Aleksa Belic

Aleksa Belic

UWC attended: United World College of Dilijan (Armenia)
Class Year: Class of 2024

I’m coming from a small country called Serbia, where I spent the majority of my life. I recently graduated from United World College Dilijan in Armenia. Throughout my life, I was looking for new experiences in order to broaden my views and learn more about the world I live in, whether it’s an educational conference in Western Europe or an archeological trip to the Mediterranean Greece.

A desire for challenges led me to join the UWC movement, where I got to share my breakfasts, parties, studies, and arguments with people from more than 80 different countries, all accompanied by the mountainous landscape of Armenia. Coming towards the end of my 2 wonderful years in Dilijan, I had to decide where to continue this journey of life. Being guided by the wonderful social and physical environment in UWCD, I was looking for a diverse and engaging small community, with access to nature but close to an urban location. Lewis & Clark came up early on my college search, but unlike many others, stayed up in my choices for the longest time, which ultimately helped me make a decision.

UWC helped me decide what I want to do with some aspects of my life, but I am still clueless about others. Although I am planning to major in Economics or Computer Science, I love that the Liberal Arts system allows me to explore a large number of topics and subjects that are offered at L&C before I commit to a specific one or two.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I used to be a part of a rowing crew, which I am excited to go back to in L&C since I couldn’t row in Armenian mountain streams. However, what I could do in Armenia, and will hopefully still be able to in Oregon, is long-distance trekking and hiking. I enjoy those getaways from civilization and going back to analog. However, I am still looking forward to comparing Belgrade’s social vibe to Portland, as they are similar, or so I’ve been told. I hope to embody Lewis & Clark into one of the many homes that I hold dear to my heart.