Hanadi Dreca

Hanadi Dreca

UWC attended: United World College of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Class Year: Class of 2024

For as long as I can remember, my parents taught me to be proud of who I am and where I come from, while also appreciating and respecting the diverse cultures around me. Growing up in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I often pondered how our identity shapes our worldview. This curiosity led me to engage in conversations with my peers, realizing that communication fosters understanding and builds common ground. To reach out to others, I learned, I must first extend my own hand.

The mission of the UWC movement resonated deeply with me, and I was eager to experience its diversity. During my time at UWC Mostar, I cherished the hands outstretched in friendship and opportunity, each leaving a lasting impression on me. These interactions taught me invaluable lessons about the people I met, ensuring I would never forget them or what makes them unique.

UWC challenged me to pursue my goals and interests, particularly in History and Anthropology, as they help me understand how the past and culture shape our present. However, I also realized the significant role politics played in my education and daily life, prompting me to explore International Relations and Political Science.

I chose to attend Lewis & Clark College because I believe it will help me grow in various aspects beyond academics. The close-knit community and diverse activities remind me of my time at UWC. Additionally, my passion for music and art, particularly playing the piano and performing in a band, made Lewis & Clark an ideal choice due to its supportive environment for these interests.

As I prepare to move to Portland, I am excited about the unknown experiences and opportunities for personal growth. I hope to achieve my academic goals, meet new people, and actively participate in the welcoming community at Lewis & Clark College.