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Personal Experience: Culture and Language

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I never in my life did expect one day to be at my computer to write a scholarship essay and to write it in English! Fifteen year ago I was a typical Italian architecture student who truly didn’t know what she wanted to be when she grows up. That time of my life was spent to make my parents proud, and to have people talk about how great I was in my academic achievements. The truth is I wasn’t really happy about my college choice. Architecture was my dad’s dream. He had a stroke when I was six years old; he eventually recovered from it but he lost his engineering firm and he had to reinvent himself numerous times. Because of that I decided to make his dream a reality even if I was always more interested in teaching and helping people than drawing and design During my high school and college years I spent my summer vacations helping special-education students with their homework. Still to this present day I am teaching and helping others. I have always loved teaching since I was a little girl.
During my last year of college, I met the love of my life, who was profoundly intrigued by the American way of life. In less than a year we got engaged, married and moved to the United States. I was homesick before the plane left. To me the “intriguing” American way of life was just an unfamiliar, confusing, and upsetting mess. I was unable to speak the language and without friends, family and the comfort of home I felt lonely. I cried in the bathroom daily. Then, remembering how my dad successfully rebuilt his life after his stroke, I started to go out more embracing the local culture with a positive attitude. Since then I have worked very hard and I am proud of who I am and of what I have achieved. I had the privilege to work with children ...

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...t only learn a new language, explore new concepts, and a new culture but you are also pushed outside of your comfort zone. I believe Students studying abroad can act as informal ambassadors for their own countries, break down cultural stereotypes, and create lasting positive relationships around the world.
The first words I would like to share with the culture of Mexico and its people are “Per aspera ad Astra” ……these words helped me in Miami are a motto I use when I feel I cannot deal with the stress in my life anymore. I know life in a foreign country (but also life in general) can be challenging, but I also know life has to be taken one step at the time and every step by nature has to be more challenging than the one taken before. Through hardship we can reach the stars and with hard work, passion and commitment we can have a better world, a global world.
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