I’ve quit my job at CUNY

Ok. So this happened, again. I am really bad at quitting jobs, I usually get nervous, don’t know what to say or how to act. Anyways, I was working twice a week for a CUNY college and it got extremely crazy because besides having to work at the office, I had to meet with 2 mentees weekly and submit time-sheet and log-sheet every single week.

CUNY pays students a ridiculous salary ($9.85/h before taxes!!!) So, it is basically less than $9 dollars per hour after your taxes are deducted.

I sent a Facebook message to my boss and I told her I was quitting because I am very busy at Baruch, which is true. I am a full time student there and it requires a lot of work! My assignments are extremely long and after finishing it, I have no energy for anything else…

The other 2 jobs I had at CUNY previously I quit in a different manner:

Call center: I went to my boss office and I told her I had to quit to prepare myself for an internship (I got an offer to be a scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank at that time).

Assistant to the Director of the CUNY Service Corps program: I walked into her office and told her that was my last day. (I know it sounds horrible) but a week notice didn’t make sense in this case because the college was going to be closed on the following week… Today I would have done differently.

I also worked as Welcome Ambassador, but this job had a short term contract so I didn’t need to quit. lol but I refused a second offer to work as an Ambassador again.

I feel much lighter and now I freed some hours on my week. Oh! I bought a desk too, so I can study at home 🙂

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See you soon,

XoXo,

Liana

 

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Discounted Broadway tickets!

Hi friends!

How are you all doing? hope you are all enjoying the summer!

Today I will share with you how to buy your Broadway ticket paying waaay less than the regular price!! As a student myself I am always looking for good deals and I would love to share with my fellow students. They usually have two options; rush and student tickets.

Aladdin

Lottery Rush:
$30 – a limited number of tickets via lottery at the box office at 214
W. 42nd Street (open Monday-Friday from 9 AM-8 PM, Saturday from 10 AM-8
PM and Sunday from 10 AM-6:30 PM).

Beginning two-and-a-half
hours before the performance, theatregoers are invited to enter the
lottery, and winners will be drawn two hours before each performance.
Winners may purchase up to two $30 tickets with cash only to that day’s
performance. Locations will be at the theatre’s discretion and may not
be offered at all performances.

Amazing Grace

General Rush: $30 – a limited number of tickets are available for
purchase at the box office at opening each day. Cash only. Limit 2 per
person.

An Act of God

Digital Lottery:
$37 – the show has partnered with TodayTix to allow its members to enter
a mobile lottery via the TodayTix app, available in the App Store or
Google Play Store. The entry period will begin each day at midnight, and
continue until winners are notified via push notification & e-mail
3-4 hours before the selected performance begins. Winners secure their
ticket(s) through the app; they are then held for purchase at the Studio
54 box office. Payment is cash only. Seat locations are subject to
availability.

An American in Paris

General Rush: $32 – a limited number of tickets are available for
purchase at the box office at opening each day. Cash only. Limit 2 per
person.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

General Rush: $40 – A number of $40 tickets will be made available for
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening performances for purchase
day-of at the box office of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Tickets are
subject to availability, and patrons are limited to two rush tickets per
person.

The Book of Mormon

Lottery Rush:
$32 – a limited number of tickets for each performance will be sold
through the lottery. Entries will be accepted at the box office
beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person
will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to
purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names
will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $32
each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for
duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the
drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per
person and two tickets per winner. Tickets may be purchased in cash or
with a valid credit card. Tickets are subject to availability.

Standing Room: $27 – available at the box office directly after the lottery.

Chicago 

General Rush: $37 – tickets available at the box office only, when the
box office opens. Limit 2 per customer. Not available for Saturday
evenings. Subject to availability.

Standing Room: $27 – available at the box office, day of performance, only when the performance is sold out.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

General Rush: $37 – a limited number of general rush tickets are
available at the box office on the day of the performance at $37 each
(price includes a $2 facility fee). Limit of two tickets per person.
Subject to availability.

Last Row Mezzanine: $27 – all seats in rows F-G of the rear mezzanine are priced at $27 for all performances.

Finding Neverland

General Rush: $37 – a limited number of rush tickets are available for
purchase in-person at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre box office beginning at
10am (12pm on Sundays) for that day’s performance(s) only. Maximum one
ticket per person, cash only. Rush tickets are subject to availability
and may not be offered at all performances. Rush seating locations will
be determined at the discretion of the box office.

Fish in the Dark

General Rush: $35 – available when the box office opens. Limit of 2 tickets per person, while seats are available.

Fun Home

Digital Lottery: $32 – the show has partnered with TodayTix to allow
its members to enter a mobile lottery via the TodayTix app, available in
the App Store or Google Play Store. The entry period will begin each
day at midnight, and continue until winners are notified via push
notification 3-4 hours before the selected performance begins. Winners
will be offered the opportunity to purchase either one or two $32
tickets, and can pick up them up from the box office of the Circle in
the Square Theatre. Seat locations are subject to availability.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Youth Rush: $42 – a limited number of tickets will be made available
for each performance for patrons aged 35 and under. These tickets must
be purchased day-of, in-person at the box office and are subject to
availability. Valid photo I.D. will be required, and patrons are limited
to two rush tickets per performance.

Hamilton

Lottery Rush: $10 – Starting two-and-a-half hours hours before every
performance, submit your name outside the theater for a chance to win up
to two tickets. Names are drawn two hours before showtime. Tickets are
$10, cash only.

Hand to God

General
Rush: $27 – A limited number of general rush tickets will be available
when the box office opens on the day of the performance. Seats may be
partial view and are subject to availability. Limit 2 per person. Cash
or credit card accepted.

Standing Room: $27 – Available on the
day of the performance when the box office opens. Standing-room tickets
are only available when the performance is sold out. There is a limit of
2 per tickets per person. Cash or credit card accepted.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Lottery Rush: $37 – A minimum of 20 tickets will be sold via lottery
for each performance. Beginning two-and-a-half hours before every
performance, patrons are invited to enter the lottery at the Belasco
Theatre (111 West 44th Street). Winners will be drawn two hours before
each performance. Each person will print their name and the number of
tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided.
Entries will be collected and names will be drawn at random. Winners
will then be able to purchase tickets at $37 each. All cards are checked
for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time
of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Tickets may be
purchased in cash or with a valid credit card. Limit one entry per
person and two tickets per winner. Subject to availability. Seat
locations may be partial view.

Standing Room: $29 – standing
room tickets will be available for purchase at the Belasco Theatre box
office beginning 45 minutes prior to curtain on the day of the
performance only, but only if the performance is otherwise sold out.
Limit 2 tickets per person.

It Shoulda Been You

General Rush: $35 – available day of performance beginning when the
box office opens. Limit 2 per person. There will be 30 tickets available
each day.

Jersey Boys 

Student Rush:
$27 – a limited number of student tickets available at the box office on
the day of the performance beginning at 10 AM. Two kinds of photo ID
must be shown: a non-expired full time student ID, as well as a
government issued photo ID, drivers license or passport. Limit 2 tickets
per person per 30 day period. Tickets are subject to availability and
may not be offered at all performances. Locations may be partial view.
Cash only.

The King and I

Student Rush:
$32 – each day, LCT offers $32 student rush tickets beginning two hours
before a performance at the Box Office (subject to availability).
Student rush tickets are limited to one ticket per performance and you
must show a valid college/university ID to purchase a ticket. Please
Note: not all performances have student rush tickets.

LincTix:
$32 – LCT’s program for patrons aged 21-35 is free to join and gives
access to $32 tickets for each new LCT production. Linctix allows you to
purchase tickets in advance as soon as the show is on sale to the
public. A limited number of LincTix are available for EVERY performance.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.lct.org/linctix.

Kinky Boots

Online Lottery: $37 – entries will be accepted online
beginning at the curtain time of the previous performance and close
three and a half hours before curtain of the desired performance. Limit
of one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Lottery tickets are
priced at $37 each and are subject to seating availability.

Standing
Room: $27 – a limited number of standing-room tickets may be available
in person at the box office on the day of the performance, if the
performance is sold out.

Les Misérables

General Rush: $37 – rush tickets will be available beginning 10 AM daily
(and noon on Sundays as of March 30) at the Imperial Theatre box office
only (249 West 45th Street).

Mamma Mia!

Rush Seats: $32 (incl $2.00 fac fee) may be available on the day of the
performance when the box office opens. Subject to availability. May not
be offered for all performances. Limit is 2 tickets per customer.

Standing Room: $32 (incl $2.00 fac fee) available at the box office
only on the day of the performance if the performance is sold out. Goes
on sale two hours prior to curtain. Limit is 2 per customer.

Matilda

Lottery Rush: $27 – a minimum of 20 tickets will be sold via lottery
for each performance. Beginning two-and-a-half hours before every
performance, patrons are invited to enter the lottery; winners will then
be drawn two hours before each performance. Each person will print
their name and the number of tickets (a two ticket limit) they wish to
purchase on a card that is provided. Entries will be collected and names
will be drawn at random. Winners will then be able to purchase tickets
at $27 each. (Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing.)
Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to
purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner.
Do appreciate that lottery tickets are absolutely non-transferable: the
person entering the lottery must also be the person attending the show.
Tickets are subject to availability. Depending on the performance, some
seat locations may be partial view. Note that there is limit of two
lottery tickets per winner within a 30-day period.

Standing
Room: $27 – Available on the day of the performance when the box office
opens. Only available when the performance is sold out. Limit 2 tickets
per person.

On The Town

Digital Lottery:
$20 – the show has partnered with TodayTix to allow its members to enter
a mobile lottery via the TodayTix app, available in the App Store or
Google Play Store. The entry period will begin each day at midnight, and
continue until winners are notified via push notification 3-4 hours
before the selected performance begins. Winners will be offered the
opportunity to purchase $20 tickets, and can pick up their tickets from
the uniformed TodayTix concierge outside of the theatre. Seat locations
are subject to availability.

On The Twentieth Century

Student Rush: A limited number of half-price seats sold a half hour
before curtain. They are subject to availability and limited to 1 per
person with a valid student ID.

General Rush: $47 – A limited
number of tickets sold when the box office opens on the day of the
performance. Tickets are subject to availability and limited to 2 per
person. Tickets located in the rear sides of the mezzanine. Cash or
credit card.

Hiptix: $25 – Roundabout’s Hiptix program allows
registered patrons between ages 18 and 35 to purchase 1 pair of tickets
per production at this price. Free registration is required. Ticket may
be purchased in advance as availability dictates. Info at:
http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/

The Phantom of the Opera

Standing Room: $27 – available at the box office, only when the
performance is sold out. They are sold in advance or same day, if
available. There are only 28 standing room positions.

Tickets
in the last two rows of the Rear Mezzanine on the sides are priced at
$27 for Monday through Thursday performances. These tickets may be
purchased through Telecharge.com or at the box office.

Penn & Teller on Broadway

General Rush: $40 – a limited number of general rush tickets per
performance will be available for purchase at the Marquis Theatre (46th
Street between Broadway and 8th) when the box office opens. Tickets are
$40, limited to two per person, and subject to availability for that
day’s performance.

Something Rotten!

Online Lottery: $35 – a limited number of tickets, including
front row, per performance will be sold to winners of a digital lottery
drawing. Tickets are limited to two per person. For details and to enter
the digital lottery, visit lottery.rottenbroadway.com. Entrants will be
notified of their status two-and-a-half hours prior to show time.
Tickets must be claimed and paid for at the St. James Theatre box office
no later than 30 minutes prior to the performance.

General
rush: $35 – tickets will be available for purchase at the St. James
Theatre when the box office opens. Tickets are limited to two per
person, and subject to availability for that day’s performances.

Wicked

Lottery Rush: $30 – a limited number of select orchestra seats
available for each performance via a lottery drawing held two hours
before curtain. Entries are accepted starting two and a half hours prior
to each performance (or 30 minutes before the drawing itself). Limit
one entry per person, and two tickets per winner. Winners must be
present at time of drawing and valid identification must be shown to
purchase tickets.

Careers in Finance / Where to find an internship or a job in NYC

Hi everyone! Today I’ll talk about an exciting topic! At least for me 🙂

A lot of people talk about “Finance” but Do you know what it really means?

According to (internationalstudent.com) the definition of Finance is  the allocation of resources. Today, people might most commonly think of finance as money management, but let’s take it back a step further.

The word “finance” has its roots in Old French dating from around 1350 (about the time when European markets began to use money more heavily for trade instead of bartering), connected to the idea of“finishing” or settling a debt by making a payment. To have the financial means for something, is to have the ability to finish or settle the matter (like, for instance, an international student financing their degree). Finance in the sense of “managing money” was first recorded in English in 1770. Money was created as a tool that made trading less complicated between people with very different resources and needs, that didn’t always match up.

Considering a career in finance?  let’s take a look at positions and salaries first; then I will show you some companies that recruit interns and talk a little bit about requirements for these jobs.

Salaries (lowest to highest)

1. Bank tellers
Cash checks, accept deposits and loan payments and process withdrawals. They also may sell savings bonds and travelers’ checks, accept bill payments and process paperwork. Most tellers have at least a high school diploma, but people with bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or liberal arts may get jobs as tellers to break into banking with the hopes of being promoted.
Average salary$28,000/year


2. Collectors
Keep track of accounts that are overdue and attempt to collect payment on them, making computer literacy and good communications skills a must in this job. Most collectors are required to have at least a high school diploma; however, employers prefer workers who have completed some college or who have experience in other occupations that involve contact with the public.
Average salary: $34,000/year

3. Buyers 
Buy the goods and services a company needs either to resell to customers or for the establishment’s own use. Educational requirements vary with the size of the organization, but many manufacturing firms prefer applicants with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, business, economics or one of the applied sciences.
Average salary$40,000/year

4.Accountants
Analyze, plan, evaluate and advise on matters of accounting theory and practice. A bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field is usually required, but those with a master’s degree or experience to boot will have better job opportunities.
Average salary: $59,000/year



5. Treasurers
Direct an organization’s financial goals, objectives and budgets. Their duties may include overseeing the investment of funds and executing capital-raising strategies. Employers require a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, economics or business administration; however, employers increasingly are placing emphasis on advanced degrees in these fields.
Average salary$86,000/year


6. Auditors

Examine and analyze accounting records and prepare financial reports for clients. Auditors usually need a bachelor’s degree, but as with accountants, experience and advanced degrees increase their chances of getting hired.
Average salary: $92,000/year

7.Financial analysts
Work for businesses to help them or their clients make investment decisions. Analysts must have a bachelor’s degree, often in business administration, accounting, statistics or finance, analysts with a master’s degree in business administration will find themselves among the most desirable employees.
Average salary: $100,000/year



8. Budget analysts
Provide analysis and assistance to help companies develop their annual budgets, decide how to allocate current resources and estimate future financial requirements. A bachelor’s degree – often in finance, economics, accounting, business, statistics, political science or sociology – is the minimum requirement for most employers, but an advanced degree is often preferred and sometimes required.
Average salary$112,000/year



9.Loan officers
Assist individuals and organizations in applying for loans, assess the individuals’ creditworthiness and help them determine the most appropriate type of loan for his/her needs. Employers usually require loan officers to have a bachelor’s degree in finance, economics or a related field. Loan officers will find experience in banking, lending or sales and knowledge of computers to be huge assets in their job search.
Average salary: $126,000/year


10. Personal financial advisors – use their knowledge of investments, tax laws and insurance to recommend financial options that help individuals meet their short- and long-term goals. Advisors with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, economics, business mathematics or law will have the best opportunities for jobs in their field.
Average salary: $140,000/year


Keep in mind that financial jobs are highly specialized, so generic job boards are not the best places to seek such positions. Instead, consider niche sites, such as Job Search Digest. When looking offline, specialized executive recruiters (a.k.a. headhunters) can be excellent resources for both financial job opportunities and career advice. Your university’s alumni association can also be very helpful by putting you in touch with industry insiders who are willing to provide some insight and sometimes job leads.
Industry conferences and other networking events are also great places to look for financial jobs. Concerning networking, never forget the value of personal interaction – everyone you meet could know someone who knows of a job opening. Keep your avenues of communication open by following up in a professional, yet personal way, such as a hand-written note or forwarding an article of common interest.

Choosing the Right Direction for You
It is always wise to consider the direction of the market before seeking a financial job. To effectively pursue jobs with the highest probability of success, you must measure the demand for the position. Different financial jobs require different skills and present vastly different work environments, so it’s wise to select one that aligns with your long-term interests and abilities. Someone with solid interpersonal skills, for example, might do well as a financial advisor, while someone who enjoys crunching numbers might do better in public accounting. Do the research first to discover your options. The time spent uncovering the most interesting possibilities to you can be time saved working in a job that just doesn’t fit.  

What Majors are appropriate for a career in Finance?

Accounting, Business, Finance, Economics, Engineering, Physics, Math, Corporate Communications, Computer Engineering, Statistics, International Relations, etc. The field is so broad that a lot of majors can fit it. But definitely having a background or a lot of classes finance- related help you in your application!

Companies/Organizations that recruit students for summer internship programs:

UBS


CITIGROUP


GOLDMAN SACHS


FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NY


MORGAN STANLEY


JP MORGAN


CREDIT SUISSE


WELLS FARGO


BANK OF AMERICA


BARCLAYS


DEUTSCHE BANK

Good luck and hopefully you enjoyed the post today 🙂 If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post.

Li



sources: internationalstudent.com, http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2009/01/26/top-10-jobs-in-banking-and-finance/, http://www.investopedia.com/articles/financial-careers/08/financial-career-options-professionals.asp,

Starting a club on campus and making new friends

Hi friends!

Good news, I decided to post every two weeks on my blog 🙂 So, if you are interested in following an international student’s life, you can subscribe to my blog on the bottom right of the page (so u get email notifications) or you can simply come back here for every two weeks from now.

This semester I took a new challenge. One day my friend texted me asking if I had interest in being the Vice-President for the new club she was creating ”Fashion and Beauty Club”. I always wanted to be part of a club and even though I am a little busy this semester, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to meet new friends while I gain experience and develop my communication skills.
This semester I am taking 14 credits, I am on a volunteering program called P.L.U.S (Partners lending universal support) and I am also working for the CUNY Service Corps. With so many things going on I thought being in a club would take too much of my time…. but fortunately, club meetings are on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm and I happen to be free at this time! So I took the challenge. Let’s see how it is going to be =)

To open a club, at least in my college, we need:

1 President
1 Vice President
1 Secretary
1 Treasurer
15 students
1 faculty mentor
Write a club consitution

All executives officers need to be full-time students and have a minimum gpa of 2.5 or 3.0 ( I can’t remember exactly)

We also have to pick up an application inside the student’s activities office and we have to hand it back before the deadline.

Kauna, the club president, designed some flyers last minute, which looked really awesome btw and we handed out a few days before the club application deadline. In only two days on campus, we already had 26 students signed up! We were so happy!!! 🙂

Today, we had the club fair on campus. The club fair is a day when all students have an opportunity to promote their clubs! It was nice, we brought iPads and I designed some name badges. Two of our club members gave a little speech (Henry and Jodi)

Kauna, Jodi, me, Ezinma and Henry
Our name badges! 🙂
Henry and Jodi promoting our club!

Why should we start a club while we are in college? 

People create clubs for all kinds of reasons. If you have an
interest in something, is a great opportunity to meet people who think like you. You may also be
looking for something to put on a grad school application or a resume. You may just want to make some new friends and have a good time.
Nothing wrong with any of that! Think about all the reasons people have
for joining, and try to offer a little something to meet all those
needs. A survey or a discussion about what people want out of this
organization might be a good place to start. 
Hopefully you guys are inspired to open your own clubs!
If you have any questions, you can email me on my contact page

XoXo,

Li.

 

Back to New York and The Life of an International Student :)

     Hi Blog!

   Classes are back, I guess this semester will be fun with some Sculpture class I am taking.My goal its still 3 years away BUT I am NEVER giving up.  :]  
   I know that I probably talked over here about how it is to be an International Student ( f1 student ) in the U.S. Today I made a list about the pros and cons of being an International Student in New York based on my own experience. 




PROS OF BEING AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

1- Learning a new language.
 So, you think you can speak English only by watching TV series? come to the U.S! lol When I moved here, I realized I knew nothing. Americans in general speak really fast! 
When you are able to communicate your ideas clearly, discuss random topics with other people and answering the phone (for me, this was one of the hardest things to understand while learning English haha, I would leave the phone ringing and go straight to the voice mail), then you can say you learned the language. It is an awesome feeling. Don’t ever forget: ”Knowledge is power.”

2- Meeting people from all over the world.
You get to travel without moving. How amazing is that? Through my English classes (ESL) I met people from various countries and every time we all sat together to talk, our different accents, experiences and behaviors came along. It was incredible.

3- Going to new places, tasting new food and a culture totally different from yours.
Inside the U.S, plane tickets are relatively cheap and you get to go to places you never imagined that existed. In 3 years and 6 months living here, I’ve been to 11 states and went back (I’ve been there when I was 14y old) to Disney world for Christmas in 2010! I love that place so much!! *__*
Food wise, U.S is not a good place. It is all about fast food, hamburgers and junk food in general. If you don’t watch yourself, it is easy to turn into a ball after living here.

4- Getting maturity and knowing who YOU are and WHAT is your life philosophy/goals.  
You come here alone and your experience shapes your true self.
In my home country I never washed dishes or even folded clothes. I had maids my whole life and,when I came here, I was the maid myself. Was that a bad thing? Absolutely not. Working for others I learned three things for life; 
1- To value every single person. It does not matter if you are my boss, the delivery guy, the nanny or the janitor. Everyone should be respected regardless their positions. 
2- Don’t fight with small minded people. Your work doesn’t necessary define you and you don’t need to prove anything to ANYONE. People who truly care about you, will always support you.
3- NEVER be ashamed of what you do. Work hard, be motivated to grow and learn. Pay off your bills and keeping moving forward.

5- Focusing on a goal and using all your inner strength to pursue it.
Life is short. Without goals we don’t have motivation to enjoy it properly. 🙂

6- Breathing when one more step is concluded and feel proud of yourself after it.
That feeling of satisfaction when all your efforts lead you to the achievement of your goal. 
I remember the day I got my TOEFL results and how happy I felt. 
Also, I remember the feeling of being accepted to an American college! 
English is not my first language and the fact I would talk and study (at an academic level) made me feel so so so happy! 😀  …And I know, for sure, more happy moments will still be coming but in bigger doses 🙂
 

CONS OF BEING AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

Unfortunately, and paraphrasing that old saying ”All that glitters is not gold”, living in a foreign country can be extreme challenging (emotionally).

1- No emotional support. 
We are all alone. Fortunately in my case I have a boyfriend which also happened to be my best friend, so every time I am feeling sad, homesick or confused about my goals here, I talk to him and his feedback is an immediate fuel -and also a reminder why I came here at the first place.

2- No real jobs. 
International students in the U.S aren’t allowed to work unless its on campus( after the first year in college and it can only be a maximum of 20 hours per week on the minimum wage ). By the way, I applied for campus jobs since when I got here -guess if they hired me? nope. Americans and who-know-who-inside-of-the-department will be always first option.
(next post I will write about jobs on campus, OPT, CPT and H1b visas).

3- Tuition and Fees are usually 3x more expensive for International Students.
Yes! 3x more and I am not even joking. Oh, I forgot to mention that we are not allowed to have full scholarships and financial aid.

4- Ignorance.
When I tell people I am Brazilian they assume I walk around naked, know everything about soccer, love carnival and live in a jungle. lol Yeah! Sometimes I tell them I have to swing vines to move to one place to another because we don’t have cars and I also have too many friends, but they are all monkeys since they are my close neighbors. lol

5- The Green Card Fairy Tale.
Some people come here with a dream, some people come with goals and some people come with empty ideas. 
Unfortunately some of the first, and definitely 100% of the third group, made us (foreigners) look like ”Green Card Hungers”. 
I think its funny when someone asks me if I am with my boyfriend because of the citizenship or why I don’t get married tomorrow. 
People, listen carefully: If I am on a student visa and going to college, that means I am paying a lot to support myself here, right? Do you know there are many Americans who sell their own ”marriages” with foreigners because they need money? Do you think buying a marriage and selling your dignity is more expensive than going to college and supporting yourself as an International student? The answer is… NO! 🙂 If I wanted to do something ilegally, I would have done, but I am here for almost 4 years and every step I accomplished was with LOTS OF EFFORT, mine and from my biggest supporters:my parents.
Marriage? Yes! I want it, but when we both feel prepared and financially stable for the next step. It does not matter if it is in the U.S, in Japan, Brazil, China…  

6- It is hard.
But you know what? It is not impossible! You chose to study in a different country, so you face different obstacles. Being out of your comfort zone it is not -and it will never be easy! So, after reading all I wrote, watch this video that ALWAYS inspire me to keep moving forward and conquering the world! 😀






  Good Night and Awesome dreams 🙂 Have a nice week.

 


Li