Who is Mouzel Manugas?
This is a question that I will have to keep answering throughout my life. I’m a firm believer in the idea that during our lives we become different people; we change, we grow, and we can even self-destruct. Right now, I’m a recent college graduate, aspiring copywriter, and Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee addict.
Tell us about your perspective as an Asian woman in school and in the workplace.
In my case, being a woman in school was never a challenge. For the most part, I think college promotes a sense of openness, diversity, and freedom. However, entering the workforce through internships and freelancing did send some obstacles my way. I can’t speak for all Asian women, but I sometimes find it difficult to challenge others, speak up, or negotiate due to my culture’s reverence for authority and experience. I am by no means a passive person, but somehow this aspect of my culture weasels its way into how I perform at work. Even though it’s been a challenge, I’m definitely becoming more assured and confident.
What are you most proud of?
I’m very proud that I graduated college. It’s not my most glamorous accomplishment, but it is a reminder of how privileged I am to have an education. I emigrated from a country that is marked with inequity and limited opportunities, especially for women. Knowing that millions of girls strive to be where I am today has really helped to keep me appreciative.
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