My name is Gabriela (Gabby/Gabi), I am 26 years old, born and raised in Brazil. I’ve lived in the United States and in Canada, and I’m a Psychology graduate.
When I’m not studying or trying to find myself a job in which I’m actually interested, I’m most likely reading, watching movies/shows or browsing Twitter. Having lived in 5 cities through my life, I’ve always appreciated social networks and how they let me stay in touch with people I would probably have never talked to again after moving. They’ve allowed me to keep track of their interests, their opinions and their achievements. I don’t share a lot myself, but I enjoy having those things shared with me.
I’ve always used the internet a lot for entertainment, as well as studying. Through my Psychology course in University, I wrote about 5 scientific articles – 1 of which I wrote on my own, about a topic of my choice, and found it to be very enjoyable. Since then, I am constantly thinking of topics I would enjoy researching about.
I am very interested in people, and I guess this explains my decision to study Psychology. I love reading memoirs and biographies, and I can’t think of any that I’ve read and did not like. I’m always curious about people’s mistakes, what they think, why they made certain decisions, what they regret and how they cope with difficult situations. I’m interested in celebrity culture, why and how people praise who they do and the consequences of that.
I grew up being a fan of artists like Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Belinda, Hilary Duff, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Emma Watson, River Phoenix, Natalie Wood, Dakota and Elle Fanning, Saoirse Ronan and many more.
I love buying books, CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays. I’ve never had enough space for them, but that was usually how I spent my allowance as a child/teenager. Even though I have, for the most part, surrendered to streaming services, I still can’t avoid spending hours on end inside book stores. I get very excited about physical copies of books, even though I have to deal with the annoyance of having to choose only one to carry around at a time. There’s something comforting about physical copies of these things, and I’m sure it has something to do with the nostalgia of when they were the only options. My computer doesn’t even have a CD reader anymore… which I only noticed weeks after I bought it.
I have a hard time focusing on things. I can’t sit through a 2 hour movie, it takes me days to finish it. I don’t usually read one book at a time – Goodreads is my witness that there are usually 2 or 3 books on my current list. It is nearly impossible for me to focus on an entire class, my mind will likely wander. Because of this, I’ve largely resorted to studying everything on my own afterwards. I do so by summarizing chapters/books on my computer, then writing everything by hand on a notebook. I feel handwriting helps me comprehend texts more thoroughly, because it takes me longer, and it doesn’t bore me as much as typing something for an extended period of time.
I study abroad whenever I get the chance – so far, it’s happened during high school and during a post-graduation course. It is important to me that I get to experience as many cultures as I can, and that I spend time with people from all over the world. This is partly why I’ve always studied different languages. At this point, I speak Portuguese (my first language), English and Spanish. I took one year of Italian classes, and I fully intend to continue when I have the opportunity. French and Korean will likely be the next languages on my list.
As of now, I intend to develop a career in Human Resources. I realize this seems like an odd choice to some people, as HR is mostly depicted in movies and shows as a redundant department that wastes money and is filled with incompetent employees. This entertains me immensely, but the idea behind what Human Resources is actually supposed to be is appealing to me. I wanna be able to help people develop their careers within their organizations, and use my knowledge to optimize their experience at work. I know too many people that hate their jobs, and I’d love it if there was a way to solve that issue. People spend such a large portion of their lives at work, I hate to think that’s a time they consider wasted, or that it only serves the purpose of making money. Although, yes, money is lovely and I want it.
I wanna strive to be the best person I can be. I wanna look back at my mistakes and feel that I learned from them, and that I’ve grown. I wanna encourage people to have hobbies that are useless to their careers, and perhaps their lives in general, but that make them happy. I wanna have friends all over the world that I can visit, that I can offer advice to and receive advice from. I wanna be able to enjoy the things I love freely without being looked down upon because they can be perceived as childish, or common, or stupid, and I hope I can encourage people to do the same.