The Importance Of Currency Exchange In Cuba

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When I left Venezuela I was 16 years old. I still remember my parent’s shocked faces when I came home with a pile of brochures for study abroad programs. My parents were hesitant but supportive. However, many of my friends and family thought I was making a mistake leaving so young to a new country where I did not know anyone. I remember wondering at night for months whether I was making the “right” decision. Back then, I wanted a clear answer, but I’ve learned that in many cases we cannot have a clear set of instructions on how to make every decision. That is why being able to adapt is so important. I saw some fellow foreign students having a difficult time because they were not truly prepared to adapt to a new country and a new culture. Like …show more content…
Since then, governmental approval is required in order to exchange Venezuelan currency into any other. There are 3 reasons for which the government would allow currency exchange: tourism, medical treatment or education. Each category with its own set of requirements, paperwork and, of course, yearly amount limit. After my first year of University the government decided to implement a new rule for the educational category; only students in careers that were deemed a priority would be able to apply for currency exchange. A list was published and my program was not on it. From one day to the next my parents were no longer able to exchange the money that they earned in Venezuela into Canadian Dollars in order to pay my tuition. Furthermore, the maximum amount to be exchanged for tourism decreased to USD 1500 per person/per year. With plane tickets starting at such price my parent’s ability to visit me in Canada became restricted. This was a very critical situation, but I knew I would not let the situation that the government had put me in define my future. I knew that I could not let my parent’s hard work give me a better future to be in vain. It was not easy and many changes needed to take place: getting a job during the school year, moving into an apartment with more roommates to decrease living costs and, of course, being very conscious of every dollar I spent. It was hard and stressful being put in this …show more content…
We are not taught to be ambitious and strong, but rather to be beautiful. I am lucky to have a mother who taught me differently. She was the first person in her family to go to university; she taught me to be independent and ambitious and because of that I was able to leave my country and everything I knew behind when I was only 16 years old. I am passionate about medicine, but my second passion is baking. During the past 6 months, I have been working to bring to life my online bakery. This side project took more effort than expected and I needed to learn several things. However, I was able to take advantage McGill resources, as well as, mass open online courses to become more knowledgeable in business management. It was a great to be able to work with different people who contributed to my small business. It is only the beginning, but in so little time I have already learned so much. I want to take advantage of every single opportunity that I have because I have the chance to do so. Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in the world and I have the privilege to be in one of the safest countries. Being born in a country in crisis put many obstacles in my way that were out of my control. This is why I will strive for my patients’ empowerment, so they can take control of their health care. I have more than 1000 hours of patient care and all my supervisors always note my ability to develop a good rapport with my

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