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What is success for you? – What about failure?

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This quote depicts what I really feel about the “true success”. It is not just a goal, but a journey. Mine has not been easy and despite the fact I have failed so many times so far I sill believe in my dreams.

It is a new opportunity to start over. I will take some vacations and will travel abroad to acquire new ideas and inspiration to boost my skills in order to get my main goal: Studying abroad.

Few failures are few successes since they allow you to stop a bit and reflect about the decisions you have made so far. These few failures also give you some detours that may be a better path to get your goals.

In conclusion, any time you feel stuck, take some deep breath and remind yourself what your main goals are. Get a notebook and write a detour plan if you have to and the most important, as quoted, never lose your enthusiasm!

Andrea C.

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Feeling like a bird in a cage…. Again

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Have you ever felt like a bird in a cage?

Time to time, I like to wonder about what I have been doing in my life so far. Nothing can be perfect, I am aware of that, but maybe in my ideal world (From the bottom of my imagination and brain) I like to think that things can be done so much better.

In this last year, I have been pursuing my postgraduate studies abroad (Specifically, in Germany) in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Protection. I decided this after quitting my job in pesticide industry and starting over in another city.  (Sounds exciting, isn’t it??) Well, I committed to myself to get this short-term life project; but how was I supposed to pull it through?

A good friend of mine shared with me once this interesting video about all those “unknown aspects about getting a scholarship to study abroad” (Just in case, I share it with you, but sorry it’s in Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlEekPxaEWY). It was an hour or so well spent. I could remove from myself all those clichés about getting scholarships, such as, being a “brainy” and perfect grades. From that moment, I decided to each task or project I was going to achieve was in order to get my main goal: “Studying my Master in Germany in 2015”.

Some decisions don’t have any turning back and I have to admit some of my own are exactly like that. Resign to chemical plants for a chemical engineer is like, in one way or another, a curse. And since I have not had any experience in environmental projects, getting a job related in Colombia was virtually impossible (Sorry, but things work like this in so-called paradise). In this order of ideas, I started looking for volunteering opportunities in order to get some related experience and I have to admit has been a hard but at the same time, wonderful.

Making the story shorter, currently after almost a year in the capital monster (Bogotá :D) I work in two NGOs and still some volunteering job. And yes, I applied to several scholarships abroad after getting my admission to the Hohenheim University in Stuttgart, Germany (And also for other 4 Universities abroad). Even though, I did not get any of those, I did not quit my dream and decided to apply to a Colombian loan-scholarship scheme) and guess what?? I became a beneficiary to be financed by this Colombian Institution (So, so great, Don’t you think?) I was finally thrilled about it when I got the news on that Saturday night. Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware about all the rules of that scheme: You need two guarantors with properties in Colombia (They cannot be family properties since this Institution cannot take possession in case you do not pay the loan back), besides a good salary and other conditions (Pretty similar to a bank, If I may mention).

In any case, it is very common that one of the guarantors is one of your parents (Cannot be both of them). But in the real world, many of us, we do not have any parental support and family members are reduced to good comments in social and that’s it. Well, that’s pretty much my current situation. I had to look for one guarantor that could support my loan (Thankfully, I have a sister with the required characteristics); when the time started running up I looked for others back-up solutions like another Colombian Institution that loans money for studies (As minimum 60% in fees and 40% for living expenses for studies abroad). When I found about this loan characteristics I wanted, for the first time in months, to cry. I just thought how a person like me that wants to study in a country with lower fees that actual fees in Colombia could take this loan (My fees in Hohenheim are around 155 Euros/ semester).

Today is a new day and people have told me you cannot always get what you want at the time you want. But I wonder myself what if I have enough money (like most people apply to those Colombian schemes to study abroad do) I could get at the exact time I want. This case is not about not enough effort or commitment or lack of passion, this case is about how unfair life can be in a country like this, but meanwhile these organizations brag about their support “the best Colombian professionals” in their studies abroad.

I am not a person who loves to complain about life actually. I prefer to take action over my problems and difficult situations life hit on me; Although I do not have a that clear solution of what I am going to do in this exact moment, I want to make an stop and reflect on the journey I have walked so far.

I still feel like a bird in a cage with no apparent exit in such place where ideas and passion are not enough to meet your goals, just money. I do not want to cause pity with this text (That is not the ultimate purpose with it actually), but using this to speak out all the things I felt in these last months and convince myself after writing this that I am able to meet my goals and life despite the lack of support of your country and people you considered “friends” because I have learnt in this process of the actual people I can truly rely on and all the abilities I have on my own to keep walking in this journey.

I know for sure no matter that I do not have financial and parental support nor have born in a wealthy family makes me less valuable or capable of getting my dreams and goals. Even though, today I have less money that I used to have when I worked as “a regular chemical engineer”, I finally get to know what I want in my life: Be a real change maker by doing social entrepreneurship and find my real place in this world together with others Changemakers!

Despite I still feel like a bird in a cage, I am making my own keys to freedom. What about you?

Mis resultados de haber participado en el concurso relato breve FILBo 2015

Me di la oportunidad de participar. No he estudiado literatura ni alguna cosa similar (Estudié ingeniería); a pesar de eso estoy en un momento de mi vida en el cual me estoy replanteando muchas cosas y definiendo otras.

Quedar entre el grupo de textos con menciones de honor es algo grato que representa una buena experiencia y gran motivación para seguir querer publicando mis textos.

http://camlibro.com.co/ganadores-del-concurso-relato-breve-filbo-2015/

 

The beauty of human decomposition in Japanese watercolor

The beauty of human decomposition in Japanese watercolor.

LOS 100 MEJORES CUENTOS DE LA LITERATURA UNIVERSAL

Exploring the Netherlands: Naturalis, Leiden

I hope to go ther soon 🙂

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My BF is over for a week again and as it is Easter we thought it would be nice to explore this nice country a bit more. So on Thursday afternoon we traveled down to Den Haag (The Hauge) and met up with some friends there (I didn’t take any pictures there as it was mostly for pleasure). On Friday we then went from Den Haag to Leiden, which is about 15 min by train. There we visited the Naturalis. The Naturalis is a is a national museum of natural history and a research center on biodiversity. I have a friend working in the science communication at the Naturalis and she showed us around the exhibition and made sure we saw all the key elements.

The Naturalis has a huge collection of animal, plant and geological specimens (37 Million in 2012 according to Wikipedia), only a small part of…

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20 Mind-Bending Movies Guaranteed to Make You Feel Stupid

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In 1991, following the critical and commercial triumph of his brilliant The Thin Blue Line, director Errol Morris attempted something even harder than getting an innocent man off Death Row: making Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time into an accessible, audience-friendly, major motion picture. The resulting film is, at long last, available today on DVD and Blu-ray via the fine folks at Criterion. It’s awfully good — though its in-depth discussions of quantum mechanics and black holes and the Big Bang are bound to make those of us who nodded off in science class feel a bit out of our element. Then again, some movies, with their convoluted storylines or surrealistic imagery or intellectual subject matter, have the (probably?) unintended side effect of merely spotlighting our intellectual shortcomings. Here are a few other movies that made us feel just a little stupider.

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