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Martina Tasca d’Almerita, participant of the last edition of SEI Inventor as part of the BIP team, was born and raised in Regaleali, the estate of the Tasca d’Almerita winery, a green island in the heart of Sicily. At the age of 6 she moved to Palermo, spending all her K-12 years there. After a 6-month experience in Australia, on the Sunshine Coast, and various study and work experiences in the UK, she moved to Turin, where she is currently attending the last year of her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

How did you learn about SEI’s programmes?

I learned about SEI Inventor through an e-mail from the University.  I was immediately intrigued, but initially I gave up the idea of participating because it seemed too far from my field of study. After receiving an e-mail cancelling my Erasmus because of the pandemic, I felt the need to enter a new world, to get to know different perspectives from the one I was immersed in, and SEI Inventor amply satisfied this need.

How has SEI Inventor helped you to grow and improve yourself?

As well as giving me some practical skills, SEI Inventor was first and foremost a metaphor of life: you are faced with a problem and you have to work hard to understand how best to deal with it. When you think you have found the solution, you realise that in reality you have only taken a step along a road that is not yet defined and may not even be the right one. And if the road is really not the right one, SEI Inventor has definitely taught me to reinvent myself without being discouraged and to start again on other ideas with the same enthusiasm.

What are you up to now?

As I’m almost at the end of my Bachelor’s degree, my energy right now is mainly spent on 3 things: my thesis, my personal growth and figuring out where I want to go, at least for the next few years. I’m at that point in my life where I have a thousand doors open in front of me and I don’t know where to invest my energy. That’s why I’m taking several courses in different areas, including one in data analysis and another for training future entrepreneurs, which is adding a theoretical base that I needed in addition to what I already learned during SEI Inventor. So I am trying to satisfy my hunger for knowledge and my constant need to be on the move, physically or mentally.

How do you see yourself “growing up”?

As I said before, I don’t really know where I want to go, but there are some very specific things I want for my future and I’m working towards them. The first is that I don’t want to be static, whether it’s a single job that allows me to get to know different environments or whether it’s a continuous change and reinvention of what I do doesn’t matter to me, I like finding myself in new environments, learning what I can, and giving what I have. The second is that I want to have an impact on the world around me. I don’t know if it will happen through research or as a future entrepreneur, or in any other way. The third and final thing I care about is that whatever my field is I want to be excellent. These are vague and imprecise plans, but the great thing about being only 21 is that you can dream by building the “how” step by step in the moment.

What do you hope the Martina of the future will never forget?

I hope that the Martina of the future always remembers that she has her life in her hands, and that she never has to rests on what she has achieved. That she keeps asking herself whether she is satisfied, with herself and what is around her and how she can get it better. I hope that she never lets herself be overwhelmed by her surroundings and that she is always convinced that she can change her destiny for the better, a common belief at my age but one that we often forget when we grow up. I hope that she is never afraid to live her life and all the emotions it gives us and, above all, that she never loses that curiosity and desire to discover that now drives me forward.

Would you recommend a SEI course to another person? Why?

Absolutely, not only because it helps you build skills that are very useful in life, such as design thinking or pitching, but above all because I have found one of the most stimulating and intercultural environments I have been lucky enough to meet. From the mentors to my fellow students, I haven’t met anyone I don’t respect or from whom I haven’t had the opportunity to learn. Moreover, it taught me the importance of teamwork and learning to think with and for others. In short, it was an experience that I would recommend to everyone and that I would absolutely do again.

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