It’s that time of year where we get to welcome in our Fall Student Interns! In our first of two welcome blogs, we get to introduce Badr. Badr is originally from Saudi Arabia and has been living in Seattle since 2014. He is currently a senior at the University of Washington’s Bothell campus. In typical TVA style we asked Badr a bunch of fun questions to find out just what makes him such a great fit for TVA.

What’s your favorite movie?

I knew this question was coming. I don’t have a favorite movie, or… that hotel one, The Grand Budapest Hotel. I really like that one.

If you could teleport anywhere in the world for lunch tomorrow, where would you go and what would you have?

I would go to Rome and I hope they have the perfect Italian pizza there. I would definitely have pizza.

What are two things on your bucket list?

One is to start a YouTube channel. I would mostly create short films, but also a lot of random things. Second is to become a filmmaker. I would love to make short films, and if I make it that far and see potential I would love to try and make feature length films. Now that there are movie theaters in Saudi Arabia, as of two years ago, there is so much room for potential Saudi films.

What’s the biggest difference between here and where you came from and what do you miss the most?

Public transportation is a thing here. Public transportation changed my life. The weather, but that’s obvious. In terms of food, Mexican cuisine doesn’t exist back home. I love Mexican food.

If you had 2 million dollars to spend that you couldn’t spend on yourself, what would you do with the money?

I would donate it to someone to make a Mexican restaurant in Saudi Arabia. I had never had any kind of Mexican food before coming here. I have to donate that Mexican culture to the Saudi people.

What is one word that your friends or family would use to describe you?

What’s the English word for someone that’s always spacing out? I don’t know if there is one but whatever that word would be.

If you could have dinner with 3 people, living or dead, who would it be?

Fransisco Totti, the famous Italian soccer player. My grandfather Muhammed-Saeed, my family says I look like him but I never got to meet him. And do you know the guy who wrote Naruto? Masashi-Kichimoto, he is an illustrator.

And lastly, why is a tennis ball fuzzy?

Oh. Hmmm… I guess so that it doesn’t hurt the player when it hits them? Or is it because it adds more bounce. One of those, reducing the pain or adding more bounce.

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