News

    Its A Complete Experience for Amalija Laslo at George Fox University

    Related Articles

    Amalija Laslo attends George Fox University in Oregon.  Her major International Relations with a minor in Peace Studies, Sociology has a lot to do with where she is from.  “I’m from Serbia from Eastern Europe and I come from a conflict region.  My country was affected in the past with a lot of conflict and a lot of civil wars and once what was former Yugoslavia because of civil war it separated into so many different regions,” she says. 

    “After doing research, I realized that this major International Relations with Peace Studies and Sociology helps me a lot to learn about this communication and relation between different cultures, or different religion and how there are ways that even though different still it is possible to communicate and not only communicate, but to communicate effectively.”

    This is Amalija second year at the university.  The 27-year-old says some of her personal experiences as well as academic experiences at the university have developed her overall as a student.  “Being a student at George Fox helps me a lot in growing as a person, learning of how I relate to different things and different ways and at times it can be very challenging because I feel very, very lonely and it is because I am the only student from Europe.  All of the rest of the international students are from Asia, so I’m really the minority at George Fox University, but now as I look back on last year I can see a huge improvement on how I relate to others and how others relate to me,” she says.

    “Education here is not something abstract.  It is very personal, very practical.  Education at least here at George Fox it is connected to textbooks and grades, but it is something we can apply not only in our work afterwards, but also in our lives and what I find very different from my country is the way professors invest in the students,” she says. 

    “I’m highly surprised and I admire their readiness to help out students and invest their time and invest their resources and help students to bring there best and this is something very different.  Relationship professors have with their students, it is so much more higher level than in my country.”

    Amalija says she isn't too involved with campus activities because her work and her studies take up most of her time.  “I do have work on campus.  I work for Center for Peace and Justice and for Global Studies Center and this is something that I do,” she says.  “It’s again

    Connected to school, but its in a way also separate because my work in a way is different than my studies, but I would say that my work and my studies at the moment are taking most of my time.”

    While going to school at George Fox, Amalija is living with a host family which she says has been very supportive and has made her feel like she is part of the family.  “This is the first time I had the experience to live with a host family and they are a wonderful family and

    they consider me honestly and really as being apart of their family and I do consider them as being my new family and their help and their support, when I say this I am not exaggerating help me to come so far.  Without their help I don’t think I could have help made it thru my first year,” she says.

    “They were my support in anything that I can remember and think of and I am very, very thankful for them.  They are a wonderful family.”

    Graduation for Amalija is in 2011, however when she finishes she is focused on the next phase of her life.  “I want to do one year internship in Ireland and hopefully if I can get an internship over there, then after that I would like to go and work in the region that I come from.  Not necessary Serbia, but maybe Croatia or Bosnia, but it has to be Balkan region.”

     


    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trendi
    X
    May 27, 2016 5:57 AM
    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Reactions to Trump's Success Polarized Abroad

    What seemed impossible less than a year ago is now almost a certainty. New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has won the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The prospect has sparked as much controversy abroad as it has in the United States. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Drawings by Children in Hiroshima Show Hope and Peace

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first American president to do so while in office. In August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city to force Japan's surrender in World War II. Although their city lay in ruins, some Hiroshima schoolchildren drew pictures of hope and peace. The former students and their drawings are now part of a documentary called “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.” VOA's Deborah Block has the story.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese Rapper Performs for Obama

    A prominent young Vietnamese artist told President Obama said she faced roadblocks as a woman rapper, and asked the president about government support for the arts. He asked her to rap, and he even offered to provide a base beat for her. Watch what happened.
    Video

    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.
    Video

    Video Meet Your New Co-Worker: The Robot

    Increasing numbers of robots are joining the workforce, as companies scale back and more processes become automated. The latest robots are flexible and collaborative, built to work alongside humans as opposed to replacing them. VOA’s Tina Trinh looks at the next generation of automated employees helping out their human colleagues.
    Video

    Video Wheelchair Technology in Tune With Times

    Technologies for the disabled, including wheelchair technology, are advancing just as quickly as everything else in the digital age. Two new advances in wheelchairs offer improved control and a more comfortable fit. VOA's George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Baby Boxes Offer Safe Haven for Unwanted Children

    No one knows exactly how many babies are abandoned worldwide each year. The statistic is a difficult one to determine because it is illegal in most places. Therefore unwanted babies are often hidden and left to die. But as Erika Celeste reports from Woodburn, Indiana, a new program hopes to make surrendering infants safer for everyone.
    Video

    Video California Celebration Showcases Local Wines, Balloons

    Communities in the U.S. often hold festivals to show what makes them special. In California, for example, farmers near Fresno celebrate their figs and those around Gilmore showcase their garlic. Mike O'Sullivan reports that the wine-producing region of Temecula offers local vintages in an annual festival where rides on hot-air balloons add to the excitement.
    Video

    Video US Elementary School Offers Living Science Lessons

    Zero is not a good score on a test at school. But Discovery Elementary is proud of its “net zero” rating. Net zero describes a building in which the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable sources equals the amount of energy the building uses. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, the innovative features in the building turn the school into a teaching tool, where kids can't help but learn about science and sustainability. Faith Lapidus narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora