My journey to Aston University began with a dream: doing a Masters in TESOL. To explain that dream I would have to go back in a time a bit.

My love of the English language dates back to my childhood, watching my father’s favourite movie with him – James Bond. Undoubtedly, Sean Connery was the best actor ever to play the British secret agent, but that is a discussion for another day! 

I found the English language fascinating; James Bond was so suave. His confident demeanour and the way he spoke was intoxicating for me. I wanted to speak like that, to be able to sound that good. At that point, I decided I was going to be a master in the English language and nothing would stop me. 

Fast forward to early this year. I had just graduated from my university in Brazil and started looking for master’s programmes at universities in the major English speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK. 

After a long and detailed search I came across a university with a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages course, or TESOL for short, that suited my needs and aspirations perfectly. That university was Aston! It’s high prestige and great graduate prospects assured me this was the right place for me. 

And so it began, my quest to go to where I felt I belonged. I started gathering all the necessary documents, having them translated from Portuguese to English, and then started my application process.

The day I received the news that I had been accepted was one of the happiest days of my life. My family and I were ecstatic. It was a dream come true, not only for myself, but also for my whole family. 

I then started looking for scholarships that would help me fund my studies. The Banco Santander scholarship stood out right away. I was thrilled when I received the email telling me I was the recipient of the scholarship. My dream of going to study at Aston and getting a Master’s degree was coming true.  I couldn’t believe it; I must have read that email probably a dozen times to make sure it was really happening. I felt incredibly blessed.

That’s my journey from Brazil to Aston (so far)! 

A piece of advice I would give international (or home/EU students) is to follow your dreams and work hard for them. Do not give up; the hardest tasks usually have the sweetest rewards.