Ajla Selimić, 1992, USA
My name is Ajla Selimić and I’m 22 years old. I was born in Sarajevo, but like most Bosnians, I left my native land as a kid. At the age of three, I moved to America because my parents wanted a better future for me. I don’t have much memory of my life in America because after a few years I returned to Bosnia. My father died when I was nine and my mother had no option but to return to Sarajevo.
In Sarajevo, I finished the Fifth Primary School and the First Bosniak Gymnasium School, after which I enrolled in the Faculty of Civil Engineering. During my college studies, I became a recipient of a scholarship funded by the Muharem Berbić Foundation. This scholarship has meant a lot to me during my schooling because it has taken one big financial burden off my unemployed mother.
While in college, I decided to return to America. Unfortunately, all my passed exams at our college did not apply in America, so I had to start my college education from scratch.
I am currently a student at the University of Washington (University of Washington, Seattle). In addition to my studies, I work as a college assistant, a barista at Starbucks, and intern at a construction firm.
After graduation I plan to enroll in MBA (Master of Business Administration).
What I learned during school is that anything is possible if we have set goals. I am grateful to the Muharem Berbić Foundation and all the others who helped me reach my goal.