As of this year, Miona Dinić is a scholarship holder of the Studenica Foundation, who has decided to continue her education abroad. She has always been interested in languages and culture of other countries, so her primary choice was to enroll in the philological department at the Grammar school in Kruševac, in order to study foreign languages in more detail. Realizing that, as she states, she could not reach all her potential in a small town in Serbia, so she decided to continue her second year of high school in the II Maribor Grammar school in Slovenia. It can be said that this was the backbone of her academic development, which motivated her to continue thinking about her education outside the borders of our country.
Accordingly, upon completion of II Grammar school Maribor, she decided to go one step further and enroll at the University of Groningen, where she was at the Department of Liberal Arts and Science. Although she is considered to be an open-minded person with a refined intercultural sensitivity, Miona did not like the organization of the program, as a result of which she decided to return to Slovenia. Then she enrolled at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana. At this university, Miona was at the Department of Languages, where she studied English and Italian, which especially occupied her attention. Wanting to learn it even better and to get even more acquainted with Italian culture, Miona decided to continue part of her master's studies in Italy at the University of Milan, Department of Humanities, where she has also been studying English and Italian language and literature since a few days ago. .
Asked whether she would recommend young people to go abroad, Miona said that everyone who has the opportunity should try their luck outside Serbia, as he believes that going to another country means a new, significant experience and broadening horizons. Miona especially emphasizes that studying in another country enables young people to understand what opportunities their peers have elsewhere, and that such a comparison helps a person to understand whether she is satisfied with the opportunities offered to them in their home country or not. She also points out that studying abroad helps young people to become more open, tolerant, and that such an experience helps them mature, in addition to undoubtedly enables direct contact with a new culture and language. She additionally points out that studying abroad brings with it the possibility for young people to be constantly surrounded by ambitious people with similar interests who constantly encourage them to be even better and use their full potential. Finally, Miona concludes that going to any other country also means leaving the comfort zone, and that it is this exit from the encapsulated nest that enables a better knowledge of oneself.
When asked how the Studenica Foundation helped her in her career, Miona said that the organization's financial support helped her a lot, especially when moving to Milan. She explains that life abroad is extremely expensive, especially in Milan, which is considered one of the most expensive cities in Europe, and that any financial support is welcome, especially in the educational context. Then she further states that studies are also not cheap, and that maintaining a high GPA and academic success do not suffer a full-time job at the same time , and that she is grateful that she can invest the scholarship she receives in her education. She also points out that the organization connected her with other young and ambitious people, which additionally motivates her to continue working on herself and professionally improving.
It is worth noting that Miona is also successful outside of the university and she is considered a person who has a wide repertoire of interests. Recently, she started writing literary criticism more intensively, with special emphasis on the fact that her works were published in as many as two foreign journals - "Corridor - Crossroads of Art", where she wrote in Slovenian about the book "Body Kintsugi", writer Senka Marić and in "Horizonte", a German-Italian magazine in which she wrote in Italian. She is also a human rights activist, a member of Amnesty Slovenia. In addition to all the above, Miona manages to be the coordinator of the TEDxLjubljana program for translators.
We are proud to have one such promising member in our team of scholarship holders, who we believe can inspire other young people to strive for the path of education with her example and academic work!