We met Tina a long time ago.

She hasn’t changed much since then, except she’s not that Converse-wearing kid anymore, but a gorgeous 22-year old woman, with much to say and give to the world.

She looks like a model and acts like a mature, sophisticated woman, who loves life and smokes with grace, leaving men always wanting for more. She asked us not to make a big fuss about this piece, but we just couldn’t help ourselves and wanted to show you how the saying that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication can be embodied by such young, intelligent and ambitions people.

A few facts about Cristina: she is an under-graduate at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and has an awesome job at one of the companies in the Big Four (as in the four largest international professional services networks in accountancy and professional services). On top of that, she does volunteer work on educational and personal development programs for students.

On hearing about us wanting to write something about her, she said that the message of popularity not being a factor in achieving success should be the one to permeate throughout the article – „There are anonymous girls in Romania who are making something of themselves.” We definitely think she’s right. Modesty and decency shouldn’t come as obstacles in young girls working hard to have a career. In respect to that, Cristina seems to practice what she preaches: she rides the subway to work and school, always keeps the color combination in her outfits to a minimal and seamlessly smiles and compliments everybody in her life.

Her positive and classy attitude comes across her writing, as well – yes, she has a blog! Before you go and check it out, we had her answer a few questions for us. This is what she had to say:

What do you think you are meant to achieve in life?

I relentlessly have lots of small dreams quickly turning into projects roaming around in my mind. I want to constantly evolve as a human being, to experience, to learn, to work hard. I want to always stay grateful and make the most of what I’ve been blessed with. I want to learn to play the violin.

What do you expect from others?

This is a tough one. I would not use „expect”, but „would like” instead; „expect” is too demanding. I would like to maintain and establish authentic relationships based on mutual respect. I hope for empathy and a drop of humor.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

The reasons why the chicken crossed the road are non of our business (probably mating reasons, according to Freud; probably because it was meant to happen, according to more fatalistic approaches). What matters is how the chicken crossed the road. Let’s assume it was a sunny day in Spring and the chicken was really glad to do it.

Photo credit © Ioan Penu, © Andrei Biro (no. 1 and 8 in the photo set) and © June (no. 33-36)