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Kelly Munyuza from Rwanda

Three International Students Share Future Goals


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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n the past century the goals of teenagers have changed a lot. Just a hundred years ago, almost everything was decided for teens by their parents. Today teenagers are constantly  asked about their future goals and have an endless list of options, but all this opportunity can be overwhelming not just for students from the USA but especially for international students studying in America whose parents have sent them far away and invested in what they hope will be the best possible preparation for achieving their dreams.

This pressure to succeed can be a burden, but it is also a gift. Goals keep you focused on what’s important, and allow you to make the best use of your 24 hours each day. And perhaps most importantly, they give us control of our destiny. The process of goal setting includes learning how to develop a plan, how to measure your progress, how to stay positive and focused, how to overcome roadblocks and the importance of taking action. Motivation is the most important thing for setting own goals, but before motivation you should set your priority. What is important to you? Carpe Diem asked 3 TA international teens from totally different countries where they see themselves in five years and what they are doing to get there.

“It is important for me to study and to pursue my dream in being a dentist. Hopefully I’ll be in Dental school by then. To be a successful college golfer and to successfully achieve my dream of being a dentist is something I really want and I’m ready go for it. I have been playing golf all my life and the feeling of success in this sport means a lot to me. As for being a dentist I have always wanted to be a dentist, and hope to help people make their teeth better in the future. My motivation is that most of the people in my family are doctors and when I look at them they seem happy saving people’s lives, making other people happy because of their service and I want to be like them. I think I work hard from time to time. I mean I have to. I feel very grateful to have this experience studying abroad, I am able to broaden my horizons, meet new people and certainly start to learn to live an independent life. I love studying abroad, I feel more independent and confident about the decisions that I make in my life. Also I get to know a great group of people from all over the world,” said Hashila Rivai who is a senior from Indonesia.

“In five years, I’d like to be starting my graduate school at a top Ivy League University with a good school for whatever major I will choose. My goals include anything that promotes my country, my continent, my gender, and people who respect and encourage others to do better. My main goal is to educate myself socially as well as being book-smart. I feel like as a member of a community, it’s my obligation to teach those around me and kill ignorance. I’ve been too exposed to it in my life and I’d like to set better stage for any other person like me who planning to expand and have an education in America. I hope others will be faced with less ignorance than I had to be faced with. But I’ve forgiven myself for the things I have failed to do and instead motivate myself to truly learn from these failures. I feel fortunate to grow up in a time when a lot of my friends and I are able to study abroad because it has become a trend in Rwanda. I came here to get an education and found myself having an even bigger pressure to educate those around me.I was only 15 when I came and only knew the simple things. Living abroad forced me to grow up and realize life can unfortunately be complicated and complex and therefore my goals need to be high enough to lift others higher too. It’s worth it, but it can get hard. There will be ignorance, but don’t let your anger stop you from changing things. There will be homesickness, those days try to engage with your people and culture more. There will be hard times, but there will also be awesome friends, awesome accomplishments, awesome exploring,” said a senior Kelly Munyuza who is from Rwanda.

“In 5 years I hope to be studying in university. I’m not sure about my goals yet, but I know that I want to study something medical. I hope that I can achieve that. I want to study medicine because this is my dream since I was little. I was watching turkish serials about a hospital, where people help other people. My motivations are my family and friends. They always motivate and support me about everything what I want to do. To be honest, I’m not working hard all the time, but I know it’s just process, where sometimes you need to figure out what the next step is. I hope I can reach my dreams and goals. In my country, studying abroad is really important. Most students dream of this chance, and I feel lucky and special about my opportunity study in America. Since I’ve come here, my goals have changed a couple of times. I figured out that I can do many different things here, but now I have decided to focus on making real my first goal,” said a junior Ilayda Celik who is from Turkey.

According from, it is difficult for teenagers to set long-term goals because the future is unknown and many change their minds along the journey. However, a teenager can create a five- or 10-year plan that includes specific desires or expectations. Goals as a education and career, healthy lifestyle, personal finance or specific dreams. According to current studies, only 20% of the population sets goals, and as many as 92% of those goals are never achieved. That said, I’ve never met a highly successful person who doesn’t regularly set personal goals.

Life is filled with Dreams, Dreams which give our life meaning and inspire us to change. We dream about change and improvement, we set goals, seemingly impossible goals, goals which challenge us, and we dream about the future, when we will reach our goals, when our lives will change for the better. Without our dreams, Life and humanity would be hopelessly dull. 

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