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The Departure: the Piece of Paper

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  • on November 17, 2013
  • Category: English
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The Departure: The Piece Of Paper

There I was, in my room, in Cape Verde, Africa with this fresh piece of paper, not any kind of paper, a really important one, the high school diploma also known as “Baccalaureate” in the french system. This paper had more meaning and more value than all the paper that I saw in all my life, that I used to draw in kidder-garden till my final year of high school. How can a piece of paper have more value and meaning than another piece of paper? I don't know but this one was special. It was special because that paper represented an achievement, high school diploma, also a new start, the beginning of my new life, my independence, my freedom, my right to superior education, and much more. However the most useful and most important to my eyes part of this paper was that I could finally go and study abroad but of course leaving my family behind. “Where should I go? What experience do I want to have and will have?”, that was my question. My departure was imminent, I wasn't ready but I had to prepare myself as fast as possible because this piece of paper was going to change my life radically.
My father, Roberto, had a nice talk with me that day and finally told me: “ You can go study wherever you want, I will respect your choice and I will support you financially as long as possible”. I was so confused, and I didn't know what to pick, where to study because I had so many choices. After a day or two, I had kind of an idea of where I can go and have a nice education for my future and I had decided that my five first choices would be the U.S.A, France, Italy, Brazil, England. These choice came in a rational way of course, since I spoke portuguese, french, italian, cape verdian creole, and english this country would not be hard to adapt for me. After a few more days and a lot of research I decided to go and study in the United States of America and my father and family said that it was a good idea because they have a lot of good universities...

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