Alejandro · DNS 2018
My life began on a small island called Ibiza. Since the beginning I have been passionate about nature, fantasy and adventure. For me Ibiza is a magical place full of magic and mysticism. However, at the age of six I migrated to the big city: Barcelona. I went there to continue my French studies and I have lived there until now.
I have done great conquests in my life: slain dragons and travelled to the unknown… but only in front of the screen of my computer. In the real world, I have struggled with life. The stress of the city, the education system, the pressure of the society and the family was too much for me. I didn’t find my place, neither I life, nor in the sense of what was going on. Despite that, I manage to go throw the years of school but my mind was most of the time elsewhere.
I remember it perfectly. At the age of sixteen, I read a book that changed my life forever: “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman. This book showed me that life is much more than making money, having a good car, a family and a house. It showed me a way of living, a way of being beyond materialist thought. So, then I began to walk this path, as best as I could.
Still, it was catastrophic, my spirit wanted to fly free but my mind was tied to “common success“. I tried three different universities: first engineering, then philosophy and lastly, architecture. I failed not because I didn’t like what I was doing (I consider myself a very curious person) but because my habits and way of life wasn’t compatible with university rhythm. Therefore, I realised that I had to work hard on my mental and emotional confidence.
As a result, this last year I have been evolving and learning much more than any other even though I wasn’t in a university. I studied NLP that is the study of the structure of the subjective human experience. In common words, being aware of most of the automatic processes that compose ourselves.
Today, I know I am ready to engage any adventure, and since I was little I loved to talk in public, share, learn and teach. So, then when I found out about DNS it was the light at the end of the tunnel. Adventure, travel, responsibility, languages, teamwork everything I could ask for. I don’t know if I’m going to work as a teacher for the rest of my life, but I know deep within myself that this is the right path.
Finally, I want to add some extra information. I have been a lucky boy, and I have been in more than 25 countries. Also, I know how to speak almost perfect French in consequence of my education. As you already know I love nature and I learned some basic wilderness survival skills. But most important of all is that I have a feeling of a deep connection with the whole universe:
“When you realise that in a world where there are no eyes, the sun would not be light, and in a world where there are no soft skins rocks would not be hard, nor in a world where there were no muscles they wouldn’t be heavy. Existence is the relationship and we are smack in the middle of it.“ ~Alan Watts
“Be Here Now“
More Humans of DNS
I hope DNS will teach me the essential pedagogical skills that I will need in order to become the effective activist that I want to become, who uses education as a tool of mobilisation.
I feel it’s a key point to keep questioning what has been considered a norm. I would like to immerse myself into what we assume about learning and teaching and search for alternatives.
I have decided to join DNS for many reasons – one being that after my many adventures I have come to realise how important education is and that it plays a key role in societal change.
Theresa Link graduated from DNS in 2012. She has worked as a social educator and teacher in Denmark and Germany. Music and performance art are some of her passions.
My passion for learning makes me invest quite some time in finding out new things, new ways and new processes and, of course, my passion for learning made me become a teacher.
“Education must empower us to lead our own life, develop social connections, lift people up and bring them together. It must minimize the chances of being manipulated or becoming actors in someone else’s play.”