Interview with Uma
About Uma study abroad project
What do you want to study and why?
I plan on studying English Language and Literature. I find what you can do with languages fascinating, and I definitely show my interest through writing, acting, and teaching. I enjoy breaking down a language and seeing how it really works, what native speakers take for granted, and why. I also work online for Bibo Global, an international tutoring company for English, and it’s inspired me to work towards a career in education.
Where are you from and where do you want to go?
I was born in Missouri, but my family is from Bosnia and Herzegovina. My parents moved to America after the Bosnian War, and that mindset of searching for more, for better, stayed with me throughout my childhood. I miss Missouri, but more than that, I miss my memories of Missouri, and the way I knew my town like the back of my hand. I’ve found those memories in Sarajevo, and I couldn’t feel more at home.
I love the sense of unity in Sarajevo; we have a joke, if you yell out for help in Bosnian, you’ll find help in five minutes, even if you’re in the Amazon. The culture and tradition around me every day keep my wonder alive.
If I do go anywhere, I’d want somewhere with a strong sense of community; in my opinion, that’s the most important thing a country can have.
Uma speaks English and Bosnian, she has just finished High School, she was in an international institution (Richmond Park International High School of Sarajevo). She is actually working as an English tutor online while waiting to start University.
Tell us more about you
What do you enjoy doing when you have spare time?
I love writing, and I compete in writing or more ‘general’ competitions on a regular basis. A love of writing and a love of books go hand-in-hand, and those who know me will never be surprised at the two or three books I carry around constantly– just in case I get bored.
Is there a personality trait about you that you are proud of?
My creativity has always been something I could be proud of.
Pride, for me, is a complicated emotion; my parents frequently remarked on how they shouldn’t feel proud when I succeeded at something. They were happy for me, but pride was dangerous. I did what I did myself, and I was to be proud, but not them.
I used to disagree with that. Now, I see that it was a way of protecting me. I taught myself what pride was, and how I was allowed to be proud of myself. I stopped allowing myself false modesty, and compliments from me come from somebody’s hard work.
I was always proud of my creativity and originality, how I was able to spin stories from nothing and invent whole worlds of my own. However, I value honesty and self-respect as much as I value creativity.
A message for the higher education institutions
If there is anything you’d like to say to Universities who will see your profile
One thing I can promise you, without the prize of grades and certificates, representation and awards; the one thing I can and am promising you now is that I am unforgettable, and I see the path I will make myself in the world.
If you can go abroad with a friend?
It would be Irfan. He has been my best friend for almost 3 years, and partner for the past 2… and he is the most intuitive, thoughtful, and wonderful person I have ever met. I don’t know what I’d do without him.
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Studies English literature
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