Name: Christine Stein Hededam
University and Study Focus: Leiden University, BA International Studies with an area focus on North America
Tell us a little about yourself.
In 2015-2016 I was an exchange student in Minnesota which sparked my curiosity towards other cultures and made me decide that I wanted to study abroad later in life. Therefore, I proceeded to attend an international high school in Denmark. I chose to move to The Hague because of the uniqueness of the International Studies program and its location at the center of the city of peace and justice. In my free time, I love spending time with friends – cooking together and finding cute cafés. I enjoy reading and like to be active in sports, especially yoga.
What motivated you to be a part of WIL?
To me, WIL is not only an organization that offers a variety of great events, it is also a network of passionate people. Initially, I was motivated to join WIL by the prospect of developing professionally and personally, however, the inspiration that I draw from other members makes WIL a community that I’m very proud to be a part of.
What is a question (academic, personal, social, etc.) that you are currently trying to answer?
Currently, I am trying to figure out what career I’d like to venture into.
What has been one of the most impactful experiences in your life?
Being an exchange student in the U.S. (Minnesota).
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself working in a job that fulfills me and having started a family.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Don’t spend energy on worrying about something that you cannot possibly change.
What is one way you would like to help or offer support for other WIL members?
I would like to support other members by continuing to make WIL a strong community. I hope WIL can be a safe space where we can provide each other with inspiration, feedback, and support for projects – whether they are personal or professional.