“From a young age I knew I wanted to play football and study architecture”, Christian Fernandes (19) explained. He is a second year student at La Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura del Vallés and plays football for FC. Encamp, a first division team in the Andorra league.
Christian lives in one of our university residences, specifically in Unihabit Sant Cugat, and every weekend he leaves for Andorra, his place of birth, to play for his football team. “Although there are only a few teams in Andorra, the level is quite high. There, the matches take place on Sundays and we train on Saturdays. Thanks to this I can study during the week”, he remarked.
In answer to the question: How hard is it to play at this level while studying at the same time? Fernandes explained that it was a little tricky but, through work, effort and sacrifice, it is possible to obtain whatever one proposes. “At first many told me that I wouldn’t be able to play football and study architecture at the same time, since the degree is very demanding, but for the moment everything is going OK”, he said.
Christian has succeeded in unifying his two passions thanks to what he calls “the law of effort”. Furthermore, he encourages anyone who lives in the residence that has other passions besides their degree, not to abandon them. “Although it can appear hard to accomplish everything you want, if you solely dedicate yourself to your studies, you can get stressed. However, if you mix your passions with your studies they offer a great way to disconnect and recharge your batteries”.