it all, so I had to deal with it all by myself.
This is the main reason I applied to the Peer Programme.
I’ll gladly share the knowledge I gathered in the affected year with fellow students, who find themselves in a similar situation.
As someone born and raised in Pécs I have widespread knowledge regarding local healthcare and administration services.
Topics I can help you with include but are not limited to: Various questions and problems regarding studies If you have questions about passive semesters, the credit system or exam courses If you feel lost or stuck and would like to have a chat with someone who has been in a similar situation before If you have questions about local emergency or other various medical services in the city.
Feel free to get in touch!
Hi, my name is Kriszti, and I’m a 5th year medical student at the Hungarian program.
When I started medschool, I was lucky enough to have older friends, who could help me out when I had practical questions.
Now I feel, it’s my turn, to help others.
During these years I develeoped some tricks, which helped me a lot to perform successfully on exams.
I would be happy to share these with you, to help overcoming the obstacles more easily.
In my opinion, the most important thing during our studies is to find that something, what keeps us motivated and helps us out in hard times.
For me, this something is TDK work.
If you are also planning on starting research, but you don’t know when and how, find me, and we can figure it out together.
Besides, I’m here for you, if you don’t know, where to find a seminary room, which courses should you take, or you have problems with Neptun.
But you can come to me anytime, if you just want to drink a cup of coffe and chat a little.
Hi, my name is Katinka Veres.
I am a second-year medstudent.
Already in my first year at the university, I decided that I would like to contribute to making students’ learning and daily life smoother.
I have been a member of the External Affairs Committee of the Student Council since last year.
This year I had the honour to be elected the head of that committee.
From this year, I also work in the HUMSIRC Association, as a member of the committee for students arriving to Hungary.
Thus, I can participate in student life even more widely.
Also from this year, I take part in the work of a Student Research Society at the Institute of Behavioural Sciences.
Using the above as a basis, I will try to provide adequate answers to all your questions related to your studies and academic work or recreational, socialising or sporting opportunities.
Do not hesitate to contact me!
Hi, my name is Marcell Lendvay and I am a fifth year med student.
I think I have an overall view of the medical programme.
I have gained experience in many different areas and feel it is time for me to pass this on to you.
My main focus at the moment in addition to the fifth year subjects is TDK/drafting of my thesis.
I am currently a coordinator at POE and a member of the PTE Hotline Team too.
I am happy to help you with queries relating to challenges in studies, sports, employment, career orientation, mental as well as settling in issues too.
Feel free to contact me!
Hi, I am Balázs Fazekas, a fifth-year medical student.
After primary school and secondary school in Pécs, I decided that I would like to continue to spend my university years in my hometown as well.
I consider applying to the University of Pécs Faculty of Medicine to be one of the best decisions of my life.
Already as a high school student, I participated in the programs organized for us at the time, such as the open days, “Középiskolások Hete” summer camp.
After being admitted to the Faculty, I also joined the High School Mentors team and have been active in it ever since, as well as being an instructor and demonstrator at the Semester Graduation Preparations and TM Camps.
I also wanted to gain experience in the scientific field, so I am currently a member of the Student Research Society and the Demonstrator Student Circle.
I have been working in the Medical Students' Association of Pécs since 2017, mainly as a "doctor" of Teddy Bear Hospital.
Through my persistent work at the Association, I had the opportunity to do my summer practice in internal medicine in Spain, which was an experience of a lifetime for me.
As a member of the EHÖK Application and Equal Opportunities Committee, I participate in the evaluation of scholarships announced for many students.
I think I have gained a lot of experience in university life in recent years, so I could provide useful advice on whether it’s integration, study issues, entertainment, research, scholarships, or essentially any issue.
Hi, my name is Justus and I am a 4th year medical student in the German programme.
I know that studying here is not always easy, especially as a foreigner: friends and family are far away and the language barrier makes it difficult to meet new people outside the "bubble".
In addition, you have to master your studies somehow and take care of a lot of organisational stuff, especially at the beginning - that can quickly overwhelm you.
Write to me if you have any organisational questions, want tips for everyday student life or just need someone to talk to.
Hi, my name is Anna, I´m a 4th year medical student from Germany and besides my studies I enjoy sports the most.
I´m a former competitive swimmer and x-country skier, but I simply enjoy all types of sport activities, espacially challanges.
In addition, I like hanging out with friends and doing something together.
Meeting new people, exploring the town (always up for some delicious food) or just chilling with a good book/movie or series.
You can ask me everything about sports (I can also teach you swimming or help you improving your skills), university related problems, where to find something here in Pécs and of course free-time activities.
Don´t hesitate to reach out, I look forward to helping you the best I can!
Hi, my name is Jasper.
I am a second-year PhD. student from Germany and live in Pécs since 2012.
I spent most of my free time with my dog in nature.
I love to spend time on markets and vineyards or explore the surrounding areas.
I am very grateful that I had the chance to experience Pécs very holistically and wish to share this with you.
Do you want to see what’s behind the city walls? Where to get the best food on the market? How to start in research? Or anything else? If you think I might be able to help you with improving your life here, feel free to contact me.
Hi, my name is Louisa, i’m a fourth year German-American medical student studying General medicine in the German program.
I am really looking forward to being a part of the Peer Program! I have quite some experience with rules and regulations or the university and RO.
In my free time I love exploring Pécs and the surrounding areas and know of some great places! If this is anything you need help with feel free to contact me!
Hello, my name is Benny.
I´m 4th year medical student and I would like to help you with everyday matters in Pécs as your local guide, but I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the university or Neptun, too.
Even outside of university, I can help you make your time in Pécs as pleasant as possible.
I always have a listening ear for you.
I am also part of the KV Sachsen program.
Hi, I am Milad Ahmadpour a fifth-year medical student at University of Pécs Medical School in 2020.
I have a Kurdish-Persian background.
I get a lot of satisfaction from helping others and I believe that collaborating and sharing life experiences help to shape us into the people we are.
I’ve always valued support and wisdom that came from those who have gone before me.
And walking into new territory, such as university can be stressful, so it is a great pleasure to help the others to overcome the problems.
I am a member of the Humsirc, and the International Mentor Program.
University of Pécs Medical School is much like a family, and I would like my peers to feel comfortable in keeping contact with me as they navigate through success.
Something I’ve learned: Circumstances do not define you. How you deal with them does.
Always keep following your dreams, even if there are obstacles, because there will always be obstacles in life no matter what.
In my Spare Time: I enjoy watching, playing soccer, spending time with my family, and giving back to the community.
Hi, I am Laith, a General Medicine student currently in my 5th year and I love the city of Pécs and hope you will come to love it too! My favorite thing about this city is the people and the international background which is unfortunately less noticeable with the current situation however I still think you will have a great time nonetheless.
After 5 years I can say I have experienced my fair share of the roadblocks and concerns, either through me or my friends, and I feel confident helping newcomers and freshmen out as I have been helping lower year students and new students throughout my studies.
I am also a member of the English-German Student Council so feel free to reach out to me with any issues/concerns you have about the university and I will make sure it will be looked into.
Hello everyone, My name is Tolu and I am 5th year General Medicine student from Canada.
I remember moving here in my 1st year and being completely unprepared for all the challenges that awaited me.
After 5 years in a new city and unfamiliar country, I have encountered numerous uncertainties and learned many lessons along the way.
I'm hoping to help make this journey a little easier for you! Whether its dealing with immigration and administrative issues or learning how to study, I'm here to help.
Life in med school can be tough, and finding a balance is key.
Things are so much easier if you're not afraid to ask for help.
In addition to being a Peer, I am also on the board of PTE Emergency Society, the English program consultant for TDK, and the organizer of a student mentorship program called Bridge The Gap.
So if you're looking for ways to get involved in all the student communities and societies, I'm your girl! If you're feeling a little homesick, and you're in need of a friendly face, please don't be shy.
And if I don't have the answer, we will figure it out together.
Hello there, I am Shaker Haddad but feel free to call me Shak.
I am a sixth year medical student.
I have been living in Pécs for six years now, so be assured I know this city by heart.
I could help you in finding curricular and extra-curricular activities as in city library registration, getting a student card and finding the hotspots in Pécs nightlife, hiking trails and lifestyle and mental health advices etc., so feel free to contact me!
Hello, my name is Varna Gomes da Silveira.
I am from Brazil and I am a fifth year medical student.
Coming to a new country is always a thrilling moment, specially to study for a challenging course such as Medicine.
That is why I think it is so important to have the help of fellow students to ease the student life in both the university and in the city aspects.
I can help you to deal with some university issues and show you how it functions.
Also, Pécs is a lovely city and I would love to share with you all this city has to offer.
If you need help on university, social life or life in Pécs, do not hesitate to contact me.
Hi everyone! My name is Ibitamuno Caleb, I recently finished from our University (POTE) and I am currently a PhD researcher.
As a member of the PEER program, I am here to render assistance with any academic or health related issue.
Don’t be shy, reach out, no matter how tiny or big you think your request may be, we are committed to helping.
Together, we can hopefully find the most practical solutions!
Hi, I am Osama Adel Aljazzar, second year Palestinian dentistry student at POTE.
As a Peer I consider my job to make your Student Life more exciting and wonderful.
As a future close friend I'll hold your hands to lead you to have a successful life! Here is something you should know about Osama! I speak English, Hungarian and Arabic.
I don't like missing important events here in Pécs, I like helping and sharing my experience with you, so if you need any help in anything, please let me know.
Let's believe in ourselves, because we are talented, which we should discover.
I'll be waiting for you! “We’re here for a reason.
I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.
” — Whoopi Goldberg
Hi there, I'm Amir and I study medicine here at POTE.
A little bit about me: I moved around between countries a lot, I was born in Tehran, Iran, I grew up in New Zealand, between the ages of 17 to 19 I spent about 2 years in Paris, France, first learning the language and then working.
Later I decided to study medicine, I got into Comenius university in Slovakia, after 2 years, I decided to transfer here, to Pécs! Like most people I have met, i went through variety of struggles coming to a new country/new university.
These struggles mainly revolved around social interactions and administrative paper works.
I am here to make sure that you won't go through the same struggles!
Hello dear fellow students.
My name is Azin Rafie Nejad, I am a dentistry student at university of pécs and I am honored to be your peer.
I am here to help you with any information you may need regarding everyday and university matters.
Getting to know the city, exploring the university, places to go and how to manage your university and official paperworks.
Feel free to contact me if there’s anything I can help you with!
Hello! My name is Günes Arkan Caglayan.
I am a second year medical student at the University of Pecs.
I am Turkish and I currently live in Germany.
I am a Peer because I know how stressful it is being new in a totally different country and trying to navigate around the city and the university bureaucracy.
When I first came, I didn’t have many people around me whom I could ask questions about the functioning of the university and it was stressful having to wait in line at the Registrars Office for every single little question I had.
Right now, I am more accustomed to the university bureaucracy and I can also help the students with the deadlines of applications, how to make them and how to find the departments.
I can also help them with how to deal with being in a foreign country by themselves and give them tips on how to practically solve daily life problems that might pop-up.
Hello Everyone! My name is Paidamoyo Rusere, I am from Zimbabwe and I am currently studying medicine.
I am about 17-20 hour flight from home.
Home sickness can be overwhelming, but it can be overcome and I would love to share my tips.
I have been in Pecs for 3 years and I believe that the insight I have gained through experience and from word of mouth will be greatly beneficial to freshmen as well as higher year students.
I have had to use neptun countless times and be in constant communication with the registrars office and from experience this was quite stressful but I believe I have mastered it.
Pecs is a small city but it is possible to make the most of it while you are here.
I am a foodie, so I am constantly on the look out for authentic tasting food.
I hope to be able to assist and make your study period much more smooth sailing and not only bearable but one of the best experiences of your life.
Hi, I am a 6th year medical student.
I am here to help you and guide you through your journey in the medical school.
I am interested in teaching medicine, and working to become an Internist.
I can mainly help with study related challenges, life management, mental health as well as career orientation.
Don't hesitate to reach out.
Hello, My name is Laith Alfalahat, a 6th-year medical student from Jordan.
As one of the members of the amazing Peer team, I hope I can provide you with the help, assistance or even the support that you might need.
Whether it was educational such as helping you to find the right way to deal with a certain subject, social or cultural to feel more integrated in Pecs, and in many other aspects, issues or teeny-tiny problems that you might face.
Since this it is my 7th year in Pecs, I consider myself somewhat local, which is why I hope I can provide help when it comes to social and cultural issues.
A big contributor to why students feel lonely while living here is that they have problems integrating with the surrounding society which is not the easiest to do due to many reasons of which one of the biggest is the language barrier.
Another field that I hope I can help with is the education side.
Our university is not easy and at the same time is not hard only if you know to deal with the exams and each subject.
A common mistake that usually leads to failure -education wise- that students exhaust themselves and choose a hard way of dealing with a certain subject while at the same time there is an easier way but unknown to them.
Most of the issues that students face are due to lack of healthy/fun university atmosphere which results in the student being lost, which in turn affects different aspects of his/her life even the simple organizational ones (as the issues listed below) and I am sure the Peer program would help in that.
Hi there, well I have had my fair share of unusual experiences at this school which served me well in orienting newcomers into a straight path with a lot less obstacles so when it comes to technical problems I have quite the advantage there (e.g.registrar's office, admissions, neptun, orientation, matriculation etc.), I am also very athletic as I represent a sports club here in the city so I have quite the sports expertise which lead to a relatively successful social life allowing me to have a lot of ideas about leisure activities whilst maintaining top notch time keeping/arrangement skills and also due to my vast experience in injuries I am also aware of most of the health-related facilities in town.
Hi, the reason I joined the peer program is to assist the students in becoming the best of themselves in every aspect of life through their years in Pecs and POTE.
I'll be there in every challenge they face and guide them during this chapter of their lives.
“We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.” G.K. Chesterton
My ”official“ name is Zahra Momenzadeh, but my nickname is Tania which my family and close friends use.
I am a third year medical student.
I am really interested in helping out my fellow students to “figure out” how to find a more or less balanced life style while managing their studies, because that’s what I’ve been personally struggling with , and don’t get me wrong I still am.
But I can say I’m proud of the ways I’ve figured out on the way of managing my struggles better.
I would really enjoy to help others like me as well, to not panic because they might think being a medical student means they aren’t allowed to have a normal life and their hobbies.
I personally really like motivating people to reach their goals and support them on the way, so that they won’t feel alone because that’s basically in my eyes the main starting point of any anxiety and stress.
I would like to help my fellow students to know that they are not left alone.
Hello, I am Timia Bondekwe, 3rd year medical student.
I have been in Hungary for 4 years now so i know how to manage life away from home.
I remember how stressed I was in my 1st year; all the questions I was asking myself and how I was going to figure it out and still be alive after medical school.
For any needs, never hesitate to ask for help.
There are no stupid questions!! I am very open-minded, we can discuss about anything or just sit in silence if you only need support! I can show you how to balance between being chilled and serious, and the tips that will make your life easier concerning school or personal life.
I may not always have all the answers, but i will always try to help.
I hope my background will be helpful for anyone asking for it.
Hello, I am Khaldoun Khreis a 6th-year medical student at the University of Pecs from Jordan, I am interested in the peer program because it is such a great opportunity to help others and try to pass on some experience that I gained throughout the years I spent here as an international medical student.
As such, I have experienced some of the difficulties that can come up throughout your studies such as administrative issues, scholarships.
Study-related problems, stressful situations, and the list goes on.
I would be glad to offer my help and expertise to you.
Hello Everyone! I’m Alsou’b Dima, a fourth year pharmacy student at the University of Pécs.
As a peer, I would like to provide my help and support to the new and old students who are struggling to reach the needed help either in their studies or in any other aspects concerning their mental and physical health as well as guiding them based on my life experience here in Hungary.
I’m Mohammad Hamidi, 3rd year Pharmacy Student.
I’m here to help out my new friends in town with almost anything they want.
I’m ready to introduce our city that we live in with all the fun.
I’m able to assist in Neptun system related issues that everyone can encounter.
I can provide information regarding the studies (subjects).
If you can't find your favorite sports in town, I can definitely help you with that.
Anything else which might be needed like interesting hike routs, great restaurants and events.
I’ll try my best to provide with the most up-to-date information.
Hi, I am Adeniye Latifat, a 5th-year pharmacy student at the University of Pecs.
I am passionate about the welfare and other issues surrounding students.
Being an international student, I am quite familiar with some of the challenges the average international student encounters, such as accommodation problems, health issues (mental and physical health), official matters, etc.
To this end, I am interested in the following categories: Study-related issues.
Mental health concerns; addictions and so on.
Also, I am eager to maintain an interaction with my fellow Peers as well as participate fully in every training organized.
Hi! I am Nguyen Thanh Vinh, a second-year Pharmacy major.
I come from Vietnam.
There were many questions that I got stuck with myself at the beginning here, in Pécs.
Most of these were usually problems related to learning and administration.
Becoming a Peer, I have more chances to help you as much as I could not only in your studies but also in enjoying life as such.
I am not a kind of polymath person, but I think I can handle somehow to figure out the problems that help you to solve it.
Besides, if you have other problems like dormitory accommodation application, you can ask me for sure.
Together we can achieve big goals.
Feel free to contact me anytime if you have some challenges, I will try to lend a helping hand as soon as possible.
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