Barbara: “My Heart- Already a Red W”

Hello, #futurebadgers! My name is Barbara Pereta. I am from Brazil, and my intended major is Chemical Engineering. I believe that everyone desires to enjoy the best time at the best university. Thus, there must be no time and no space for sadness. That is what makes me want to write to you monthly, to share happiness and experiences, so that we can all enjoy this amazing opportunity together.

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Do you know the feeling of turning a dream into a reality? Well, that is exactly how I feel right now. Everything has been so unreal, and although I have always wanted that, I could never imagine this day would actually come. UW-Madison gives me the same feeling as receiving the coolest Christmas gift. I just cannot stop thinking and wondering about it. After getting in touch with only few people going to UW-Madison, I already feel comfortable. I know UW-Madison is going to be my new home away from home.

Nevertheless, going to the university also means leaving my whole life, family, old friends and old habits. We are all taking a big step in our lives and are leaving our comfort zone. When I was about to begin my senior year on high school, I learned an important thing that is helping me a lot right now. I decided to study in a preparatory for Brazilian tests, so I had to leave my old school. At that time, I started losing friends and had no time for my family. In the beginning, it was difficult to understand what was going on. Then, I started to realize that the people who really loved me were there, by my side, no matter what happened and how hard things got. They were always there to help me and give me strength.

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That moment was important to me because it taught me that those who really loves you will always be by your side. Having learned that makes me feel better about leaving Brazil and leaving my past to build a future.

Besides that, of course, there are some things that worry me, such as living in a completely different culture or experience the multiple seasons, which we do not have in Brazil. While those things scare me, however, I am still excited about them. All the obstacles and challenges are simply opportunities to learn and grow. I believe we are going to have the best time at UW-Madison growing together, meeting people who think outside of the box, learning new things, and buildinging a beautiful path to the future.

Finally, I want you to know that my heart is not a heart anymore. It has already become a red “W.” I hope you all feel the same way. See you soon! #YouAtUW


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