“My name is Rouguiatou and I come from Guinea. I arrived in Italy 2015 and in the last 3 years I’ve been living in Milan and Rome. Being alone, at the beginning I went through a very hard period and I made it through only when I started working. Thanks to the center that housed me, I started volunteering in a project to support unaccompanied foreign minors.
I left Guinea full of hope: at the time I was studying Medicine and I was determined to earn a degree; I was leaving for the unknown, but dropping my studies was not among my plans. So, while working here, I started looking for a way to enroll at university and do what I dreamed as a child. I worked six months in a hotel to save enough money for my education, but unfortunately I failed the medicine admission test – at the time my Italian was not that good. I was so discouraged, but still so determined to study, that I decided to try with another course. That’s why now I’m enrolled on the educational science’s course. Honestly I didn’t like it and I used to study just to keep myself occupied, but at a point I changed my mind. I am the type of person who like to be helpful and that’s why educational sciences finally caught my interest!
Slowly, my social life has changed, I started making good friends and I got engaged with an Italian boy. My boyfriend’s family welcomed me right away. It is so nice the feeling to be loved by all of them, they always make me feel home. Holidays, birthdays, Christmas time, we always celebrate together! I don’t plan to come back to Guinea soon, first I would like to finish university and find a job here. That doesn’t mean that I don’t miss my Country, my family, my friends and my things. I keep going on just because I have found my place here.”