Some persons told me before I should start a blog, because in their opinion, I have some interesting experiences to share with other people. I have a lot of thoughts but I’m not the ‘writing person’, actually I prefer the quick everything. But the true is that in this particular moment, I leave my country to follow a dream. I leave so many people that I care and love, so I decided the best way to keep them close, is sharing in this way.
So, I’m Vanessa, I’m a 27 year old Mexican girl and today I’m flying to Denmark following my heart beat (and not because of a love crush!). And because this new adventure it’s going to be mostly in English, I’m going to start writing in the language… so please excuse the writing mistakes, the plan is to improve each time.
Every beginning starts with a decision, or as in my country we say, “chinguesu I’m gonna make it”.
Since university, I started working on international companies, building a successful career so I could buy lots of things to ensure a high level life and be happy. In my country the productivity is equal to lots of hours working, so it was pretty common working since early time in the morning and with no time to get out, also having a few days (less than 10) per year for holiday. I’ve always been a responsible person so it wasn’t a surprise for me that doing correct my job, my career was growing fast. At an early age I was economic independent, I bought the car I wanted, rented a department in a fashion area on the capital, furnished it with fancy decoration, had lots of clothes, shoes, purses…. that honestly I didn’t need them all. The point was that all the material stuff I earned with my effort didn’t gave me the happiness that it supposed to, I didn’t feel free at all and my mood was like an older person almost all of the time. I made a self-reflection and recognized I needed urgently a change. So a friend and I decided to make a “time out” in our life and travel around Europe. So I quit to my job, to my fancy place, to my life and start living the present.
During our three months traveling I saw everything so clear and out of the box. I felt so alive. I realized there are so many options to choose in life and not only those that we use to know or are in our comfortable zone. My last conclusion was that all the elections are right -> to do something, to change the course, to improve… and the only thing that I have the obligation to do as a human is to never stop choosing and doing those that will make happier my life.
When we got back home, I knew Denmark was the place I wanted to be. I made a deal with myself where my only project was finding the way to make this true. So I gave me the limit of a year where my compromise was to do everything in my possibilities, and on the other hand, accepted if it didn’t work.
Seven months after, I’m celebrating my first week in Copenhagen.
Now I’m officially here, some people start asking me about “the magical link” where they can also apply and get the same shot. This is the thing, in life there are not shortcuts to success, it needs a clear goal, perseverance and a little of more perseverance. Even when I’m already here, I know there still being a large way in front, and that’s perfectly fine, after all that’s why I’m here.
But there’s actually a site with all the options for moving to Denmark: with a job contract (and just some companies), studying (with the school’s acceptance), like Au pair (only for a year), getting marry, etc.
At first I made a deal with the Mexican embassy in Denmark, so I could be practicing with them while I found a job with the three months tourism Visa. So I bought my flight ticket and meanwhile the date came, I started a job searching through plataforms such a LinkedIn. I realized that even with my six years of experience, my profile wasn’t enough to get a job contract.
I changed the working plan for a studying plan, where with a Master degree I would be able to get a job contract and the residence permit in the long term. I invest lot of time reading about schools and their programs. I knew that if I was to make one, it has to worth it and being something I really wanted in the future. Here’s where I founded CBS (Copenhagen Business School), with a Master programme which I’m totally sure will allow me to get my future plans: Organizational Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Every time I read more about it, I was more and more excited about my future doing it, but the stress became when I realized that I just had one month to submit my application with all the requirements that of course, I didn’t had… Let the hunger games begin.
This where the most important things I needed to do in a first step.
I was really nervous about the answer, I saw the statistics where just the 30% of the applicants are accepted (imagine of this how many are from LA). Meanwhile I applied to my B and C plans in Berlin and Barcelona, just in case.
After almost three months, I got my acceptance letter!!!
So then I made another processes, such my residence permit application with the consulate of Denmark, housing reservation, change my ticket date and enjoying everything in Mexico before leaving.
I wanna close with the reflection that nobody is going to make the things for you. If you really want to make something happens, its your own responsibility to get it. Be owner of your life and take it whenever you want. I’m really lucky for all the support of family and friends I received (and still) in this project. You are the strength I need to keep forward.