Donjeta is 23 years old and is currently a second year student at the University of Prishtina, studying Economics. Spring 2016 is our first semester supporting Donjeta and we couldn't be more excited!
Are you able to work? What are your living expenses?
Yes I am able to work, but in Kosovo it is very very hard or even impossible to find a job, not only for students but even for them who have finished not only bachelor degree but master degree too. As a student, my living expenses for each month are 60 euros, only for travel and eating, that are necessary when I go to University for a month, not to mention the books and paying the semester and other things.
Tell us about your goals – what do you want to do after you graduate? Where do you want to work? Why are you studying what you are?
My goals are to be able to finish my bachelor degree and also master degree and find a job and this is my dream because it is so hard to find a job in Kosovo. After I graduate I would really like to find a job relating to the economy because this is my subject of study. I always wanted to help my country in my own way and knowing that we are undeveloped country with extreme poverty.
I would be very happy one day to help my country in my way and as much as I can. I would want to work in high school to teach economy to high school students to convince them that our country needs great economists to help us to develop our economy and to reduce the degree of poverty.
Tell us what an education means to you.
Education means a lot to me because at first education teaches us many things - like manners, rules and regulations of life. All these result to make us into well mannered citizens. Education also can brings us self confidence because nothing in life can't be achieved if we don't believe in ourselves, and confidence help us to navigate all the difficulties in life.
An educated person ensures himself a bright future, because when we begin to become more educated we can know our skills or hidden talents, and this can give us employment and a secure future.
An educated person knows what is wrong and what is right they do not need to follow the words of other persons because they already are aware. They can contribute to the progress of their country. All these qualities of educated persons help the world to be a better place.
Why does Kosovo need more educated women?
In the past in Kosovo there were very few women who attend the University and the reason is that we were an under-developed country in every possible way. At that time most of the families in Kosovo were completely opposed to their daughters going to primary school, some of them let their daughter to go to school until 4th grade, but not further, this was the fate of my grandmothers unfortunately and many many others at that time. With time things changed but the main obstacles years ago was poverty and this is the reason why my mother couldn't afford to go to the University.
Unfortunately, today, in Kosovo the obstacles to find a job is making students struggle to finish University not to mention that is even harder for women still. But knowing the past of Kosovo, I think it is very important that the women of Kosovo to finish at University because every woman needs to be educated and find a job because they need to be independent from their families and their husbands. An educated woman knows her rights. And in knowing the history of women of Kosovo in the past, I think it is important that nowadays women of Kosovo finish University.
If you could use three words to describe yourself, what would they be? Why?
I would describe myself with the words; kind, patient and sincere. These are the words that describe me as a person and I chose these words because my family and friends told me they are true about me.