Grace | Northern Ireland

Q&A with Grace Rogerson of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Tell me something interesting about your home town/country. It's where the Titanic was built.

What do you do for a living? I'm a student studying History and Politics at the Queens University of Belfast.

Are you involved in any volunteer or community organizations? I'm one of eight UK Young Ambassadors to Europe, so I represent the young people of the UK at a European level. I'm also the co-chair of the North South Youth Forum which aims to bring together young people from both sides of the border.

What is your most memorable PTPI experience? In 2013, I attended the Global Youth Forum in Washington, DC.

What have you learned from PTPI? That with enough passion and determination, you can make a real difference to the lives of those around you and further afield.

Tell me about the connections you have made through PTPI. I met my best friend through PTPI, and we still meet up two years later despite living on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

What do you feel is the most valuable part of your PTPI membership? Being a part of an international family of people who want to make the world a better place and all of the support and encouragement that comes with it.

What is your definition of culture? I think of culture as the habits, way of living, and tastes that define a place or person.

What does your future hold? What are the goals you most want to accomplish right now? I want to continue to work internationally. The degree I'm doing at university is helping me to develop the skills and knowledge that will aid me in my dream of working for the EU or for an international organisation like PTPI. My goal is to encourage others to want to make a difference and to continue to do so myself.
What is your favorite way to stay connected (to others parts of the world/what’s going on in the world)? I have friends who live across the world in the USA, Denmark, Poland, Ukraine, and so on, and we all share stories of what's happening in our country. As a UK Young Ambassador it is part of my role to stay up to date with global affairs and it helps my degree so I regularly use Twitter and other forms of social media to discuss global affairs as well as reading international news sites.

How many countries have you visited? I have visited about 13 different countries including Latvia, Greece, and Germany. I love to travel and plan to visit many more over the next few years.

Tell me about your family’s culture. Do have any traditions? How have they shaped your identity? I can thank my family for my love of travel and different cultures because we regularly went on family holidays to different places as I was growing up and my parents encouraged me to learn foreign languages and to embrace different cultures. I can remember nights when we would have tapas or Greek food because we wanted to try something different.

Where do you want to travel to next? My next trip I think will probably be to Denmark or Belgium.

Why is education important to you? It teaches discipline and encourages you to challenge yourself and widen your horizons, it also helps you to grow as a person and gain the knowledge that will help you throughout your life.

Where do you see yourself in five years? That's a hard one; hopefully working for an international organisation and living somewhere new!

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