Spending two very relevant years thrown into a tropical environment in a completely different continent with people who have grown up with social norms very much unalike the ones that have shaped me has been nothing but immensely educational. Perceiving this diversity and therefore losing the strong grip I had on my identity at the time may not have been the most enjoyable parts of UWC, but they have been the ones I am and will be most grateful for. Reflecting upon the way I had lived up until the point before coming to UWC Costa Rica and redefining my values have continuously been the greatest opportunities the community of UWC has offered me. I will never think of UWC and not immediately associate it with growth and learning, the type of learning that happens outside of the classroom, about the world and about myself.
UWC surprisingly helped me come closer to my home country. Macedonia, or North Macedonia to be politically correct, had more often than not left a bad taste in my mouth because it had disappointed me with its poor education and recurring corruption time after time. I used to disregard this part of my identity until I acknowledged all the beautiful things I had experienced and been a part of throughout my upbringing. One word – Ajvar. I always brought at least ten jars of it with me to Costa Rica, so if you’re lucky enough, you just might taste it.
Getting acquainted with the values of the community of Lewis & Clark was a pleasant experience as I came to find that quite a bit of the values of this college overlap with those of UWC, and those I have decided to nurture in myself. The opportunity to explore my interests through the appealing curriculum L&C offers is undeniably one of the major reasons I have decided to enroll, accompanied by L&C’s focus on a diverse community and sustainable practices in the day-to-day. And, of course, L&C being a Partner Institution in the Davis UWC Scholars Program was a telling sign that this is surely a place that I can call home. Sociology and Anthropology, Philosophy, International Affairs and World Languages are some of my greatest interests that I would enjoy pursuing an education in. Making sense of the world around me has always been enriching when doing it through these lenses, so I have developed a passion for all and am excited to continue growing in these fields.