If you only have 30 seconds to tell us one of your most important stories in your life, what would it be and what makes you choose to tell us that story?
It has to be my first time leaving home. I was 18 and I was enrolled in a university almost 1,000 km away from my home. That was the first time I had to leave my home and live by myself. I remember my father standing on the platform waving at me. I remember how I felt on that specific night. I was so excited about starting a new journey of my life which I knew would be so different from what I had experienced; but I was so afraid, of the uncertain futures, of being away from home and family. On that night, I felt growing up.
What is your greatest fear in life?
Being alone. This is especially the case when I move to a new place or a new environment. I get anxious when I find out that there is no one that I could talk to or hang out with. I can’t live without my family and friends. That’s why I keep making new friends and maintaining ties with my family and old friends even though I am thousands of miles away. They share my happiness and accompany me through difficulties. I can’t imagine a life without them.
What does it mean for you to be a global citizen in this world? What makes you say that?
To me, being global means to think beyond national borders. In other words, to have a global outlook. We nowadays travel, physically and virtually, much more easily than our parents. In fact, many of us grow up today in a global environment, consuming global cultural products or travelling to a different country to study or work. This is becoming ordinary in many people’s life courses. To be a global citizen, therefore, is to nurture a sense of togetherness in our everyday engagement with the global, especially with different cultures, and to bear in mind our responsibilities for the others who live far away from us.