Krystyna Szopis

Born: 6th February 1931

Lwow, Poland

Date of interview: 16th May 2006

Map showing where Krystyna Szopis came from

So you went to Leicester College and what did you do there?

I went to study sciences and I was accepted for science and my notion was I'm going to teach secondary children because I for my A Levels I did all the sciences. Anyway I was accepted and a month into the first year at college the Principal called me and said 'Look, as my policy is that all the foreign students', and she did have some Polish girls before me 'have to take English literature and English language.' So I said 'What about my sciences?' I said 'Look I have been accepted for science. I don't like languages. I don't like literature. I'm going to fail' And she said 'No Polish girl had ever failed so you won't.' So I can't say I loved it, I didn't like it and they had given me Chaucer to study. I couldn't understand the girls, how could I understand Chaucer? [laughs] But I've managed. [laughs] By hook or by crook I have managed to finish it. It was quite a tough college.