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Name: Maya Mauroof

High school: United World College Maastricht

Hometown: Maldives

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Possible major: economics and pre-law

Why Mount Holyoke: Mount Holyoke College is a place where exceptional young women are being taught by and learning from other noteworthy women on a daily basis. I believe any woman who finds herself among such a community, could do wonders in terms of intellectual and personal growth. I believe that it is the kind of place where I could thrive and maximize my potential.

How I spent the summer: The summer for me was mostly about spending quality time with my family. I am also volunteering at a health non-governmental organization dealing with issues such as mental health and sexual reproductive health in the Maldives.

In 10 years: My home, the Maldives, has always been vulnerable to climate change and is now in political turmoil. In 10 years, no matter where and what I end up doing, I want to be contributing towards making my country a better place.

Career aspirations: I am sure that I want to be a lawyer but I have not yet decided on which area of law to specialize in.

A noteworthy experience: In 2016, I moved to the Netherlands to study at United World College Maastricht at the tender age of 17. This was truly a transformational experience for me because not only was it the first time I was living away from my family, I was also living with students from over 100 nationalities. As stated in the UWC mission statement, being a part of the global educational movement taught me plenty about peace and sustainability. At the same time, I was also a struggling International Baccalaureate student. The one thing that kept me from worrying about academics and being homesick was travelling. I would plan extensively for trips with friends during our short breaks, always on a tight budget. So at the end of high school, along with having received my IB diploma, I have also travelled to many European countries and could probably write a book about student budget travel in Europe.

Proudest moment: For the Adventurous Journey section of International Award for Young People, The Netherlands, my team and I did hiking expeditions in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Since I lived my whole life in a small, low-lying island nation, hiking was something I had never done before. With all the obstacles, blisters and immense back pain, I never thought an asthmatic person like me could do it. Therefore, the proudest moment of my life was when I got a gold medal for International award for Young People.

Hero: Hua Mulan, the legendary warrior woman

The quirkiest thing about me: I am a diehard Bollywood fanatic! I learned to speak Hindi pretty much fluently by watching Bollywood movies and soap operas since I was a child.

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