Alzbeta came to the UK in 2014 from Slovakia to pursue her passion for music. She applied to University in the UK and was accepted into a BA in Music (Jazz) course, which she will complete in May 2017.

With no previous training in jazz music, Alzbeta came to the UK not knowing what to expect. Here she found a welcoming multicultural community and a thriving jazz music scene, where she regularly performs. She regards her decision to move to this country as the best decision she has made in her life.

After completing her Degree, Alzbeta would like to continue her studies in Music and is currently applying to Masters Programmes both here and in other European countries. However, she is open-minded about her future and is also considering taking a gap year to explore another one of her passions – studying to become a Yoga instructor in India.

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I think some British people are not aware of what’s happening in the East or in other parts of Europe. They don’t understand what these people [Eastern European immigrants] are going through, why they move to this country and why they choose to stay here.

For Slovakians it is mainly to do with our Government being corrupt. The middle class is diminishing, the lower class is getting bigger and you have 1% of the population owning pretty much everything.

My own family has been affected by the situation. My mother has two Masters Degrees, she is a lawyer and an engineer, and she can’t find a job in my country.
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I would love to feel accepted and be a part of British society. I don’t want to be looked upon as a foreign person who shouldn’t be here, or who is exploiting the system. There are people out there who are much worse for society, and they don’t come from Eastern Europe.