Hi everyone! I am Vanesa Stavileci, a Global Scholar from RIT Kosovo. I’m a senior and I’ll be graduating at the end of this semester. I plan to walk in commencement both in Rochester and in Pristina. I am thrilled to have been given this amazing chance of experiencing what is like to study abroad, live the ‘American’ student life, and rip the lifetime benefits that getting an education at RIT offers.
This is not my first time living in the U.S. Three years ago, I got the opportunity to join the Work and Travel USA Program. Through the program I got placed to work in two different jobs in Ocean City, Maryland for four months. It was very challenging for me, it was the first time I was away from home and my family, I was very young and working two jobs every day! Although I was out of my comfort zone, the experienced of living by myself and taking care of myself was invaluable.
My family is originally from Gjakova, but my parents moved to Italy in 1993. I was born in Milan and lived there for 5 years. After that, we moved back to Pristina and have lived there ever since.
The moment I finished high school, I immediately knew that I wanted to attend RIT Kosovo, one of the best universities in the region. I was advised by my parents to pursue a degree in Management and that’s what I ended up doing, and of course, loving it. My parent are the regional representatives of an Italian retailer company of hosiery and underwear, my plan is to join the family business as soon as I graduate. My major now is Multidisciplinary Studies, with concentrations on both Management and Economics, and an immersion in International Relations.
I am very outgoing and I like to have an active social life. I enjoy my free time to the fullest and like to spend it with my family and loved ones. I like reading romantic novels, singing, watching comedy movies and tv shows (crazy F.r.i.e.n.d.s fan alert), and going to cafes. As for sports, I love playing table tennis, hiking in the mountains, and swimming. Last but not least, my favorite kind of food is pasta, which I very much love and never get sick of eating it no matter how often I have it!
I hope to share with you a glimpse of my experience as a Global Scholar!