August 16, 2018

Changing My Mindset

 

Starting a degree was the start of changing my life. It brought me so many new and good experiences as well as hard and challenging ones, which at the end of the day is what makes me who I am today.

 

Background

But let’s start from a little before that…I am a dancer, and before deciding start my course I was training in dance for three years. When finishing the course I realised that maybe getting a degree in something more stable could potentially be used as a backup for my future, as dance is quite limited in some aspects. So, at the age of 18, I thought “I am young and right now my brain and body are working better than they ever will in the future, so I have to make the most of it NOW.” That was when the new chapter of my life started.

 

Economics

This is the course I decided to get a degree in. And you know what? From three years of practical work every day to sitting down to talk about the economy… It has been exciting! I am loving every second of it! The first challenge was actually to do with the subject. I had no clue about it, but even with no prior knowledge, I gave it a go. I would say it is like walking into a room without knowing what is in there for you, it could be a desert with no water or food, or it could be a paradise. In a way, you get a choice to turn it into what you want, but it also has to do with where I’m studying. I am so happy with the choice I made, as most students are adults and classes are quite small, this gives me the opportunity to get more one-to-one attention from the lecturers.

As time went by I started accepting the challenges and I would try to overcome them by doing extra research at home about the subject and getting ahead with lessons, so I would understand more in class. Coming to the realisation that sometimes we even make challenges for ourselves that we don’t need, mostly when you think you have time to do everything and keep leaving it to the end. Trust me, you don’t want to do that!

 

Goals and Dreams

Surrounded by people full of goals and dreams makes me want to achieve mine, even more, it keeps me motivated. Also working in a coffee shop in a business area makes me want to work harder, to one day be like one of the people I make a coffee for every morning. Those friendly people that have worked hard to be where they are today are my inspiration. I have successfully finished my first year in economics and I’m looking forward to another two to come. I am definitely determined to get really good grades to get a job that I enjoy.

 

 

The Future

At the moment I have so many ideas and so many things I want to do with my future, that I don’t even know where I am going to start. I know for sure that I want to be an entrepreneur, have my own company and get to work with talented people by my side. In order to achieve this right now I am following someone’s advice, “take one step at the time, don’t build the top of the house if you don’t have the bottom,” which I completely agree with as I am thinking about so many things that I don’t even know how to get there. So, with regards to my future I am thinking about it, but not about what is in 5 or 10 years, but what’s next?

 

Jerica Rodriguez Abreu

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