Mariana Costa isn't like anyone you have ever met before. Her willingness to handle any challenge, no matter how difficult, is one of her most skilled strengths. Yet her story is what truly defines her as unique. Born in Belo Horizonte, Mariana arrived on Cape Cod from Brazil in July of 2001. Joining her mother for a predetermined amount of time in the U.S to develop her understanding of the English language, she was on a mission to absorb knowledge like a sponge absorbs water. As she personally describes her experience in the first few words of her book Leverage Your DREAM Business," from time to time you face those moments in your life that remind you of what essence you are really made of. This was one of them."
Unable to speak or interpret the English language upon arrival, it's no surprise Mariana handles any challenging situations today like a walk in the park. With only 2 years running on the clock, Mariana had very little time to waste. Her dream to conquer ahead was alive, and the opportunity to grow was limitless.
Time seemed to fly as Mariana explored her new territory with a wondrous heart and a curious mind. Focused to further develop her language skills, she had no warning whatsoever, as to what would happen next. The news to be revealed by her mother would introduce a new, unwanted plan. It was time to go back home earlier than they had planned. Mariana had arrived with a mission. Her only dream was to accomplish it; she had not quite succeeded just yet. Like a road with one turn before it dead ends, she had only one path to follow. Days before turning 18, Mariana stayed alone on Cape Cod. Living out of her car and with roughly $100 to her name, she could only see a DREAM ahead to capitalize as her very own.