I am a girl coming from an undeveloped country in Southeastern Europe called Montenegro. Now I know a lot of you haven’t heard of it and that’s okay because we are one of the youngest countries in the world. Our history was complicated and among other events, in 1999 we were bombarded and I can still remember how genuinely scared I was whenever I would hear the sirens warning us to go somewhere safe until the attack was over. But what is “safe”? What does it mean? There was no such a place. For me that meant being near my family, hearing people who used to say that things were going to be okay while their voice was trembling, their palms were sweating and their eyes couldn’t stop looking outside, fearing for another evil plane in the sky. That picture is still vividly dwelling somewhere in my brain and it makes me really sad and unsafe whenever I think of it.
Since I was younger I developed this crazy love for English language while watching Cartoon Network and I ended up graduating from University in the field of English language and literature with flying colors.
I’ve always wanted to go out, see what was out there since I constantly had this feeling that what my country was offering was not enough for someone who was trying to test their limits. And I was right. First I was an exchange student twice thanks to the scholarships I obtained from EU and then last summer I went for a working program in California and discovered that piece of heaven. My mind was completely blown up. I heard so many stories and stereotypes about that huge country but what I felt during my stay there none of it turned out to be true. I was simply in love with the place. And while living on my own, far away from home, I learned to get by on my own. I learned to lean on me and to be adventurous. Most of all I learned to be open-minded.
Now I am back home. In November I saw that the Department of State offers opportunities for people like me, who want to get some professional experience in the USA. The program is very good, I would get an internship at the American company that would help me get some real life experience in my field of study – the experience I cannot get here since English is only spoken rarely as a foreign language. That is why I made this campaign. I am eligible for the program but it’s very expensive. I would have to pay for the agency to find the placement for me and then I would have to pay for the sponsor agency to deal with my visa. I would need a great amount of money for everything to work out. But I believe it’s doable. Life has taught me that “no” is not an answer. I think that once I am done with the training I will come back home with a great amount of experience that will help me further and make it possible for me to invest in myself. I want to explore myself and see who I am. This is one of the ways to do so. I want to test my abilities and come out stronger. What do you think?
Thank you for your time!