1) Where and what did you study and when did you graduate?
University of Manchester, Linguistics and French, 2004-2008.
2) Where do you live now?
Saint Pierre, La Réunion (a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean)
3) Tell us about your job...
Short answer: I opened and run a language school. Real answer: I created a physical space, called K'Osez (which means Dare to Speak), where people come to learn and practise languages. It's a language centre, a cultural centre, a resource centre. It's a crossroads where people from all walks of life meet, exchange, and dare to express what they truly are. Most importantly, it's an expression of who I am and the change I want to see in the world.
4) What did you want to be when you were younger?
NOT a teacher. Architect.
5) What did you do immediately after leaving university?
Came to live in Reunion with the British Council to be an English language teaching assistant.
6) How did you feel about your future when you graduated?
I had no idea what was in store for me - the plan was to teach English as a foreign language while I figured it out. Then I fell in love with what I was doing...
7) If you could go back, what would you say to yourself on graduation day?
Trust that life is perfect, that you are where you are supposed to be, and enjoy each step of the way.
8) Would you have done anything different?
9) What inspires you?
People expressing who they truly are - that alignment between someone's thoughts, feelings and actions.
10) What would you like to say to our graduates looking for inspiration?
Look at yourself, within yourself, realise that you are perfect and aspire not to change, but to express that perfection. And if that's not inspiring enough, surround yourself with people who help you see that perfection within yourself.
11) Your three favourite words
Love. Mindfulness. Bienveillance.