Introducing Aydin, 22, a recent graduate from Duke University with a major in International Comparative Studies. After graduation she started working for the Save Uighur campaign based in Chicago, and is now preparing for law school!
1. What are you passionate about?
As of now, my passions revolve around things that bring about a greater sense of good and calm in a community. Not just justice/activism related stuff, but also the need to care for each other and yourself-- on a deeper, personal level. I'm also developing a greater passion for baking!
2. What inspires you the most?
People who genuinely care for others, aren't self-obsessed, aren't transactional with their actions and expect something in return, and are always striving to better themselves.
3. How have you spent the last year?
I finished off my last semester at Duke, organized a fundraiser of over $100,000 for Uyghur orphans and widows, started a new job in a new city, and traveled to different cities to raise awareness on the East Turkestan issue. It was all pretty overwhelming, but alhamdulillah for these opportunities.
4. What is the most important lesson you have learned recently?
That it is okay to take breaks from your day-to-day activities, especially if they are activism related. In fact, it is necessary. Self-care isn't necessarily Netflix and ice cream, but it is also ensuring that your environment and what you are exposed to is limited and healthy.
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