Interviewing my mother, Saida Belkentaoui, about her specific experiences and goals has enabled me to comprehend my idol from a different view, as I have discovered the difficulties she has faced as both a mother and a hard-working woman.
To begin, a “role model” is a personage you appreciate greatly that has both transformed your perspective and constantly acts as an approving example. My role model, Saida Belkentaoui, is a passionate and persevering woman who was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1972 and whose marking experiences have affected her in diverse ways. My mother was raised in a balanced setting and her grandparent’s love and protection were able to compensate for the absence of her parents, which positively impacted my mother’s personality. Additionally, sharing an inseparable relationship with neighborhood friends like Bouchra and Naila has marked most of my mother’s experiences with support, kindness, friendship, and generosity. However, the individual that impacted and shaped my mother the most was her grandmother, Fatima Outgammi, as her enduring character has encouraged my mother to persevere, take responsibility and rely on her abilities. Furthermore, the advice that has marked my mother’s perspective was the one provided by her father, Hassan Belkentaoui, who advised her once that “life is a long and difficult path during which one must rely on himself first before relying on others.” Moreover, a difficulty that has forever changed my mother’s lifestyle would be her constant challenge to maintain a demanding responsibility as the CFO of the Brewery of Morocco and her duties an understanding mother. Likewise, working with a majority of males have pushed my mother to work constantly in order to gain her place and impose her ideas.
Thus, my mother’s diverse experiences with specific people have impacted her greatly and shaped her to be a patient and hardworking woman.