Zelfije is 20 years old and is currently a second year student at the University of Prishtina, studying Economy, Banking and Finance. After waiting on our waiting list, Spring 2016 is our first semester supporting Zelfije and we couldn't be more excited!
Are you able to work? What are your living expenses?
I would like to work, but I am currently studying, so I do not want to interfere my studies while working. In the future, I hope to find a job that is related to my degree.
I live at home, with my mother and brother who studies as well. I have quite a lot of expenses because I travel from my house to Prishtina at least two days per week, then I pay the tuition, books, and other expenses. Thanks to “Flora Stationery” for the support, I am able to easily cover most of my expenses.
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?
When I graduate I am going to apply for my Masters. Initially I am going to search for Master Scholarships in Europe, because there is a dream inside of me to finish Master Degree at any well-known University in Europe. My dream is to do my Master studies In US, but that is apparently too expensive to afford. After I would finish my Master degree I would like to practice my degree in a country of EU and then get back to my country and work in a bank, or in a Company in Kosovo, as a secretary.
Tell us what an education means to you.
Education is very important to me, I have always learned since I was a child, this is because my mom used to say that you must learn in order to have a better future. I believe I am open-minded person who is willing to always learn new things, while this, I must say that I am amazed by the values American people share with others and especially the value of Freedom and Democracy. I am the second child in
the family, my brother is older than me and studies at the University of Pristina.
Why does Kosovo need more educated women?
After my father passed away, my life and that of my family changed drastically because we were very young and my mother became both a mother and a father for us. After all the sacrifices she made to raise us in a mentality that is not very supportive towards women, especially single mothers, she became my role model and my heroine. The life that mother endured made me realize that I wanted a different life for my female friends, a different future and myself for the daughters I might have in the
future. A life where the society is supportive and encouraging to women.
Kosovo needs more educated women to have a brighter future for all of them, especially for young ones particularly to live a dream for which my father gave his life.
If you could tell something to students in America about Kosovo, what would it be?
Kosovo has a beautiful landscape, worth visiting l, friendly people and the best hosts you would ever get in the whole world. A very colorful history, tolerant people, but who went through lots of hardships, a war, painful transition, lack of educational institution prior to the war, a long path towards becoming democratic and self-sustainable but still remaining very optimistic.
This Optimism and the solidarity with each other is what I would like to share with students in America.