My name is Ephrem Gamine. I was born in Addis Ababa which is the capital city of Ethiopia. When I was a child mostly I spent my time playing, particularly football. I really liked to play football, but really hated to see football matches. I spent a lot of time playing football or helping out my family, which meant I ended up neglecting to study or do homework. Friday was my holiday and Monday was the worst day of the week. If there was no school, I was the one smiling and I was the first to announce it to my friends. My main goal was to enjoy my time. I didn’t realize just how important time was, and how fast it passed by. However, I changed as I grew. When I was in 5th grade I completely forgot how to play, to watch movies and also to celebrate my holiday. I had developed a new interest; to develop myself and gather all the knowledge I possible could. It was not an easy process to change myself. I spend all my time to read instead of doing other things, because going to school had become my number one choice. My grade continuously changed. In that time, I became happy when I saw my change and my family happiness and appreciation. During that time many unexpected things happened, but one of the best things that happened in my life was to get scholarship to study UWC Maastricht. I as any boy couldn’t believe this happened. When I told my friends they did not believe me at first, but when I showed them my visa, they believed me. They did not believe that the boy who always had been playing football had gotten the opportunity to travel to the Netherlands. The time that I have had in UWC Maastricht has been amazing and magnificent. I am very happy to be one of the students of UWC Maastricht. Also, though I have had a great challenge in academics, I believe I have already passed the most challenging time here, so I am ready to take on the rest of my time here.
BY EPHREM GAMINE
The Flying Dutchman team consists of UWC students aiming to reflect the news relevant to the people engaged with the UWC movement.