Tonight, by sheer luck, I met one of the most influential inspirations in my life.

Ever since I first heard about Alula Asfaw in 2009, his story of founding UW’s Dream Project has continually motivated me to challenge myself and be a driver of change. I consider Alula to be one of the best examples of someone who identified a problem, was motivated to do something about it, and rallied the support of others to further his cause. Alula demonstrates that one person with one idea can radically change the world.

Few things in life can top spontaneously meeting one of your biggest motivators, especially when you can humbly thank them for how much of an inspiration they’ve been to you. It’s my hope that I can serve the same inspiration to those around me.