Taking it to heart by taking action…TechGirl Razan Marzouka (Palestine) speaks

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Being part of the TechGirls program was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. For me, it was amazing simply to be in the USA. Every part of this program was wonderful.

We had a lot of meetings with inspiring people. At the White House, we met a lot of wonderful women. The most inspiring woman I met was one who worked at NASA—she really inspired me. She told us, “Be ambitious. Follow your dreams.”

We also met Mr. JE Rash, the founder of Legacy International. He spoke to us about leadership and the qualities that make a leader. Responsibility, ambition and patience are some of these qualities. Mr. Rash also spoke about the importance of women in society and how they are the key to development. One thing he said to us really touched my heart. He said, “If I know something and you don’t know it, that doesn’t mean that I’m smarter than you, that means that I have the privilege to know it before you.”

At iD Tech Camp, I spent 8 days at Towson University living in a dorm and studying HTML and CSS coding. I created a website about the city of Bethlehem, where I live. This was a good experience for me because I got to experience college life in the USA and learned to be more self-dependent.

After iD Tech Camp, we went to New York City, where we visited Google and went shopping. Google was amazing—they taught us how to use Scratch. The most wonderful part of the trip to New York was our luncheon at Bank of America, with Women Innovate Mobile. We sat at beautifully arranged tables on the 51st floor, with very important women. I sat with a woman who works at the Bank of America, as an IT programmer. She studied IT at university. She told me how global and important the technology field is.

During this program, I really believed in myself. I did things that made me proud of myself, like creating a website. I never imagined I would be able to do that, but I did, and now I won’t stop.

Now that I’m back home, I’m preparing for the course that another TechGirl (Daniella Tanas) and I are going to teach at my school—IC3 (internet and computing core certification). I plan to continue creating websites and studying what I learned at iD Tech Camp. I hope that my contributions will help to create change in my country.

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