Vanja Pesic

UWC attended: United World College of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Class Year: Class of 2022

When I think back to Mostar, what I enjoyed most was the people that I got the opportunity to meet. Before UWC it was hard for me to imagine living and learning with people from all parts of the world because I thought that it would be hard to coexist with someone that comes from a completely different culture – and I was right, it was! Nevertheless, I can say that it was a wonderful experience of growing in various ways that the people I met shaped. Moreover, living in the heart of the city of Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina gave me the chance to meet my surroundings and Mostarians as well as learn about my own history in the former Yugoslavia. The opportunity of exploring the bridges and hidden beaches on the Neretva river with the people whom I learned the most from is what I loved.

Wanting to continue the exploration of people, cultures and places, Lewis & Clark seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. I was blown away by the many study abroad opportunities it offers since it is important to see the world and broaden your horizons, as cliché as it may sound coming from someone who wants to study anthropology. Apart from that, I enjoy doing youth work. This gave me the chance to travel around Europe and collaborate with various organizations and people to write some projects or participate in others. This may be something that I would like to accomplish while studying at Lewis & Clark – to continue doing youth work and bring new people I meet and what I have learnt back to Serbia as a way of forming bridges between home and a place that I hope I will also end up calling home.