Andrea: The first one is definitely when I decided that I was no longer going to study engineering, because that was something that I worked towards for years, because I was very determined to be one of the women in Science and encourage other girls to pursue the same path. When I discovered it wasn’t for me because it was not making me any happier, it was definitely a breaking point because I was already half way through, and I didn’t have any idea of what I was going to do, what I liked, how I was going to make money, etc. So it was definitely a big point because there was family disappointment, and suddenly, I was two years behind from my friends from high school. So at this point, I really needed to do an introspection of what did I really wanted; and this lead me to the University I graduated from, and of course, my interest in the Middle East and Middle Asia, topics that I would have never considered if I hadn’t change that much.
And another important point is when I met my current boyfriend, because it made me realized that it was ok ok to open up to people in a serious way. Like I didn’t need to leave everything behind, and move from one place to another constantly, starting somewhere new all over again, because that meant that I could build my life with this other person, and even though it was going to be a whole different kind of experience, it was also going to be a very important one. This also meant that I could do things with someone else, without losing who I was as a person, and it slowed me down a lot, because I was never living the moment, I was always thinking about what I was going to do next.