Our ambassador from Brazil and student of Project Management at Dublin Business School, Mariana Ribeiro advises us to feel the fear and do it anyway. Opportunity lies in wait for those willing to take the first step on their journey to higher education.

Many people leave their home countries hoping to start a new life by gaining experience as an international student. Most will come with a basic understanding of their course or even the language spoken. The courage to do so is the first step in your journey towards higher education. Sometimes students are pushed by their families into making a decision but it is so important to decide your own future. The future is daunting as there is so much that is unknown and the only thing you can know for certain is that there will be many challenges to face along the way. However, with careful consideration, you can find the perfect course for you that will provide you with so many opportunities.

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All it takes is one step in the right direction

The dream of earning a diploma may not be possible in your home country but it is a reality when you come to the emerald isle! There are countless courses that cover a wide range of subjects — you will be spoiled for choice. There are so many benefits for international students.

  • Classes with people from all over the world.
  • The chance to work in Ireland while completing your studies.
  • Access to a wide range of study materials and research through your university.
  • A hub of multinational companies opening new offices and aiming to attract multicultural employees.
  • Permission to work full-time after the conclusion of the course for a determinate period.
  • The chance to gain new ideas and perspectives.
  • And most importantly the feeling that you are contributing and involved in something that gives meaning to your life.

Life can often be confusing and unpredictable. Things can end without warning, there may be no time to prepare for some changes. My advice to you is to not postpone anything. Make your dreams a reality, sooner rather than later. Make the decision to apply for the course that makes your heart beat because you may never get the chance to again.

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Photo Credit to – Marcus Quintela

Fear of leaving the comfort zone is where we miss out on so many opportunities. You don’t want to wake up one day with a head full of regret, wondering what might have been and the realisation that you can’t change anything. Do not wait for the “right time” to do what you most want because the universe does not wait. The dream of a graduation day and having the perfect career can come true if you just take that first step.

The world is full of possibilities and new opportunities, don’t waste your time, follow your dreams and get your diploma or degree which will be your ticket to a new future! All you need to do is take that first step!