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“
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To choose the path of teaching took me some time, I must say. It started on my very first 1st of September, this is the day when the school year starts in Lithuania. I simply loved it. And I am not talking about the lessons and tests, but about all the kinds of people I got to interact with and about the learning process that was happening there, somehow in between lessons most of the time. Though I was in love with the school and Summer holidays always seemed too long of a break, I never thought I will become a teacher. It is now, when I reflect, I see lots of sense in my actions and choices that led me to choose this profession.
I like to find the beauty in what is around me, sometimes it only comes when I have my camera in hand, walking through city streets, noticing the glimmers of light shining through gaps between buildings or they way it gracefully dances along the clouds shortly before sunset.
Alumni · Aušrinė · DNS 2015 team (Graduated in 2018) DNS made me realize that to be a teacher is also to be an active citizen, politician, farmer, mechanic, economist etc... it is a hollistic profession. My name is Aušrinė, I am 28 years old Lithuanian, who has been...
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