From down under

Mario Alfaro

I can still remember when I was in high school, and I was wondering what my path in college would be. The people around me always told me that you should be a lawyer because I knew how to defend my point of view, and I was passionate about fighting for my ideals. When I started college, I began to perceive that most of my classmates were on similar paths, some of them just thinking about the economic status that this career could give them. I had a break at the university where I got involved if I really wanted to be a lawyer.
I decided to finish university, to continue on this path, and at the same time, I focused on doing social activities to help improve the situation of people.

I quit my job in a bank to go to Australia to have parenthesis in my life, but it turned out that it was there that I found something that really fascinated me. I was immersed in an aboriginal community in which one can give an account of the real problem of indigenous peoples. On the one hand it is possible to see how the colony processes only brought inequalities and abuses to the original peoples, and on the other hand, it is possible to see that nowadays the situation has changed little.

Nowadays, it is possible to continue seeing the same inequalities that were raised 100, or 200 years ago. The process of achieving a much more just society is far from becoming.

My experience in the private world, made me realize that this is not my way and that what I really love is helping people at a disadvantage in society. People whose rights have been violated and do not have a voice to be heard.

I decided to start my master’s degree at the University of Tartu because I need to deepen my knowledge of human rights, interacting with people of different nationalities, and know their vision on crucial issues.

I am determined to challenge the current reality, improve the quality of life of the people of our society, and make a real impact in our world.

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