Afaf Lamkoutar was born and raised in Rabat, Morocco. She received a Master of International and Political Affairs from the University Mohamed V of Rabat, Faculty of Law Rabat-Agdal. Afaf is engaged in
several international projects to promote intercultural dialogue and advocate for the role of women in the Peace and Security Agenda. In her personal reflections, she addresses conformity and non-conformity as an internal struggle in the path for greatness.
Before applying to the College of Europe Natolin
Campus, I heard many stories regarding the spirit of
I was once told: “You can’t understand what the
Campus of Natolin is until you experience it”.
Today, I think I understand.
Imagine thinking about the world within a
multicultural environment, a place where you get to
engage in discussions and debates, where you get to
grasp a variety of ideas and thoughts from Europe
and beyond. This place is the Natolin campus of the
College of Europe.
The Natolin campus offers the chance to meet
professors coming from Europe and its
neighbourhood. It gathers specialists and experts and
welcomes engagement in discussions on crucial
The Natolin campus is an ideal space for creativity as
it hosts young, vibrant, and intellectually inclined
This creativity is coupled with an
interesting dynamic of interactions and
introspections that challenge and resist conformity.
Of course, the need for conformity can be such a
strong internal driving force. Many of us are naturally
drawn to become like those around us.
But this is not the path to greatness in Natolin.
The greatest people are those who have forged their
own path, often against the tide.
In that regard, Natolin is a home where you can be
true to yourself.
It is a suitable environment for investing time in
knowing yourself better, demonstrating your values,
and testing your intellectual and emotional assets.
So, dare to challenge conformity, be bold enough to
embrace your true potential, and join the Campus of
Natolin of the College of Europe.