Alumni Spotlight: Kosovo

Sofije Zenuni, Global UGRAD Alumni Spring 2020
Sofije Zenuni

My name is Sofije Zenuni and I am from Kosovo. I studied international business at Iliria College in Kosovo and I graduated in June 2020. I’m lucky to call myself an alumna of Global UGRAD 2020 at Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont.

Sofije Zenuni at Castleton University
Sofije Zenuni at Castleton University

When I first applied for this scholarship, I had no doubt that there were better candidates who deserved it more than I did. I wasn’t sure that I would get in. But it was a dream come true!

While most of us don’t want to wake up from a good dream, I got the opportunity to live my dream at Castleton, where I met my amazing roommate, Eloim, who is from Haiti and with whom I still keep in touch. I made a lot of other friends who became family and who took care of each other during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global UGRAD at Castleton University in Spring 2020
Global UGRAD at Castleton University in Spring 2020

My experience in the United States, even though it had its ups and downs because of COVID-19, was an amazing and enriching experience. It taught me a lot about people and the world. Even though I was the only Kosovar at Castleton University, everyone there made me feel like I was at home. It was the home I longed for and that made it the best adventure of my life. It gave me a purpose and it changed my life for the better.

Hiking Zone- Kosovo
Hiking Zone, Kosovo

After coming back to Kosovo, I finished my studies and continued working for the community. I became a manager of Hiking Zone (Mountain Association in Ferizaj) and co-founded the non-formal group “Terra,” the main goal of which is raising awareness about protecting the Earth and keeping a cleaner environment.

Global UGRAD has brought out the best in me and has given me the greatest experience of my life!

Sofije Zenuni with Hiking Zone- Kosovo
Sofije Zenuni with Hiking Zone, Kosovo