365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 156: How I Finally Got Accepted To A University

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If you followed my last few posts you know about my struggles to get into a university. You also know that after many failed attempts I decided to stop trying to be something that I was not, find a job and forget about a degree in something that did not interest me to start with.

And so I moved to Bucharest and started my first job (what kind of job that was will make the story for another post). I felt free and happy and started earning money.

I forgot all about universities and acceptance exams and lived day by day, in Bucharest, surrounded by my wonderful friends, enjoying my life with my boyfriend, soon to be my husband. My daily experience was very different than theirs, as they were all university students. I enjoyed it nevertheless.

This was the time that Romania started to shake and brew great changes. I have many stories to share with you about the time just before the 1989 Romanian revolution and what happened right after (subjects for many posts to come, I am sure).

During the next couple of years following the revolution, Romania went through much upheaval and many struggles. There were many new beginnings and many opportunities.

I don’t really remember why, but my interest in pursuing a university was ignited in me again. There was a newly created program at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and I decided that I was going to TAKE THE EXAMS that summer. I also decided that I was only going to study for two weeks! I was very clear about it.

So, I took two weeks off from work, just before the exams, to brush off on my math and learn a little geography. The three exams were going to be: algebra, calculus and Romanian geography. I only wanted to study about half the geography material, because the other half did not interest me at all. And that’s exactly what I did.

I went and wrote my exams; without fear, without apprehension and with determination. My family and friends were worried and waited for the results to be posted. I believe that they were expecting another failure, given the fact that I had only studied for a couple of weeks. I did not expect failure and was not attached to the result either. I was relaxed. I knew I’d done a great job on the math exams and half a good job on the geography one (since I had studied only half of the material).

The results got posted a few days later: I got accepted. My acceptance grades were great: 9.6 and 9.4 out of 10 for algebra and calculus and 4.5 for geography. The math grades got me in. I quit my job and in the fall I went to school again.

So here’s the thing: when I decided to stop trying to do what others expected of me, I had no trouble doing what I wanted to do.

I love sharing all this with you!

Thank you for being here.

Love,

Rucsandra

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