Marlene Förster was born on 13.03.1993 and grew up in Darmstadt. She attended the Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium school, where she started her socio-political commitment as a spokeswoman for the Darmstadt City Student Council. After graduating high school, she began studying at the Technical University of Darmstadt where she began being active in the General Student Committee (AStA) while also pursuing her first editorial and journalistic activities. From there, Marlene moved to Marburg to study at Philipps-Universität. After visiting Turkey and Northern Kurdistan, she became interested in Kurdistan: the life there and the building of democratic structures in society. She traveled to Kurdistan several times in the following years to continue her journalistic activities and socio-political commitment.