In true S&F style, we’re bringing you another interview — featuring one of the finest from the Iranian American community:
ADAM/NIMA POURAHMADI: BRILLIANT. MOTIVATED. HOTTERTHANADOCTOR.
The kind of guy you can bring home to your Daddy joon, not just because he’s smart, but because he’s already achieved SO MUCH and at such a young age. And apparently, we aren’t the only ones who think so– check him out on “The Men of AJE.”
I met Nima by chance through the wonderful world of Twitter — during our first meeting at Starbucks, I was in complete and utter awe at how intelligent and kind he is. Not only, one of the sweetest guys I’ve met on the East Coast but, how many 22-year-olds do you know who’ve already worked at two major media organizations? He was so easy to talk to and instantly made ME feel comfortable enough to be myself. Nima is charismatic and is truly making Iroonis proud everywhere.
Did I mention he’s a freaking cuuuuutie? Sorry Nima, I’m not a playa, I just crush a lot.
– Tell me about yourself…
I was born in a small Illinois town, population was like 30,000 or so- surrounded by corn fields, so definitely not the typical Iranian American upbringing by any means, but we had a lot of family friends in Chicago. My father was the president of the Persian Educational Cultural Society and that was my exposure to the Iranian American community in Chicago on the weekends.
The Persian Educational Society was this group of Iranian expats that would get together one Friday night every month. They would have speakers and the kids would go to something similar to Sunday school- where they learned to read and write, and talked about the culture and played games. That is where I learned how to read initially and then I continued my lessons every summer when I went back to Iran.
In Iran, I studied Farsi for two summers at Dehkhoda. It was single-handedly the coolest experience I had in iran. Dehkhoda is an international school for expats, and for those who are interested in Iran and Persian culture. Classes were for three hours in the morning and then they give you the rest of the afternoon to explore. My classmates were from all over the world– Korea, Japan, Colombia, Venezuela, etc. You just meet incredible people, and you can go explore Tehran together.
– What was the most valuable thing you learned at Dehkhoda?
The most valuable thing I learned there is just being able to connect with other Iranians. Many Iranians try to break away from the stereotype of Iran– in terms of proving how modern we can be and how we can party. Like when Nick Kristof went to Iran, we expect him to say, “oh, these people are just like you too.”