My name is Julie, but my parents call me Julieta, especially when they want to express their dissatisfaction or disagreement. Girls with such names are supposed to set high goals, have hidden talent and always bring joy everywhere. I don’t like my name, probably as any girl does not. Do I have any choice? And besides, maybe all the joy and happiness that I have in my life is because of this name?
I was born in Spain, but when I was five, our family moved to the United States as my father got a promotion at work. So, now we are living here.
My family consists of four people: both of my parents, my sister and me. They are the funniest people I’ve ever met. Our evening dinners usually end up in jokes and heart-to-heart talks. My parents and my sister are the closest people to me, who always offer me their support and assistance. As children, we used to fight and argue with my sister. But as I was growing, I became realizing that I would never meet the best and truer friend than her. Of course, we have some conflicts, but they last no longer than five minutes.
The way my parents brought me up
My parents raised me up as a mature and independent individual. I have my own opinion concerning things, and sometimes I change it, but never reject it. They have taught me to be determined when it comes to goals and aims, and never give up or indulge weaknesses. I know what my flaws are and I am working on them in order to become better.
Speaking of my hobbies, I am very much interested in languages and literature. Spanish and English have been my passion since childhood. It was my mother, who read to me evening when I was small. My mother cultivated a love of fiction and detectives. Nowadays, I have a small library consisting of almost all books by Stephen King, who is one of my favorite writers, by the way. My father has also promoted a love of music. Even though he is not a professional, but his guitar play drives me distracted and evokes special feelings. When I was eleven, my dad taught me how to play guitar, and I tried to absorb every piece of the information that he was trying to put in my head.
However, when I became a student, the college left no time for favorite activities. I would not say, that I was a nerd, but you know that college students have a great workload to do in order to get the highest grades. My studiousness and efforts had not been made in vain. I successfully passed my exams, especially an exam in Spanish that I was worried about the most. The head of the department awarded my persistence with a chance to join the student exchange program. Now, I had an opportunity to become a part of something great and interesting. That day a new exciting stage of my life has started.
My new experience
I was so excited to meet new people and make new friends. I stood an opportunity to become one of the students of The University of Puerto Rico. I have not traveled abroad for a long time, and I could not believe I’ve done it. Due to my advanced level of Spanish, I faced no difficulties either in understanding, or communicating, or sharing interests with people. I said a few words about myself to my fellow, and we spent long hours communicating and getting to know each other. That was a great experience that helped me to deepen my general knowledge about different cultures as well as elevate the mind.
I am so grateful to the university because besides the fact that it gave me new acquaintances it also gave me knowledge extremely important when it comes to finding a job. The university holds a meeting where all the students were given tips and tricks of the successful job interview. What is more, every student was given a sample, written in English, on of how to write your CV. One of the tips says ho to make the introduction, what to include in the main body and how to make the conclusion. Moreover, it explains which points you may be a bit creative and where it is necessary to give accurate information.
That trip has definitely changed me. For example, I have become much more responsible for my actions; I can easily cope with difficulties at hand and make mature decisions. That was a great life lesson, from which I have made conclusions for my self. Taken all that into consideration, I have made up my mind to let my dream come true finally. The next year I hope I will join another program and enroll at National University of Arts in Korea, where I would choose department of instrumental music and finally start learning the subject I have always had an inclination for.