Student in Bogotá, Colombia
Finding myself living in a society where a last name, a title, a nationality or even a job is supposed to define who we are is shocking. When someone asks us to talk about ourselves, these are the things we mention. So, Colombian International Business Administration student should be enough to describe myself, right? -- Well, actually it is not right for me at all. That is not who I am, and it does not say anything about my passions, my dreams, my values, which are actually the things that make me different. Then, why do we keep trying to “know” people by asking the same questions? It seems to me we are focusing our attention on the wrong things.
So, let me tell you something about who I really am. I’m amazed by the cultural richness that exists all over the world; knowing different people from different cultures, trying new things, learning new languages, are some of the things that passionate me. But beyond just learning, I love to live what I learn. Different experiences in my life have led me to share time with people from all over the world, and the conclusion that I got from that was: People is valuable, and there is so much more value out there in the world than we could ever imagine. The sad part is that unfortunately the world is focused on a “value” that increases the bank account instead of our lives.
As a result of these: Different cultures + Enjoying people’s value = International business administration. Weird choice, isn’t it? Well, not when you understand that companies’ greatest asset is people, and of course, they can come from anywhere. I truly believe that business can be a tool to not only look and find the potential in others, but to bring that potential to where I am and enjoy it, while helping others as well. It also involves getting to know people to build strong relationships than can actually enhance not only companies but the whole society, and this is what I want for my life, this is who I want to be. It may sound like an impossible dream, but as I heard sometime: “If your dreams do not scare you, then they are not big enough”.