Roads, relevant roads we take in life – how much have you thought about this? How many important roads have you walked on in this life? Actual roads or spiritually and ideological roads? Taking and going on a road represents a decision. A decision that will affect your final destination or one of the final destinations. We want to reach things in life and achieve things at the same time. And some roads require more sacrifices than you thought.
This is the story of a student who comes from a village in Romania. From his small village, he walks 40 minutes to the next village, where he can take a bus to reach the nearest city. He makes another 40 minutes with the bus and then, he hurries to catch the bus that takes him to the city he studies, Cluj-Napoca. He lives in the dorms and this is just the beginning of his story.
His desire to learn and become someone is incredible and a true example of what education means and how important education is. He wakes up at 4 or 5 in the morning to catch up on his reading. He reads for the faculty he studies, but he also does personal reading about other topics he is interested in.
“I can concentrate better when there is silence, when there seems that I am the only one in the room, I light up my lamp and read to be prepared for the day that awaits me.”
He self-sustains himself because his parents can’t help him that much. For this reason, he worked during the summer to be able to buy books and other necessary things for school. He also does not waste money, he saves it for his education. He desires to have a lot of things in life but for now “I’m parsimonious with myself”. He believes that education will get him on the road to become successful and be a great person. And even though he took so many roads and made so many sacrifices, he still keeps a smile on his face.
He goes through it all with the hope that one day he will have what he desires so much.
“I want to have a good and well paid job, to be able to help my parents and my sister and to build a great future for me and my future family.”
He has an orange clock on which he sets the time 10 minutes in front, just to make sure that he arrives at the faculty on time.
“Through education you can do what you want. It’s hard because I don’t always understand everything, but I spend every free second reading. After school I go to the library and try to read some things there then I go home, eat and read more or go to sleep.”
He goes to sleep around 10 “I’m pretty exhausted after a long day at the faculty and projects and homework and I go to sleep at 10 and wake up at 5. Sometimes in the morning, I fall back asleep, I feel really guilty and I know I have to catch up, but I move on”. And for him, this is just another day on the road of education and hard work. A road that will bring him the results he wants so much and for which he fights for.