It was 2017 when I first set foot on Swedish soil.
I walked through the streets of Malmö with the help of the wind that pushed me. Sitting in a cafe, I watched students riding their bicycles. I thought: “I want to be one of them.” And at that moment, I chose Sweden as the destination for my future studies.
Upon returning to Brazil, I readjusted my plans towards one goal: save every penny to afford part of my studies in Sweden (I am also an EU citizen). I did this for 3 years, and 2020 was dedicated to making the best applications to pass at a Swedish University.
In April 2021, I WAS ACCEPTED TO STUDY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MY DREAMS – Uppsala Univesity!
HOWEVER, it’s not all roses… even though I saved money in recent years, I would still need more to go to Sweden. So two alternatives came to my mind:
- Give up studying in the incredible strawberries land… or
- Find new ways to raise extra money.
As I tend not to choose the easiest option, I opted for the second alternative (spoiler: it worked!) and found three ways to alleviate my initial expenses!
With these 3 ideas, in addition to my full-time job, I managed to raise more than my goal, so moving to Sweden was smooth, and I could calmly afford the initial costs. When your goal seems far from being achieved, remember how hard you fought for it and how many people are willing to help you.