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Galyna, Ukraine/Northern Ireland

My name is Galyna. Everybody in Northern Ireland knows me as Gail. I am 20 years old, and I come from Ukraine. In my home country I was a student. I studied Accountancy. I left [my] home country in the end of 2007, and came to Northern Ireland.

What do I do in Northern Ireland? I study in the University of Ulster in Coleraine, doing Medical Sciences. At the moment I am doing my work placement in Altnagelvin Hospital.

I’ve brought an object with me. It’s a bowl with painted ornaments. These two wooden eggs have similar paintings on them. It was a present from my mother, who is Russian. She gave it to me when I was leaving my country. So this object is very important for me because it’s my mother’s present.