Hi! My name is Angela Madjer. I am a third year RIT Croatia student currently participating in the Global Scholars program. My major is International Business with a minor in Marketing from Saunders College of Business.
I am a first generation Croatian-American, born and raised in Chicago. I have extremely strong ties to my Croatian heritage and I am able to speak the language fluently so after high school I decided to move to Croatia and enroll in RIT Croatia’s campus in Zagreb. Croatian culture is different from American culture in many ways. The biggest difference, without a doubt, is the pace of life and people’s lifestyle. While in Croatia people make time to be with friends and family, in the United States, there is always a sense of being rushed to finish something or to go somewhere. I realized that in Croatia, even the most ambitious and successful people were able to find time to sit down on the main square, relax and drink a cup of coffee with their friends or colleagues. To have the opportunity to live in a country that is near and dear to my heart and to be able to go to school for something that I am truly passionate about, made the decision to move to Zagreb fairly easy.
Even though I’m absolutely in love with the small, cozy and comfortable campus in Zagreb, I felt that it would be a shame not to take advantage of the RIT’s Global Scholars program. The opportunity to travel to any of the other RIT Global campuses is something that I felt i should take advantage of. I wanted to experience the life of a student in the U.S. so I felt that RIT’s main campus was the best choice for me. I felt prepared to experience some change from the Croatian campus life.
The main campus in Rochester offers a diverse number of classes not available at my home campus as well as many more opportunities for student life. I am currently taking some classes that are not offered at RIT Croatia, which allow me to expand my horizons and try new things.
I am amazed at all the new things I am learning each day, From learning something new in my entrepreneurship class, to new foods that I tried at Salsaritas grill (a restaurant located in Global Village). Experiencing all these new things each day confirms that my decision to participate in the Global Scholars program was the right one.
I am excited to be a contributor to the Scholar to Scholar blog and to be able to give potential Global Scholars an insight into life at RIT’s main campus in Rochester! You can contact me with any questions by e-mailing email@example.com or by liking our page, RIT Global, on Facebook.