When someone ask you who you are you can answer so many things: you can say your name, you can say your job title tied right next to it, you can say you’re someone’s daughter and so many other things but none of them will actually show who you are. You simply are not just that. So …Who am I? I am so many things but this is what I’d like to share about myself:
I grew up in a village and that was for me the perfect environment to build myself up. In this village everybody knows everybody, you say hi when you meet people on the street, no matter if you talked before or not, you have to be polite and do good things cause in a way or another if you don’t, you will feel the social pressure. It is a safe environment where one feels protected.
My parents sent me to boarding school when I was 10 years old in the city near by because they wanted me to attend a good and prestigious school. I started from then to decide things for myself and to assume responsibility for my actions. My parents supported me though, when I needed and they could. I attended a class specialized in mathematics but when I had to decide about high school I chose to attend the Pedagogical one that at it’s end made me qualified to work as a pre-school, primary and English teacher for children. I learned a lot of theory mostly due to the charged curricula in our country and I did 2 years of practice. Still at practice all we did was teach our lesson and get out of the classroom and as a teacher you do so much more then that. I started then to volunteer for a foundation to learn what I felt was missing in my professional development but also I had to fulfill my need to be useful for someone else then myself.
I volunteered 3 years for children with muscular dystrophy and worked with them in their emotional recovery (for they were abandoned) and also joined in organizing the foundation events. And this motivated me to be more active: I started ball-room dancing, drawing classes and English courses all at the same time.
When I graduated high school at 18 years old I took a contest for a pre-school teacher job. I got it and then I had to see how I was going to do both job and college studies. And I did great I was good as a pre-school teacher and I graduated top of my class my bachelor studies. I continued my job and started a MBA program that I am graduating this year.
My job as a pre-school teacher did not gave me the opportunity to value at a true level my knowledge acquired as a top graduate so I gladly said yes to a proposal for being an educational junior researcher. The offer was part-time until my contract at kindergarten expired when I was to become full-time employer. So in November this year I found myself doing two MBA programs and two jobs at once … and I still did great. I had straight A’s at one MBA and only two B’s at the other one and handled my jobs very well. I had so less sleep time but I was happy to be good at what I was involved in. When my contract at kindergarten expired my principal offered me the possibility to stay more. The deal with the others was that I would not stay anymore so I left what I did for 4 years an a half and become a full-time junior researcher. It was a hard thing to do.
Five months passed as part-time and I had still no papers for employment even when I crossed to full-time. Money came but no papers. Whenever I asked they circled the answer or say that they will fix it but never did. So I decided to resign. They offered me more money, the director position for one of their NGO’s and the promise to fix my 5 months delayed papers. No drop of money or positions will buy my integrity. I resigned because I lost my trust in their intentions in everything they did and a few other reasons so I went in the same day to interview for a pre-school teacher job at a private kindergarten. I was told by the interviewer in the first sentences just by looking at my resume that I was over qualified. I applied at another kindergarten and I got the job. This one is new on market and will start when it will gather the enough number of children. Till then I am doing something ….Now at 23 years old I am starting an educational NGO with experienced and enthusiastic people as partners. Two days ago I made the first legal step in developing it: I sent the name reservation to the Ministry of Justice. We are working every evening for 4-5 hours to lift it up. This one will be truly for the people, it will be fair and for myself I can guarantee that I will give 100% passion, experience and knowledge.
To be continued …