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I grew up in a family of lawyers or doctors. For this reason, during my childhood, there was not a single reference in the family that served me as inspiration for engineering, leaving me only with the imagination, books, and documentaries.
As a child, I learned about the history of Henry Ford. He charmed me with his visionary and simple way to change the world around him. In his own words, "Whether you think you can or you think you can not, are right". This phrase gave me an inspiring understanding of the world and still serves as the best motivating speech that I have read or heard.
Investing in Brazilian education and training of increasingly qualified young professionals, is a strategic issue. I believe in education as the only path for the development of a just nation.
Internationalization is a key part of the educational, professional, research, and business world today. With the continued growth of globalization, having international experience on my academic and professional CV, will definitely help me to stand out in a highly competitive job market.
I hope to graduate with the maximum knowledge and academic background as possible. A more extensive CV that complements my regular graduation, whilst enjoying a unique opportunity to study at an institution of excellence, would enhance my opportunities.
The areas of study in Brazil are quite varied, but limited. A university in another country may give me the opportunity to study and specialize in areas of study that are not offered in Brazilians universities.
Studying in another country will give me the chance to learn about the culture, history, and contemporary issues of that part of the world, which are seldom discussed in Brazil, enjoying the opportunity of being part of another reality. With a growing knowledge of the problems and challenges faced elsewhere in the world, I hope to open and expand my mind.
Multiculturalism and diversity of citizenship provide a wealth of learning beyond the academic content. I hope to live with people of different backgrounds, cultures, faith, and languages so I believe that it will be an incredible opportunity to expand my knowledge of the world.
The overall awareness and understanding of local issues can be obtained by living in a new reality. I hope to return to Brazil with new opinions, ideas, and vision of the world. This can mean many things: new ideas for solutions to problems faced in Brazil, projects, and the ability to accept differences, amongst others.
Living abroad can be an enriching experience, but also challenging: I will live away from family and friends, speak another language, create a new routine, learn about the educational system of another country, and build a community to live.
I place my hopes on this program. This emblematic opportunity of exchange, means much more than a chance to live in another country or enroll in a foreign institution of Higher Education. It means keeping my hopes for a better future and the realization of a personal dream. “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up”.