Following a Dream
When I was 7-years-old, one of my teachers gave my classmates and I an assignment to share what we wanted to be when we grew up. I do not remember exactly why I chose the answer “I want to be happy,” but today I’ve discovered the power of this simple statement.
I grew up in a beautiful small town in the south of Costa Rica, a place full of peace, color, happiness, farmers and nature. At the end of the ‘90s, it was not easy for that town’s families to believe in education, and going to university was just a dream for some kids and teenagers. For many of these children, primary school was enough in their parents’ eyes. From a young age, I decided that I wanted to continue studying after my first six years of education. However, my parents were not convinced of the benefits of this decision. This did not deter me, and year after year, I kept insisting that I go to university. After three years of hearing a little girl claiming over and over about the power of education, my parents finally decided to give this opportunity to me – their second girl (there were five children at home). I took that chance, gave it my best, finished my secondary school, was admitted to the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (Technological Institute of Costa Rica), and moved alone to the city to live my university years.
In 2014, during my Bachelor’s degree graduation, I could see in my parents’ eyes how happy they felt because of the decision they had made to let me go to university. To know that all my siblings are attending university now, that the majority of the teenagers of my town are attending university, and that most of the families where I grew up now believe that education opens doors and minds, makes me feel really happy and thankful with life.
Exploring New Possibilities
One of the most amazing experiences that university gave me was the opportunity to be a part of the Tec Team, a group of 36 students from 14 different majors from across the Technological Institute of Costa Rica. In 2014, we attended the Solar Decathlon Europe, an international competition which challenges university teams from around the world to design and build functional houses powered by energy from the sun. The event took place in Versailles, France. We stayed in France for almost six weeks, sharing our ideas with people from more than 16 countries, learning about new and amazing cultures, and expanding our way of seeing the world. Since I came back, my life has been completely different. I now understand that while I will always love my roots, I am made to look for new challenges beyond what I had ever dreamed of, that there are so many experiences out there to pursue. And when I say “out,” I am not talking just about other countries. I’m talking about going outside of my comfort zone. I’ve discovered that challenges driven with passion and determination can give you a beautiful kind of happiness that is so worth it.
Embracing the World at VMware
Looking for new horizons, I discovered that VMware was an excellent company to start my next journey after university. I started working at VMware’s Costa Rica office in June 2015 as an Accounting Analyst, partnering with the AirWatch Renewals Research team that is located in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.A.) I am so excited about learning more about VMware, AirWatch products, and the customer renewals process.
VMware shines by itself on the outside, but being inside is much more amazing than I could have ever imagined. From day one, I have felt like I am a part of this huge family, and everybody in our family spreads the spirit and enthusiasm of our culture since our first hand shakes. This is not just a job, this is one of the best decisions that I have made for me. It makes me smile when I’m on my way to work every morning, challenges me to give my best to my work, and it is where I can give back to the community. VMware is the perfect place to embrace an epic life. In my opinion, if you can be happy in the place you spend most of your time, then you are sure to find a good balance of happiness in your life and that is priceless.
Although my road at VMware has just started, I know that there are many opportunities to discover, new goals to achieve, and a lot of amazing people to meet. Today I am happy, and that makes me proud because I know that I’m pursuing my professional life goal.
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