Hi, I’m Iman and I’m very excited to start this new chapter of my life as a Lewis and Clark student. I originally come from Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but I spent the last two years of my life mostly in a city on the south of this country - Mostar, where I attended the United World College situated there. Through these two years, apart from the time spent in heated battle with the IB curriculum, I managed to make countless memories with people from all over the world; people I probably wouldn’t have met, let alone gotten to know as close friends, without the opportunity provided to me by the UWC, for which I’m very grateful, as well as the chance to continue my studies in an environment that nurtures multiculturalism as much as L&C. These past two years have been the most eventful and beautiful in my whole life so far, and I have really high hopes for the memories that are yet to be made in Portland.
A little bit about my interests - I was always a very science-oriented person (so the person who everyone usually asked for math homework). The major I plan on pursuing in college is computer science, because it’s a practical application of the mathematical principles of logic which I’d always found myself very gladly invested in tackling. This goes hand-in-hand with a lifelong love of math, which was nurtured by the challenges I got to face through the IB. I love encountering difficult problems and finding my way toward a solution, not only because over time it shows my improvement - and this is a great motivation for me in my everyday life - but also because these abstract concepts and principles can be applied in various real-life contexts to help create solutions both to everyday problems and larger issues that occur in the world.
Considering that, it might be surprising that I’m very invested in art, as well. I’ve loved various kinds of music since I was very small, and am a classically trained cellist (though that didn’t go through customs control successfully, so it’s not very likely I’ll get to show off my skills). Apart from music, I am also a very athletic person, with a love for gymnastics (which I’ve done for over ten years) and group sports, especially volleyball. I’m excited to see how these passions of mine outside of academics will develop at L&C!
That’s about all that I can think of saying right now. Overall, the best and most honest thing to finish this introduction off with is gratitude to everybody who has made it possible for me to enter this new adventure in Portland, and excitement for what’s coming next.