*sorry för endast engelskt inlägg, blev så otroligt mycket text..
Are you a dreamer? I believe everybody has dreams whether they want to talk about it or not. I, myself am a big dreamer and I love life. I may not talk about it a lot but I have a million thoughts about what I want to achieve in my life. This is my story about how I ended up following my dream and moved abroad.
I was in the middle of my senior year in high school, people were trying to figure out what they wanted to start studying and many of them knew what they wanted already. For me, it felt like everyone knew what to do after high school... except me. This was probably not the case but at least it felt like this for me. I bet many of you have felt the same as I did, am I right? None of the universities and schools at home in Finland seemed interesting, I became really stressed about what was supposed to be the biggest decision of my life and I felt like I’m never gonna figure things out.
Then one day, just for fun, I went to a presentation about hotel studies in Switzerland. I've never felt such a weird feeling inside me but it just felt like "this is it!". The only problem though, was that I knew I could never afford it. There was no point in even telling my parents about this.
But sometimes you just have to talk things through and believing in the "impossible things", because a few months later I was on my way to visit Switzerland and the school with my family. Simply said, we liked it a lot.
Since I had decided to keep a gap year after high school, I didn’t apply to the school in Switzerland. One gap year went by while I was working and did a bartender course in Barcelona. I was afraid of leaving everything and everyone behind me and mostly my boyfriend, so I tried to convince myself that it’'s for the best to just stay at home after all. During this year I had tried so hard to find schools at home that would catch my interest, but nothing. I started to realize that studying at home in Finland wasn’t what I truly wanted and as time went by, the more I dreamed about studying and moving abroad. In the middle of my second gap year, I thought I was never gonna make my dream come true. I was never gonna to move abroad...
I was wrong. Luckily haha. After two gap years (and also the two most stressful years in my life) trying to figure out what I wanted with my life, I accepted my place at one of the best private international hotel and business schools in the world. And in October 2017 I packed my bags and moved to Switzerland.
Don’t ask me how I suddenly was able to afford the school fees, because I wasn't. And of course, I still don't. I just chose to take the risk and I know it’ll be alright somehow. It has to.
With this, I just want to remind you guys that it's okay to have dreams and you should have! People might think you are crazy and some sure judge you as well but hey, who cares, it's your life, isn't it?! And you should take risks, whether it’s a big or small one. What'’s the worst that could happen anyway?
Many people have asked me how I got the courage to move all alone to another country and just leave friends and family, not to mention my boyfriend. The answer is: I did not. I didn't have the courage. I just finally made a decision. Because the toughest part is actually the simplest thing of making the decision. And for me it really took some time (two years haha?!) but I did it! And you know what the best thing is? It was the best decision of my life! Not because I don’t like my friends and family at home, I love them all more than they think! Not because it’s not though, cause it can be hell sometimes. But because I’m growing as a person so much every single day and I’m learning so much about life and the world that I would never have learned otherwise. I would have regretted it my whole life if I would have done the opposite decision. And that, I would never be able to live with. So pretty pleeease, dare to chase your dreams, how big or small they may be! Cause the only way to fulfill your dreams is to get out of your own way and take action!
Thank you for reading❤