When I recall back and think of my life one year before today, I can truly say, that I would never have imagined them going out that way.
And there can't be a better way to mean that.
My name is Yonatan, first year student to the course of extended physics in the Hebrew University, and for almost four happy months - a shulich scholarship participant.
They say that life is not about being alive and breathing, but about those moments that takes your breath away. It was one of those moments when I got the phone call from the scholarship's management, saying I've been accepted to this magnificant program. One out of hundreds. Life changing.
It was a dusky afternoon in jerusalem when I was on my way back from the pre-semester math course I was attending. Summer had ended, and I was still paying on my visit to the far east, coulple of days before, in a way of a gastric desease that only Nepalian food would give you.
A new born student, The third day of my first year, trying badly to keep up with the crazy tempo of this academic course, without paying to much attention to the abdominal pains due to the Nepalain “gift”, and the torsal pains, due to the breakup from my new ex-girlfriend.
Damn, could things get more roughy right now?
Through all of my life, I trained myself to be independent, and handle bad news or rough times, with a smile. The mantra was 'there are no catastrophies, everything happens for reason, and the road is being paved beneath your steps'. I am the elder of three children to my one-parent family, and as a teenage I had to get a job aside with school, helping my mom with the bills and payments. also In the army, as a paramedic to the Golany brigade infantries, I managed to keep this attitude quite steady.
But now? Standing here, with a bad stomach, tones of homework, and no girlfriend to cry to, it would have been nice if could go to this small grocery next to me and buy a bottle of fresh water. But oh, yea, I forgot – I have no money. gave my mom everything that was left, and no time to work either. Well, I guess ill just sit here for a moment.
Dusky skies. Pre-autumn Afternoon. A phone call. Life changing.
From that moment on, I have this amazing feeling, like all the small dots connects together, to this beautiful line of meaning. I was never so happy with my life as I am today. I am a student to the course of physics. It was a far away dream for me. My musical project (“the springs”) is getting published. My job as a teacher is going axactly as I would like it to go. And I am a shulich leader. Me? How did it happen..?
University has it's magical way of giving you the ambition to always try better and higher. I've never learned like this in my entire life. 120% total. Everyday, everyway, its always Math and Physics in my head now. The classes are amazing. The material is exotic and unknown for me. Every lecture is different and new.
It's not easy now. You have to keep up with the paste. No time to burn. But it pures my mind and soul. I wake up every morning with an amazing volition to do what I need to do – learn more, get better, endure the burden, obtain excellence.
My partners are true gold. Only yesterday we had the first exam of the semaster, an extremly tough one, and after it was over, we went out – 70-80 students – together, relaxing and loughing and deciding on how we're gonna attend the second term all together, if there'll be a need, helping eachother and pushing forward as a team.
But above all, everything looks totally difrrent with shulich. I've never in my life had someone believing in me and giving me hand, in such an outstading generosity.
I wake up every morning, eager to success. I know I can do it. I can be this guy from my dreams, that would accomplish everything he was dreaming on when he was a child, become a science initiator, and maybe, one day, help to make this world a little bit better, changing someone's life for good, just like this scholarship did to me.