Gresa is 20 years old and is currently a second year student at the University of Prishtina, studying Law. Spring 2016 is our first semester supporting Gresa and we couldn't be more excited!
Are you able to work? What are your living expenses?
Yes of course I am able to work, but I cannot find a part time job in which I would be well paid, to balance my costs at the very least. A full-time job could not give me the time to learn for my studies, which is my priority. So my mother told me to continue studies, even it’s difficult for her to balance all my expenses in addition to taking care for my two other sisters and grandparents. This is the reason why I am working so hard in my studies and why I needed to get a scholarship to help me in my expenses.
For a year in university I have to pay two semesters, of course to buy all the books photocopied because normally original ones are more expensive, and as I live in a rent flat I have to pay my rent every month which costs 62 euros, plus other costs like electricity, water, trash, internet and other things I need for a month.
Since I started studying, I moved to Prishtina and here I rent a flat with three other friends of mine. In the winter or summer breaks or even at some weekends when I don’t have to study, I go to my home to Mitrovica, to my family.
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?
As I said earlier, I am studying law, and this is only the second year of studying and I am still learning new things, new branches where I can find myself. I originally wanted to be a judge because as law students, we want justice and being judge is the best place where you can put justice in your country. But as times goes and I learn new things, I have found that I like much about constitutional law and civil law, two branches where I think I will focus the most in the future.
I am the oldest child in my family. I have two younger sisters and so I am the first one to attend university. It was kind of hard for my mother and for me also, because I was the one to be in front of so many new things, like searching for a new apartment away from home, moving in a new city where my family isn’t etc. But through this I learned a lot, because I saw how much my mother did for me to be here, so I never gave up on anything. Of course everything you do, you do for yourself a bit too, but that much I do for my mother too.
If you could use three words to describe yourself, what would they be? Why?
I see myself as a far-seeing person, because I try to think of all the consequences when I want to do something whether it is important or not. I love life goals. I always put a goal in front of me for which I have to work hard to arrive at it. It is very important to have a purpose for everything in life, at least I think like this. I try very hard to be a ‘dedicated at work-person’.
If you could tell something to students in America about Kosovo, what would it be?
Students of my state, at least majority of them are very hard-working students. I am so lucky that I have so many colleagues in university that they take things very seriously about studying, we like working together, in groups, they take near them students that are not that sure about a subject, tell them everything they know about that subject, take them in projects to be more free and to learn more on that subject that they have uncertainty, example.
Tell us what an education means to you.
As I heard from my grandparents, women in the past had so little chances to get educated, different from men. I think we still have families in the rural areas that they do not allow girls to go in the university, which they get from the past. So no one understands those girls as other girls that have all the possibilities to get educated. We need many of these girls. I believe that girls that see new things, learn new things, and have an open mind are the one who can affect all women to hear their voice. We have so many intelligence women and they need to be represented.