Why I Chose To Study In Europe
Rula Jebreal | Journalist

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  • Was the first foreign anchorwoman in Italian television
  • Is a commentator on MSNBC
  • Authored the best-seller Miral
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I think we are very impatient as teenagers somehow and then when you graduate with school your impatience become bigger. I was impatient at age 6. I wanted to go out and work and prove myself….

Well there was this scholarship and many people that applied for the scholarship and I wasn’t the best student let’s be honest about it…I didn’t have a plan B. That was what I wanted to do, and I took the scholarship studied hard.

I remember the people that interviewed me for the scholarship….they said well what writers do you read, do you read any European writers? And I said of course…I read some of Dante, they were like Dante? And I was yeah, the Divine Comedy….[starts speaking Italian], and they were shocked. I just learned them the night before….And then of course Kafka Metamorphosis, many other books that opened my heart and my brain and I was a lover of Europe way before I went to europe to study. I loved that model, I love the freedom, I love the way the were capable of achieving after two long wars where they destroyed their economy and killed millions of their citizens and I thought if that can happen there and they can live in peace today maybe it can happen in my country…

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I think we are very impatient as teenagers somehow and then when you graduate with school your impatience become bigger. I was impatient at age 6. I wanted to go out and work and prove myself….

Well there was this scholarship and many people that applied for the scholarship and I wasn’t the best student let’s be honest about it…I didn’t have a plan B. That was what I wanted to do, and I took the scholarship studied hard.

I remember the people that interviewed me for the scholarship….they said well what writers do you read, do you read any European writers? And I said of course…I read some of Dante, they were like Dante? And I was yeah, the Divine Comedy….[starts speaking Italian], and they were shocked. I just learned them the night before….And then of course Kafka Metamorphosis, many other books that opened my heart and my brain and I was a lover of Europe way before I went to europe to study. I loved that model, I love the freedom, I love the way the were capable of achieving after two long wars where they destroyed their economy and killed millions of their citizens and I thought if that can happen there and they can live in peace today maybe it can happen in my country…

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Cinematography: Ian McAlpin

Edited by: Bowie Alexander

Interviewed by: Laura Lehmann

Produced by: Laura Lehmann

Story by: Danielle Calodney




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