Growing up, I had many friends from around the world – in more than one social circle, onlookers would call us “the UN.”
From attending the annual Sizdeh Be-dar celebrations at the local park with my Iranian friends to joining Shabbat dinners and eating Brazilian Pão de Queijo, I’ve always been open to experiencing ways of life different than my own.
As I got older, this openness led to intrigue. The first time I lived abroad was for a life-changing semester in Spain. I liked the way Barcelona brought me out of my comfort zone.
From having daily café con leches with locals to taking cooking and salsa classes as the only English speaker, I soon became much more independent, enlightened by my discoveries across cultures, and had a thirst for more.
Upon return to the United States, I finished my undergrad in Cultural Anthropology and International Relations before moving to downtown D.C. for a Masters in International Communications. I specifically studied intercultural training, a field focused on coaching people how to understand cross-cultural experiences and collaborate in diverse groups.
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