Ana

AnaUC Irvine Class of 2010

Major: Drama

“Being a part of the Olive Tree Initiative was one of the best parts of my life. Not only did I make unexpected friendships, but I learned so much about what was really going on in Israel and Palestine. I learned that there is not one answer, but many people truly believed in dialogue. I learned how to listen to people I don't agree with, that peace is achievable even though some lived through catastrophic events, that an incredible strength can come from people with nothing, that brutal and gruesome events are real and true -- seeing them was hard but impactful -- and that there is not one truth, but many truths, it is all due to perception and experiences. What I learned on the Olive Tree Initiative was priceless and I will carry those moments in my heart for the rest of my life.”

After OTI:

After the Olive Tree Initiative, I graduated with my bachelors while simultaneously working for a film company in LA in their online marketing department. I later traveled to different corporations until I decided to set up my own online marketing company called Levley Marketing which is geared towards affordable and honest marketing for other small to medium sized businesses. I also met the love of my life, got married, and have a very cute fluffy puppy.