Finding Strength in the Struggle
As cheesy as it sounds, the struggles we face are our path to success, and I have learned this from experience. Being from Brazil, I found it hard to adjust to college in the USA. I knew college in America would be a good choice, but I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I chose a school in the Midwest. I struggled to make friends, my grades were dropping, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and I tore my ACL. I needed a change, so I transferred to SWU on a friend’s recommendation. What began as a total shot in the dark quickly turned into a great decision. When I came to SWU I felt the sense of purpose and family atmosphere I had been missing. Through my struggles I questioned my choices, but the people I met and the purpose I found here inspired me to push through and finish college. Now, as I prepare to move back home to Brazil, I am grateful to be a stronger person.
Class of 2017