Isabel Muste - UWC Changshu

Previous school: Gymnasium Haganum
Place of residence: The Hague
Selected by the Dutch National Committee

When I was around eleven years old, I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin for the first time. Because of this book I started to think about the world that we live in and especially about the inequality that so many people face too often. When I was young, I always wanted to be a judge, but after I read this book I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. I believe that everybody has the right to be defended.

At this age I also started to travel a lot with my family to countries that are very different from where we live. This raised my deep interest for developing countries. When I travel to these countries I always like to learn about the culture and meet local people. In India, I spent a week in a home for street girls. These girls did not have a place to sleep before and very often don’t have (one of) their parents anymore. I noticed that they really wanted to tell their life stories, which made me realise that on the streets they never had a future or anything to dream for and that living in a safe home gives them the chance to think about their future. I noticed how strong they are and how much they laugh, sing and dance, despite everything they have been through.

In my daily life, I really love music. I play violin, piano, guitar and I sing. Making music is something I need do every day, because it is a part of me. I like performing and I hope that I can reach people and tell a story through music.

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