‘My whole plan was ruined. That felt truly awful,’ says Elyas Razawi, BSc in Business Administration student at Nyenrode. As a refugee from Afghanistan, he developed into a talented and ambitious student in the Netherlands at a young age. ‘If I have a goal, then I work as hard as I can to achieve it,’ he explains. ‘It’s all about my own efforts, not external factors.’ But Elyas never expected that an external factor would lead him to doubt his goal of becoming a dentist. What brought him to Nyenrode?