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Approved at 8 U.S. universities, student dreams of founding college

 Willian Mallmann, 18, was born in Campo Erê, a city of about 9 thousand inhabitants in the interior of Santa Catarina. Defying the lack of options in his municipality, he has already been involved in a wide range of activities: he is a medalist in robotics and computer olympics and in table tennis, chess and high jump sports at school games; has participated in journalism and communication projects; and taught voluntary English and dance classes. “Do you know those children who are into everything that is a thing? So, I was like that and a little more ”, he jokes. “There was a time when I did so many extracurricular activities that my mother asked me to choose something,” she says.

Willian's exaggerated curiosity and interest in the most diverse areas of knowledge led him to go beyond the walls of the public school in which he studied and participate in the admission process to universities in the United States. And he passed eight institutions, including Arizona State University (ASU), where he plans to study journalism and education. Today, he is one of the 17 participants in the Crowdfunding Estudar Fora and seeks support to pay for the high tuition fees charged at the university .

Get to know a little about Willian in the following interview: 

You emphasize the fact that you have passed so many universities even though you live in a very small town in the interior of the country. Do you believe that, for those who are not in the big capitals, there is a lack of information and encouragement to study abroad?

When I talked about studying abroad, they laughed at me. I didn't know who to ask for guidance

The reality of students in small towns is completely different from those studying in São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, for example. When I talked about studying abroad, they laughed at me. It is very difficult for a public school to come out of what it, in a way, believes it is destined to be. The school where I studied only started to participate in knowledge olympics, in addition to mathematics, because I took the initiative to speak with my teachers. When I started thinking about graduating in the United States, I didn't know who to ask for guidance. I had the dream, but I had no idea how to get there. It was in 2012, participating in the selection of the Youth Ambassadors program, that I discovered the preparation programs of EducationUSA and Fundação Estudar. I decided to participate and I was selected in both. After that, my horizons widened.

Extracurricular activities play an important role in the application process and you have a history of participation in competitions ranging from dance to robotics. Do you think it helped you?

In July, I launch a project called LeadUS, which aims to bring opportunities to young people who do not imagine where they can get

Certainly. When my mother asked me to choose something between my extracurricular activities, I couldn't do it because one thing was different from the other. There was no way to give more or less importance to one or the other. Basically, I think that human and exact people cannot go ahead without each other. It may seem strange, but I never had a favorite subject at school, so I have always been involved in these different areas. Even the decision to study journalism came up in one of these extra activities: Instituto Parati launched the project “Repórter na Escola” and I and a colleague were selected to participate. I, who still didn't know anything about the area, went to several journalism workshops and found it incredible. A week later, the project director contacted me and I started attending the Institute to teach other young people about the subject.

You invite (in your photo, inclusive) other people to dream about you. But what are your dreams?

In July, I launch a project called LeadUS, which aims to bring opportunities to young people who do not imagine where they can go, just as I once did not. I would love for other people to have access to information and opportunities as cool as the ones I had. In the long run, I would love to work for a major broadcaster, such as CNN. But the biggest dream is one day to be able to create in Brazil a college completely different from the existing ones and that offers opportunities as legal as those from outside the country.

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