My profession- part II- the present not perfect yet
Hi Amy, BBC team and friends,
Welcome to the blog. Today, Just to practice a bit the present perfect tense that teacher Amy has raised and because the reader Henrich Stamm from Santa Catarina has mistakely said that I have come from an upper-middle-class background, I want to talk about the past, the existing gap between rich and poor in our country and how it’s difficult to finish studies here and reach the university.
I start the illustration with my friend who is an intelligent guy and an expert in IT but couldn’t afford the university. Also another friend from Săo Paulo, fan of Tolkien’s books, who knows everything and read nearly a book per week that is in the same situation. I could write a book with several cases.
Needless to go so far. In my own family, because Henrich has taken me back, I have the image of my father bringing me up (me and 5 siblings) while working and studying until he could enter the university. What I remember of my mother is that she left us when we were children for some reason, and before you start looking for her at the internet for me, I advise that she has appeared again recently in our lives and is ok. I also remember that she was not allowed to study so... there was a huge gap even inside my family.
My mother has never read a book while my father is a teacher of financial mathmatic and statistics at a private university and as such, he wanted me to be an engineer or architect some day.
He was investing his fees in me until one day going to my uncle’s house in Rio de Janeiro, I followed his routine as a dentist. As a result, I fell in love with the profession, what happens to a great number of women here.
My father became furious because he couldn’t afford such expensive course, even if it was in a public university because the cost of the materials were very high. I reassured him saying everything would be ok and that he wouldn’t have to spend nothing with me from that day on.
I showed my grades to the preparatory course for the university entry so that I could study there for free. And finally I was there, at the university, studying what I wanted.
It was not really easy and almost impossible for one from my background. The materials were extremely expensive and I couldn’t have a full-time job due to the schedule we had at mornings, affternoons and some nights.
So, firstly I began teaching children who had bad grades in math, portuguese and the basic english. I started with one child and after some time I was with a class of 7 at home. The problem was that I showed them how to study by themselves and soon they were walking with their own legs.
They succeeded at school. And me? I started other activity. So I started making jewelleries and selling to my classmates.
On weekends I was selling natural sandwiches with my friend on the beach, more precisely at Manguinhos beach. We made a good profit and everybody wanted our sandwich criteriously made so that my friend’s brother discovered our recipe and started his business at the same beach taking away our clients!
Meanwhile I was progressing at the university, involved in many activities including trainnings inside and outside.
One of the trainnings was at the company where I work today. It was the best trainning by the time and it was a vociferous competition. All the candidates had a politician to aid. I had no one. So I did all the tests and the last step was an interview. I had no experience in interviews so I did a stupid thing. Please, readers, don’t do what I did! This is what you should never do. I’ll tell you what is but only tomorrow ‘cause I am tired now. So today we are going to have a soap opera ending.
Being always busy with the present and thinking about the future, I hate talking about the past! I know it’s boring for you, my readers, too but blame Henrich Stamm and the teacher Amy! :-D
Until next caphter! Good night! Byyyyye...
1- has become
2- I think it's correct or I have to swallow the word 'today'
3- I changed my plans
4-My unique option would be taking the long trip...I had a grat time there.
5-I've looked at the
6-had been here
Thanks for the comments. I promisse I'll answer one by one on the weekend. Please keep on writing. I love hearing from you all. My fingers are itching to answer now but I need a rest. I get up very early!
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