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WELCOME TO COLLEGE LIFE IN HAVANA, CUBA


My name is Daniel and I would like to welcome you to my blog!  I am a twenty-four-year-old college student studying at the University of Havana’s faculty of arts and letters, majoring in Philology, and I will be sharing my college experience with you, my hopefully fanatical and loyal readers.

In Cuba, getting accepted into the university is a matter of great pride and satisfaction, since the process is very arduous and few are accepted.  Even after being admitted, quite a few drop out after the first year.  The process of adapting to university life is different for everyone, but all students are influenced by their fellow students, our professors, the administration, and even our families.  All of this combines with each student’s desire and motivation to graduate, along with their personality, life style, culture, social and economic status, previous schooling, expectations, etc.

Entering the university is an important step in every student’s life, because it is the start of what could be a five-year period of challenges, such as learning to get along with dissimilar classmates, with very different educational experiences, and from varied backgrounds.  This is one of the reasons it becomes necessary to socialize and make new friends.  Something which is made easier in Havana because of all the parties and social gatherings.  In Cuba college and partying go hand in hand, like they probably do in most countries.  Music and dancing, and intense partying go right alongside long hours and days of rigorous studying!  We must perform in the classroom, and relieve our stressful student life.

Since my first year at the University of Havana I have struggled with the work load, and have dedicated countless hours to my degree.  This has led to estrangement from old high school friends, and even to my family.  Although in Cuba this familial separation is only minor, since most young people continue to live with and depend on their parents long after graduation.  These years represent the transformation from youth to adolescence, the discovery of new ways to handle life’s ever increasing amount of difficulties, to manage interpersonal relationships, all on the way to graduation and a new reality.

The years spent at university are special, and the important thing is to enjoy them and take it all in!

Thank you for reading, and please come back!

By Daniel Rodriguez


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