Somewhere I had read that you are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with. – During college I met one of my closest friends and a person who I spent most of my time with, Rami Nofal. Rami and I didn’t instantly gel but after spending some time working on a SIFE project together, we began to form a relationship.
I think the reason it took us time to form a bond was because of how different our personalities are, and I believe we finally gelled due to our similar values. One of Rami’s personalities that I admire is how direct He is while communicating, on the other hand I see myself as a high context communicator. – Also when it comes to working on a project, I like to plan out the details first and then start the work, where as Rami likes to hustle and gets hacking quickly.
Going back to the quote about how you are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with, I believe the most valuable asset that I got from my time in college were the people that I spent most of my time with. – The people I met in college including Rami, showed me what hard work can result to, motivated me with their life stories, and opened my eyes to the different perspectives that I was not aware of. – To all, thank you!
When I found out that Rami was accepted as a Peace Corps volunteer and would be spending 2.5 years straight in Africa working under President Obama on his Feed the Future Initiative , I was: 1) feeling a little depressed since I wouldn’t see him for 2.5 years and 2) Amazed by how the heck He gets to work with President Obama! – Best advice from Rami: “Do what You Do.”
Follow Rami’s journey via his blog @ www.ramizaidoun.wordpress.com