On today’s Q&A, we present to you, Luwam Dejen. She is a young Eritrean female, who at such a young age seems to fully understand the value of education to change one’s life, while giving attention to her passion for Art as well. She believes that positive social change can be introduced through art.
We would like to share an interview she had with Issayas Tesfamariam back in June 2017, from Kemey.net.
- -Would you please tell us about yourself?
I grew up in the DC metropolitan area. Because I grew up near the nation’s capital and my family experienced life as refugees, I have always been passionate about politics and the way Africans are portrayed in the media. Now, I’m a college senior at Stanford University graduating with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Film & Media Studies. I hope to one day direct a film and do something positive for the Eritrean community. Otherwise, I like to paint, write, read, and travel when I can.
- -Congratulations! Since you are graduating soon, what advice do you have for young high school age Eritreans?
What I like to do is find strength and character through my Eritrean identity. We have been through a lot but many of our ancestors have been through even more, and it gives me hope knowing we come from such principled and compassionate people. I try to be selfless, aspirational, and strong in the ways my culture has taught me.
Another piece of advice: if you have an inner voice guiding you to a particular path, don’t ignore it. You should listen to what your parents, family, or guardians advise because they have a lot of wisdom that is easy to ignore as a high school-age kid- but the best thing you can do now is carefully consider and value both your passions/purpose and your family’s advice.
- -Any short time and long term plans?
Short-term, I will be in NYC and Berlin after graduation working on ways art can be used to create positive social change. Long-term, I’m not sure! Graduate school may be in the future- perhaps a Masters in Media Studies or Master of Fine Arts to study film.