A Serbian Studying in the United States
For Serbian students, it has always been a dream to continue their education in the West. The lifestyle, employment opportunities and better standard of living has always been a major draw for people from Eastern Europe. So it is no surprise that I was completely overjoyed on hearing the news that I had received a scholarship from WorldLearning to continue my studies in the United States. Of course, I would miss my friends and family, but there was a real sense of adventure when I packed my bags to head for Boston.
Hi! My name is Branislav Krcic and I have been a student of International Politics in the US for about a year now. It has been a highly rewarding experience and I wanted to share my story with others. Hopefully, it should help other Serbian students looking to study here.
The standard of education and classes here is much higher than back home. Teachers expect only the best from students and there is a real passion among the students for their subject. The system demands that you put in your entire effort. I had to struggle a bit in the first few months, as the pace of studies was a bit fast. Also the language was a problem.
Though my English was quite decent, it took me a while to get used to the accent and style of speech here. Unlike Europe, people only speak English here and you will not find too many who are multi-lingual. So it is best to ensure that your English is really good.
I did face a problem getting used to the food and even now it is a bit of struggle on some days. For someone who was used to home cooked cevapi and pljeskavica, the shift to American food was not very easy. The cuisine here tends to be very bland when compared to food back home. There aren’t too many spices and it takes some time to get used to.
Luckily for me, I lived in Boston that is a big city that offers a lot of choices in cuisine. So I ended up going to the Serbian side of the city to get some home food once in a while. But just like most other things, after a few months I was used to it.
One of the most beautiful things about the country is how welcoming and sweet the people here are. At the university, there are people from a number of different countries and communities. And I had no problem making friends here. You will easily find others to help you out with shopping, food or studies. Foreigners are generally treated well and people are always ready to help you find your feet.
Overall I would have to say that I have had a really great time studying in this country. Hopefully my degree should enable me to get a job here so that I can move completely. This was just a recollection of personal experiences that some might find helpful back home in Serbia. All the best for your future!