|What are your success habits?
I look for ways to improve society, using my strengths and experience. I am open to new opportunities, and, at the same time, I strive for personal growth to become more aware of myself and others.
|What is the best advice you have ever received?
It’s never too late to follow your professional and personal goals. Step-by-step, with the help of mentors and the right people around you, you can achieve goals you thought were impossible initially.
|What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of founding Learn IT coding school, which offers coding courses for children and educators in Latvia. In seven years, together with colleagues, I have organized multiple hackathons, teacher trainings, and social campaigns with tech companies to equip children with 21st-century skills.
|What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Since I was nine years old, I have been passionate about horse riding and dreamt of becoming a professional equestrian. For three years, I intensively trained and participated in numerous horse-riding competitions.
|What have you always wanted to try, but have never found the time to actually do it?
I’d like to improve my Spanish and take three months off to travel through South America and volunteer in the education field.
|What is your current challenge or goal?
My goal is to complete a master’s degree in educational technology this semester at Old Dominion University in the United States. I am currently working on a research paper about instructional strategies for Computer Science teachers in delivering a programming module at the primary school level in Latvia.
|What are your hobbies or activities to relax?
I take care of my mental and physical health by regularly running and hiking in Latvian nature. Once a year, I travel outside of Latvia to explore new cultures and discover the different ways that people see and experience the world.
|How do you push through your worst times?
When feeling overwhelmed with my work or studies, I try to break the task into smaller chunks and remind myself why the task is essential. Also, I reach out to colleagues, mentors, and advisors to get an independent view of the problem or challenge I am experiencing.
|What books do you read currently, and which would you suggest to us?
I am now reading a book, “Why” by Simon Sinek, about practical steps on finding the purpose in personal life and business to achieve outstanding results. I’d suggest reading Tim Collin’s book “Good to Great” for those committed to leading any type of organization.
|What mobile apps do you use in your everyday life and would suggest to us?
My recent discovery is Mendeley, the desktop reference management app, to save, organize, cite, and reference journal articles.
Mobile apps I have found beneficial:
- IOS notes app to save lists, thoughts, scan and edit documents
- Slack or Discord app for communication with teammates
- Maps.me for offline maps when traveling to countries without internet access
- Revolut app for easy money transfers and tracking monthly expenses