When I decided to look for master’s programs, I quickly realized that I wanted to live this challenge outside Costa Rica. This has been one of the most important decisions of my life because, beyond academic accomplishments, it marked the beginning of remarkable growth as a human being.
I had the opportunity of studying in Finland in 2016, where I met many people that, just like me, decided to leave their home in search of new opportunities and experiences. Their life stories, joys, and illusions kept me from the cold in more than one occasion.
I recently moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to work. The process of leaving behind the bubble of college life to establish myself in a new city has been the most challenging experience of my life. Even easy tasks like signing up for the gym are difficult when you don’t understand the language or the culture.
I am lucky enough to be a migrant by choice. I have not had to flee from war, authoritarian governments or poverty like some of my friends. Nevertheless, this privilege does not stop me from missing my family, friends, culture, and language.
Even though I miss many things, I see the future with optimism and I live my present with deep gratitude.