Ema is 19 years old and is currently a second year student at the University of Prishtina, studying Law. This is our third semester providing Ema with a scholarship, and we couldn't be more excited or inspired by this lovely woman!
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 ambitions and goals are getting bigger and bigger every day. In order to feed them and make them happen, hard work and commitment must always be my focus. After I get my bachelor’s degree I intend to study abroad for my Master’s degree since in Europe or the USA the programs are better than in Kosovo. Beside my Master’s degree I’m going to sit the jurisprudence exam here in Kosovo. My biggest dream, which I believe I can make happen, is owning a law firm. When I am older, I intend to get a PhD degree.
I chose to study Law because it is a subject where you can develop a range of skills and explore many aspects of human life. For some people Law can be dry and technical but it’s not, Law opens a window on aspects of human life that you were previously unaware of. The importance of law is very crucial. The most important thing is that "law forms the foundation on which any civilized society are based." Nature has its own laws. So does society.
Also law is multi-disciplinary and is interesting because not only does it involve the technical knowhow of the constitution but also involves the study of the human mind, discipline, physiology, science, English, Latin, philosophy and so many other subjects. This enhances the study of law as a complete subject in all respects. And these are some reasons that made me choose Law.
Tell us what an education means to you.
I understand education as the ability to inspire others with knowledge; it's the awareness of self. Education is life. Education is the ability to grow and mature. Education is the ability to try, to make a mistake, to learn, and to try again. Education is so much more than simply sitting in a classroom lecture. It's experiencing the world, taking risks, getting involved; helping a person...it is our total self.
I’m not the only in the family to attend university. My grandfather, my father, my mother, uncles, aunts and cousins attended university.
Why does Kosovo need more educated women?
First of all women have to obtain an education because it’s her absolute right. Kosovo needs more educated women because it empowers women in many aspects. Improving girls' educational levels has been demonstrated to have clear impacts on the health and economic future of young women, which in turn improves the prospects of their entire community.
Education of women in Kosovo makes them influence their future, they will be able to reduce poverty, they are healthier and to have greater self-esteem and self-confidence.
If you could tell something to students in America about Kosovo, what would it be?
Eventhough small, Kosovo is surprisingly exceptional. Kosovo exudes youthfulness. Not only is this remarkable republic only six years old but also 70% of the population is under 35. This makes for a dynamic, fashionable and entrepreneurial culture of businesses, bars, cafés and trendy restaurant. This isn’t a land for the lonely, introspective traveller. You’ll be befriended, fed, chatted to and invited to social events. Kosovo has amazing landscapes, mountainous national parks , very unique architectural buildings. I can say a trip to Kosovo nowadays would convince anyone that this country, far from its sometimes negative reputation, has indeed a lot to offer despite the political crisis.