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Interview

 

Clara Palagiano

science food and technology
PHD student at PhD School in Animal and Food Science
Faculty of Agrarian Sciences - Padova - Italy.

interview - Aug/2011

   
     

Clara Palagiano is a food scientist graduated in Science Food and Technology at the Faculty of Agrarian Sciences - Padova - It. Her final report of the masters was about in vitro ruminal biohydrogenation, in France. Her PHD topic is "extrusion of dry dog diets and in vivo and in vitro evaluations" under the supervison of her co-advisor Dr. Aulus Carciofi, in Brazil. Her advisor in Italy is Dr. Rebecca Ricci. She has never been in Brazil before and spent 6 months in the country working is her project.

 

Clara stayed at the Laboratory for Research in Nutrition and Nutritional Diseases of Dogs and Cats "Prof. Dr. Flávio Prada" at FCAV / UNESP / Jaboticabal - SP - Brazil the whole first semester of 2011. She worked on her experiment at the lab. Nutrição.VET believes that many young students of pet nutrition think in go abroad to study and have more professional and life experience. So, we interviewed Clara by email after her return to Italy, as a way to help Brazilian students to go and young scientists from abroad, to come.

 

01: Why do the doctoral program in another country? What are the gains from this?

02: Why did you choose Brazil? It was the country, was the laboratory...?

03: What were the expectations and fears before you come?

04: How did you prepare yourself before coming?

05: How were the first weeks? What was that like and what was different from you expected?

06: In the Brazilian's culture, in human relation, what would you highlight?

07: In the Brazilian's culture, in work relation, what would you highlight?

08: What advice would you give to someone thinking in go abroad to posgraduate studies?

09: Now that you are back to your country, how do you assess the experience?

10: Would you come back to Brazil?

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nutrição.Vet: 01-Why do the doctoral program in another country? What are the gains from this?

 

 

 

F.S. Clara: One of the things that the professors in my department told to the candidates before taking part to the competitive entrance examination for the PhD was that it was strongly advised a period abroad.

 

This was for me an important motivation to start the doctorate: I already had the opportunity to spend 6 months abroad during my graduation, and I really enjoyed knowing another country, another language, another culture.

 

In my opinion spend a period abroad enrich people, it helps to become more independent and increase the self-conciousness, the self-criticism

and consequently improve the self-esteem. Furthermore you can know other approaches to life.

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"... spend a period abroad enrich people, it helps to become more independent and increase the self-conciousness, the self-criticism...”

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nutrição.Vet: 02 - Why did you choose Brazil? It was the country, was the laboratory... ?

 

 

F.S.Clara: I already had the possibility to get in touch with the Brazilian culture before, and I always had the curiosity to know much about that country.

 

I met Prof. Carciofi, my actual co-advisor in Brasil, in a congress and I was really interested in his research topics, the possibility to come to Brazil was for me a sort of realization of a dream.

 

 

 

nutrição.Vet 03 - What were the expectations and fears before you come?

 

F.S.Clara: My expectative was to realize an important part of my PhD, and also get in touch with another culture.

 

The fear was about the language, when I first came to Brazil I didn’t know any word of Portuguese. A stereotype about Brazil in Europe is that it is a “3rd

world country”, where poverty and violence rule, my family was seriously worried for me

 

 

 

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nutrição.Vet 04 - How did you prepare yourself before coming?

 

F.S.Clara: Before coming to Brazil I did not have the time to prepare myself for this experience, I would have had the time to learn a bit of Portuguese.

 

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nutrição.Vet: 05- How were the first weeks? What was that like and what was different from you expected?

 

 

F.S. Clara: The first problem was to get used to the temperature: I arrived in Brasil the first days of February, and the hot was unsupportable to me, in Italy the temperature was under zero!

 

I had some problems to communicate with the people, but after some days I could understand the general meaning of the speech. The food is completely different, but I like it, most of all the varieties of fruits and the taste of the meat.

 

 

 

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nutrição.Vet 06 - In the Brazilian's culture, in human relations, what would you highlight?

 

F.S.Clara: People in Brasil is much more

welcomy and altruist, so just after some days I felt like at home. I liked the positive way of thinking, the motto is “everything will go well”.

 

 

 

nutrição.Vet 07 - In the Brazilian's culture, in work relations, what would you highlight?

 

F.S.Clara: Resources are scarce and everything is far, people are more used to tolerate delays and face with problems. 

 

 

 

nutrição.Vet 08 - What advice would you give to someone thinking in go abroad to posgraduate studies?

 

F.S. Clara: Open your mind and experience as much as you can, living abroad is a challenge and a great opportunity to grow intellectually.


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nutrição.Vet: 09 - Now that you are back to your country, how do you assess the experience? What were the main positive and negative points? Was it worth?

 

F.S.Clara: The negative point of being abroadfor such a long period was the distance from home, for example one of my family had some healthy problems, my boyfriend defended the PhD, my dog died…and I could not be there, that made me particularly sad and unquiet.

 

Fortunately I met wonderful people, real friends that helped and supported me. But now that I’m at home I’m reallyhappy for the experience, I could follow a research project and I have now goodmaterial to work on to complete my PhD thesis, so my expectative have beenfully satisfied.

 

About Brazil I changed completely mymind, as I said before my family and me were worried about delinquency and violence, but the picture that I got of Brazil was completely different, this country is a locomotive that has just started to run: cities in expansion, companies that look for more workers, a booming economy… at least, this is the reality of

San Paolo, the richest state of Brazil

 

 

 

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nutrição.Vet 10 - Would you come back to Brazil?

 

F.S.Clara: Of course I would like to come back to Brazil, the job opportunities for my area are endless, and the financial remuneration is the double of what I can earn in Italy now. I enjoyed very much to work in the laboratory of nutrition at the UNESP, and I think that if I had the opportunity I would come back for a period.

 

I think I should have a bit more courage for leaving my family and my life in Italy.

May be in the future…

 

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