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Love Letter

Dear Mentor,

Before starting saying anything about my life, I would like to highlight how happy I am for this opportunity. I believe taking part in this program will help me improve my writing skills and thus my ability to act as a voice for those who didn't have the same opportunities as I did.

I consider myself a lucky person. I have a beautiful family that has always provided me with all the love and care I needed and I am always surrounded by wonderful friends who inspire me to be a better person. I also constantly strive to make the most of the opportunities life presents to me.

I am a Brazilian 19 year-old Law student. The reason I chose Law as a major was realizing that Law is a hugely powerful tool to make a difference in people's lives as well as to promote justice. I don't think, however, that a juridical approach is enough to solve the problems we face and that is why I keep trying to open up my horizons. Currently, I am in an exchange program in Canada, studying Political Science, Sociology and Criminology. Studying languages, reading, traveling and volunteering are some of my strongest passions.

I am really looking forward to working with you. I hope I will learn the most from what you have to teach and that we will have a great time sharing our experiences. I am sure it will be a very rich and fruitful partnership.

Sincerely yours,



Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture

Your Love Letter

Dear Thais,

I, too, am happy to have this opportunity! I look forward to getting to know you and to being your mentor as you continue to broaden your horizons. You have already taken the first steps to being heard, and for that I applaud you!

Everything truly good and worthwhile that has ever happened began with one voice, before it became many.
I believe you will be one voice which inspires others to find, grant and fulfill opportunities which they otherwise might not have.

More very soon,

With Comfort and Joy,

Sarah, your mentor, in New York

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby

Thais Moraes's picture

Thank you!

It is great to hear such words of encouragement from a person that has achieved as much as you.
I am looking forward to talking more to you soon!

Warm greetings,

Thaís Moraes

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture


You, too, Dear Thais, have achieved a great deal, and may not yet realize it fully. I saw on your blog -- or journal? -- that you feel you can't possibly accomplish what you need to in your lifetime, and I want to tell you that you will accomplish everything you need to, and then rest assured that you're not alone in your efforts. There are lots of others who share our passions to make the world a better place, but we often feel as if the entire responsibility lies solely on OUR shoulders. I think part of being committed is feeling a weighty sense of responsibility . . .

So, fear not. You will make a significant, positive difference!

Comfort and Joy to you,

- Sarah

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby

JaniceW's picture


I have enjoyed reading your blog and already see such a strong voice in speaking up about the issues that face the people of Brasil, not just women. I hope that Rousseff's election will become a turning point in the rights of the country's minorities whether they be women, the poor, indigenous groups or children, and that the State governments are held more accountable for their abuses.

But whatever her record ends up being, I see hope for Brasil in women such as yourself who courageously stand on the front lines to raise awareness of the issues and stimulate dialogue across man-made borders, barriers and distinctions.

All the best to you in the VOF programme.

Thais Moraes's picture


I am very glad that you liked it. I am trying to use the tools I can to promote change in Brazil. I also enjoyed reading your blog very much and I am happy that there still are selfless people like you in the world.


Thaís Moraes

vivian's picture

Hello Thais, It glad to know

Hello Thais,

It glad to know that you are studying Law for a purpose and just for studying sake. Looking forward to learn more from your post.


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