1. About how old were you when you realized your first concept of beauty? What was it and how did it impact your life?
I think I was really young, maybe 8 or 9, and I honestly the only reason I knew about beauty was because my mom always told me that I was beautiful haha. Also, I remember always looking at my mom and thinking she was beautiful, but not knowing the word to describe it. It didn’t affect me much.
2. When you think about yourself as a child versus now, how has your self-reflection changed?
I don’t think a lot has changed. Sometimes I still feel like a skinny awkward kid.
3. What career are you pursuing and what has put you on your path?
I don’t really know, I am teaching right now but I know that it is not what I want to be doing for much longer. I will go into law and see where life takes me.
4. What obstacles have you faced and overcome? What struggles are you still battling?
It’s really hard to be the first college grad in the family, as there was no one there to guide me along the way. I still feel like I’m a blind person feeling their way through adulthood.
5. What has led you to Morocco not once, but twice and what has enticed you stay longer than initially planned?
The first time I came to study, and it was almost random. I was studying both of the official languages here and I wanted to go to a place to learn and practice. I came back because I love the language, the people, and the way of life. I came for self improvement and I am staying for the same reason. I’m just not done yet.
6. What have been some of the hardest things to adapt to?
The constant sexual harassment, of course, is number one. The other is the way that people relate to one another. As an outsider, people treat you differently, and they treat each other differently in front of you, especially at first.
7. What is the coolest experience in Morocco and the scariest?
The coolest experience in Morocco has been meeting all of the people and getting really involved in the salsa scene. It’s also been the scariest experience.
8. Has your move changed your perspective of the world at all? In what ways?
Of course it has, I feel like I understand a lot of global issues better than before I left the US. I also feel like I have grown a thicker skin, because people out here are not as friendly as Americans, and it was quite a shock at first. It takes a long time for people to open up.
9. What are some of your hobbies and how important is that you make time to enjoy them?
I love dancing salsa, and it is so important that I do it at least once a week, if not several times a week. I also read a lot, I have some books that I want to finish before 2017. And above all I love writing, and I try to do that several times a week, if not every day.
10. What do you think is the most important emotion and the least important?
The most important emotion…um……they are all equally important, you can’t have good times without bad times, happiness without sadness…
11. What in your opinion, is the silliest thing to worry about, why do you think so?
It’s silly to worry about what people think of you, because they aren’t thinking of you, usually!
12. What in your opinion is a woman’s “worth”? And what does it mean to you to be a woman?
Ughhh…I don’t really have an answer for this lol. It’s way too broad.
13. As a woman, what is your most important value?
Trying to be a good person, not necessarily a beautiful person or a popular person.
14. As a human being, what do you feel should be the most important value
to all of us?
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