• Gabriel Mendonça

Let’s talk Uni!

Even though I know that I am particularly young, university is an idea that was introduced to me at a very young age. One of my earliest memories, is my dad coming back from his trip to Boston and bringing me a shirt from Harvard as a souvenir. I absolutely loved it! Not to mention that when I was seven, I got to see my sister leave Brazil to study in the US, therefore, in my mind, that was going to be me someday.

After I moved away, there was no doubt that I was going to study abroad, however, as I grew a little older the word’s meaning began to change. Along with it came a massive responsibility and the weight of how important those years actually are. Let’s be honest, university can be a really scary thing! After all, it means that your life is basically starting.

Don’t get me wrong, my aim with this is not to further scare anyone who is reading this, but rather let all of you know that feeling scared about a complex decision like this is completely normal and you are definitely not alone. Personally, knowing that there are people who also fear and have doubts about such comforts me!

One of the reasons why I enjoy writing so much is because it allows me to see how much I have grown thus I propose to you an idea that I will also be doing. This will not only allow you to visualize your doubts and fears which will make them seem much smaller but it will also allow you to plan which is essential!

Write down your doubts and fears regarding the topic of ‘university’, even if you don’t particularly like writing. I recommend a bit of a ‘free write’ exercise in order to get the most out of this. Place the pencil/pen on the paper and write! Now, you will have a page to look back on, in order to see how much you have grown.

Here is my take on it:

Currently, I am still very unsure about the area that I want: either biology/science or literature/drama. Studying in the US seems to be the best option as I can do a double major and take courses in both areas, however, I do know that I still want the school to be an IV League. Even though the success rate is not very high, I believe that if I try hard I can do it!

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