Hi! I am Alena Kropackova, a 22-year-old girl from the Czech Republic. When I was sixteen I started traveling with our gymnastics team and would participate in World Championships and World Cups. In 2016 I finished high school and moved to Ireland to improve my English. After that, I got sick and was forced to stay at home but it didn’t stop me. I embarked on online volunteering for TED and self-directed learning, which gave me a freedom to focus only on valuable things, and also opportunity to study seemingly unrelated fields. Even though I didn’t have the opportunity to study abroad, I took online courses and gained certificates from Google, Harvard, and MIT. Through my self-studying, I recently launched an online magazine: www.openminded.cz and became the Czech Representative for a Global International Teen Conference.