Uncertain Future, Critical Thinking and an Endless Journey to Curiosity – A student’s perspective

My CEFR-B1 student Julia wrote this incredible entry!  Júlia is a 14-year-old Brazilian girl who loves books, movies, History, math, writing, art, and philosophy. She is also very interested in music and poetry. I’ve been trying to make her get more interested in astrophysics! She told me she liked it and I recommended Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos series, Carl Sagan and, of course, Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. 


My name is Júlia Mota, André’s student at CCBEU, and I’m going to talk about the future.
My teacher always shows us TED speeches, texts and different videos talking about people who changed their lifestyle, had an amazing idea, innovated or invented something. It’s made me think a lot about what am I going to do with my life, what I will be in the future. I’m always asking myself those questions, and that’s a normal thing for a teenager, because we have an existential crisis almost every day, though. I was being haunted by them all the time, and no one was collaborating, because in life you hear lots of people rushing you about those decisions that you have to make (detail: probably the most important decisions too) exceptionally when you’re going to high school. After thinking a lot, I made some conclusions.


As Kierkegaard, an existentialist philosopher once said:

“Life is a leap in the dark”

You never know what’s expecting you, but you have to jump on it. When we’re making important decisions in our lives, we have to take our time. The formula of success is patience, hard work, and faith. Patience because as my mother always told me: haste is the enemy of perfection. Hard work because you have to fight for your dreams, and never give up. And finally, faith. You have to believe in yourself because if you don’t, who will?

How many people said that they want to change the world? Lots. And how many people actually fought and changed it? Not many. It’s up to you to decide which one of them you’re going to be. I made my decision: I’m going to change the world. I don’t know how, I don’t know when, I can’t see the future. But I’m sure that I will! What about you?

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

Albert Einstein

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André Hedlund

André Hedlund is a Chevening Scholar from Brazil, MSc in Psychology of Education from the University of Bristol in the UK, and a pedagogical consultant for National Geographic Learning. He has been an EFL teacher for over 15 years and has worked both as an academic coordinator and a CamLa (Cambridge and Michigan Language Assessments) examiner at a Brazilian Binational Center. Currently, he is the president of an ONG called Partners of the Americas Goiás and the representative of the Brazilian TESOL's Mind, Brain, and Education Special Interest Group in the Midwest.

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