Thoughts and fragments of life...
My name is Ileana Marin, I am almost 17, and I am an 11th grade student at "Virgil Madgearu" Economic and Administrative Sciences High School No. 2, Iaşi. I live in the village of Slobozia, Voinești township, Iași county.
My family is small in size, because a long time ago, when I was 7, my parents broke up. Back then my mum decided for us to move together with my grandmother, and, due to the lack of money, she was bound to leave to work abroad.
Currently, me, my 15-year-old brother and my 10-year-old sister are living together with my grandmother. In Slobozia, where I live, people struggle financially, some don't even have what food to put on the table for their children. The majority are Roma and earn their living by selling all the kinds of products depending on the season: scrap iron, fowls, fruits, etc.
I would firstly like to thank the SOMERSET team for offerring me the chance to go to a better school and build a better future through the "School for you" project. I also want to say that since I have been part of this project a lot of things have changed in my life. The change started with me personally; I am no longer the girl who, when faced with a difficulty gives up immediately. I have now learnt to strive to make everything as best as I can.
I used to be more reserved before, I didn't like to share my joys or my sorrows with anyone and I didn't have a lot of friends. Thanks to this project, I met more mature people that are maybe my closest friends, who, when I am a little dissapointed with myself, always raise my spirits and make me understand that I am an important person in this world and that I matter very much to those around me.
At school, in my first year of high school, I had some learning problems. Due to the huge differences between rural and urban education, I didn't really know how to learn and wasn't used to learning. This way, I ended up flunking a subject. I was very discouraged and dissapointed with myself, I thought of giving everything up.
The people who stood by me were my family and the project people. They encouraged me saying that in life we all experience failures as well, but they are part of the natural way to success if we know how to approach them and learn from them.
The tutors in this project have sometimes been more than simple teachers to me. I remember the summer break a year ago when my English teacher, even though on leave, knowing I needed extra English preparation, came to give me private lessons. I very much appreciated her patience with me and the fact that she explained what I didn't understand as many times as needed in order for me to catch on.
I am grateful to this project for sustaining me in every way, for changing me personally and my entire life. Now I see a mighty future in front of my eyes, not the scenario of an average, simple, country girl. On the contrary, I see myself living in a big house in the city, having a good job.
I would like to be a lawyer, but I have some doubts sometimes that I might not succeed or that maybe getting to be a lawyer I would do injustice. Maybe for these reasons I'm also considering working as a travel agent, especially because this would be a way to see this beautiful world we are living in. In any of the two cases, I am determined to do anything I can to make my dreams come true.
Thank you for helping me finishing my studies. This thing would otherwise have been very difficult for me and my family.
Ileana, Somerset Charity, Iasi