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How are you doing? Of University of the People and Statistics


How are you doing?

With the complicity of global warming, the last Italian Summer turned out to be the hottest of the three on record in more than a decade; indeed, my imminent exam for the “Statistics course” raised my perception of temperatures. That is to say: “statistics are statistics” and this time, studying in a language other than my mother tongue caused me visions, something similar toseek out an oasis in the desert”. I speculate such “emotional” approach sprang after the intense routine I lived during the last five years, which is comparable to an enduring Marathon, where the city assumed the form of my home, runners became

other students all over the world, I wore out a keyboard instead of jogging shoes and the conclusive mile turned into Statistics. That sprint signified something specific to me: it symbolized a special revenge in front of life; particularly about women‘s rights, which also include getting a College Education.

At that point, for the similar purpose, I was not that shocked when the doctor visited me and suggested to undergo a surgery within a brief time; additionally, the operation date was right after the exam. As a consequence, I approved the loop: colic-exam-surgery and even if I could not symbolically run”, I’m sure the sensation was comparable to that of the marathoner passing under the finish line.

Why do I put all my energies into my education? Plenty of people ask the same question, as long as I’m devoting my life into a free on-line College: University of the People. Probably, there is a simple answer, so that it represents an individual evaluation, persons spend their leisure time on Social Media, I study Business Administration.

In a like manner, to carry out the activities I love granted me a certain level of serenity, so that when I came out from the operating room, awakening after anesthesia, I suspiciously gazed nurses and doctors who were asking: “how are you doing?”. Since I was suffering, I replied: “it is painful!”, but they didn’t understand my feedback and asked again: “h-o-w a-r-e y-o-u d-o-i-n-g, Mirna?”. I echoed my answer. So, what was the problem there? I was speaking in English to an Italian medical staff; you may realize their concern and their final question: “Is she English or Italian?”. Believe me or not, as soon as I recovered I started laughing, for the reason that I perfectly remembered the previous situation; in addition, I confess I was proud of me, considering it was the proof I learned another language along my beloved on-line studies.

Finally, mine is another, usual and repeated history made up of persistence as well as hope; at once, I have the right to reveal how I feel, after University of the People presented me the opportunity to find peace with myself. In other words, I accomplished my dream: learning; what is more, I confirmed the theory commending that “listening to our natural talents makes us feel fulfilled”.


Background music: “Please, please, please, let me get what I want”, by the Smiths, now on Virign Radio (yes, Karma!). Please, check the lyrics of this song:

Good times for a change
See, the luck I’ve had
Can make a good man
Turn bad

So please please please
Let me, let me, let me
Let me get what I want
This time

Haven’t had a dream in a long time
See, the life I’ve had
Can make a good man bad

So for once in my life
Let me get what I want
Lord knows, it would be the first time
Lord knows, it would be the first time

Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

Image courtesy of Marco Miccoli, Ravenna, city walls  ( Marco Miccoli official website here).

2 thoughts on “How are you doing? Of University of the People and Statistics

  1. Well written and very inspiring! I hope you are recovering well from your surgery, and that it wasn’t too serious. So is your journey at UoPeople finished? If so, wow! Congratulations!


    • Hi Dan, now I’m fine, thanks. Actually I’m attending “Business policy and strategy”, the last course before my Bachelor. Stats represented a challenge, because of my disease, the hot weather and its intrinsec complexity. Thank you for your positive comment.

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