life stories series dr asli hissah abu dhabi

Tell me a bit about yourself. What do you want the world to know about YOU?

Hi, my name is Asli Cazorla Milla. Like many women, I moved to Dubai a year ago after my husband got a job here.  I completed my doctoral studies in Marketing a couple of years ago in Spain, so I have not had a long career history! However, I worked for two years in Talent Management in Latvia while I was doing my Masters. I have been teaching as a Volunteer Adjunct Professor at an online American university for the last couple of years, too. I also worked as Soft Skills trainer in a summer school in Slovakia.

Describe a typical day in your life.

I usually wake up at 8:30am and take my breakfast at home. I am lucky enough to have a job that gives me a late start because I am not a morning person at all J I arrive to work around 10:00am and check my emails right away. If I have lectures that day, I prepare them, if not, I do administrative duties which are quite a lot due to being a Coordinator.

Usually I take lunch break at 2:00pm. By 3:00pm, I usually have a meeting or an event to attend to. I finish by 6-7pm depending on my class timings for the day. Then I go for grocery shopping with my husband as we like to do it on a daily basis. We usually have dinner at home and see a movie from Netflix at the end of the day to relax.

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced during your journey to where you are today?

One of the biggest challenges I faced was being alone from time to time especially moments when I achieved something. Not having my loved ones with me while I strived for success was difficult. I moved around between 6 countries for educational and professional purposes and this got quite lonely for me.

Who would you describe as a role model and why?

I will say my role model is my father. Although I do not tell him this enough but I am thankful for all that he has shown me and taught me in this life. I try my best to make him proud every day. He came from difficult conditions and made his own life success. He did not have the support of his family when he needed to study, but he got a scholarship and pursued his own goals. When I was 22 years old, I told him I want to live abroad and study. I knew we did not have the means to do that comfortably, but he and my mom sacrificed many things so that I could study. Therefore, I take him as my role model.

Tell us one thing about you that most people don’t know.

I can be very pessimistic quite often. People do not believe this because I always smile and spread positivity around. However, I do find myself feeling pessimistic about many things.

What is one piece of advice about how to cope with challenges/struggles you face in life that you would like to give to the world?

Try to find positive things in everything, even if the situation is very challenging. Always remember that the most important thing in life is life itself, to be alive is a gift that we should be grateful for every day.

What is ONE word that you feel defines you? (It could be your profession, a personality trait, or a quality you possess).

Life-long learner. I believe no matter how old we grow, we always have something new to learn.