Maya studied language, history and gender of the Turko-Iranian world at the University of Leiden and at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She loves culture in the broadest sense, from memes to poetry and from series to visual art, and likes to analyze it. In addition to her studies, she also provided homework assistance and tutoring to high school students. Nowadays she teaches Dutch at Taalhuis, writes and gives architecture tours. What she also likes to do is eat good food, play soccer, use her Cineville pass and dance at parties.