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What’s your full name?

Rokhsan Arfa

Were you named after anyone?

I was named after Alexander the Great’s wife. My dad named me that with the particular spelling, so I could be ‘Roxanne’ still and be called Roxy. 🙂

Do you feel any connection to your name?

I feel a connection to Roxy. I think it fits!

How far away do you live from where you were born?

I live right where I was born! Here in the ATX.

What do you consider to be your “home”?

Tehran, Iran. Given how things are so tumultuous there now, I’d say Los Angeles is a very close second.

Is that distance something you think about? Do you have any connection to your place of birth?

I feel like an Austinite!

Are you in touch with anyone from your youth?

Yes! I still speak to my childhood friends in Iran.

Would you change anything about your upbringing, those years from birth through high school? Are they mostly fond or bad memories?

I wouldn’t change anything, but high school was hard. If I could go back, I’d tell myself to take it less seriously.

Is there anything you need with you throughout the day to feel complete? 

Not really, I don’t think… I carry my purse around but I’m not attached to it. haha!

When you look in the mirror, what do you notice first about your appearance?

My eyes.

If you could change something about your appearance, what would it be?

I’d maybe make my lips more proportionate but that’s really digging deep for something!

What do you first notice in strangers?

Their eyes!

What do think those that know you say about you?

That I’m nice.

What would you hope they would say?

That I’m a good person and have always done right by them.

What do you think strangers notice first about you?

Probably my eyes!

What is your proudest moment? Biggest victory?

Being friends with David Wise. I grew up watching the Ninja Turtles cartoons, and having him as a friend (the man who was a huge vehicle behind the show) really makes me happy.

What is your biggest regret? Biggest failure?

Not being able to give 100% most of the time due to attention and emotional issues.

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

I’d try to take life less seriously and not have so much depression and anxiety.

Are you making plans for the future, or are you more spontaneous?

Bit of both! I hope to travel some day.

When was the last time you cried?

This morning.

When was the last time you ever made someone else cry?

This morning… eek!

If you could know exactly when and how you would die, would you want to know?


What do you do to relieve stress?

Stretch and hug my dog.

Do you make friends easily?


Have you had mentors in your life?  Have you ever acted as a mentor to anyone?

No, actually…

What is the one rule you try to live by? Do you feel successful at following it?

I try to be the best version of myself all the time. Sometimes it doesn’t work out so well, but usually it does. 🙂

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