I hope to see more of my country someday

 

Fun facts

1. If you had to eat one thing for every meal going forward, what would you eat?

Pizza! This is basically already the full extent of my diet, haha

 

2. Where do you most hope to visit?

As an American citizen, I hope to see more of my country someday. I’ve never been to the west coast so that’s definitely on my bucket-list.

 

3. What’s your dream job?

My dream job would be the one which allows me to combine my technical background with my creativity and interest in business. Data-driven strategy consulting comes to mind.

 

4. What is your most-used emoji?

The winking face, most of my conversations should not be taken seriously 😉

 

5. If you were a fairy and could give one talent to a child, what would it be?

The ability to freeze time. Just think of all the things you could use it for…!

 

 

Questions

1. Could you tell us a bit about your background and what you are working on at Refugees Forward?

I’m a 21 years old student from Amsterdam. Since my mother is American, I was raised bilingually. Currently, I’m in my third year of undergraduate studies, studying both Mechanical Engineering and Economics & Business. At Refugees Forward, I am working with Mohammad and Abdullah in their quest to start exporting Dutch agricultural products to the Middle East and Africa.

 

2. What motivates you in life?

The people around me. Nothing is more important to me than my family and friends. Growing up, I’ve had all the opportunities available and I hope someday to be able to give the same gifts to the people I care about the most.

 

3. What did you learn from the people involved in this program?

I learned the most from those running the program, namely that a lot is possible if you put your mind to it. I think what Refugees Forward has done as an organization is very impressive and inspiring.

 

4. Do you have any key figures in life that inspired or deeply influenced you?

Definitely my grandmother. She was an artist and kept painting until the end. She showed me that no matter how talented you are, discipline and dedication will get you furthest in life.

 

5. Why did you join RF?

I joined Refugees Forward because I wanted some real life experience outside of university. And at RF, I can use what I’ve learnt to help others while also doing work that interests me.

 

6. If you picture your perfect future in 5 years from now, what does it look like? 

I’m 26 now. I have a job at a top finance or consulting firm, after having completed my Master’s degree in the US or UK. Despite working 60+ hours a week I’m still in touch with most of my friends from university. The Dutch national team has managed to reach the group stage of the world cup. I’ve finally learnt to play an instrument. Cars are self-driving and taxes are lowww. 😉