Young man did not know about the existence of free colleges. It was only at the end of high school, all done at public school, that she found out about the chance to study tuition-free, which “planted” the idea in her head.
Former student spoke at Luana’s school and spoke about USP. The boy talked about his job and the countless countries he had visited after graduating from USP. And he happened to have a degree in statistics.
“I thought he was going to say that he studied medicine, engineering, these more common courses, but he said that he studied statistics. I took it as a sign and decided that I would take the entrance exam.”
The teachers paid for Luana’s registration for the entrance exam, as the deadline to request exemption from registration had already passed. Without confidence that she could pass USP, she decided to only attend Unicamp.
The young woman was approved, but faced delays in receiving aid from the university. She even had difficulties in being able to visit her family, around 150 km from where she studied.
A friend saw that I was in need and provided a room. In the student housing there were four girls per house, and she got a place. My food allowance hadn’t come out either and she got one for me so she could get it in the meantime.