My name is Veljko Ristić and I'm 21 years old. I'm currently enrolled at the University of Belgrade (Republic of Serbia, Southeast Europe), majoring in international affairs.
When I was 16 years old I have been awarded a scholarship by the state department to become an exchange student to the U.S. for a full academic year. During this time I was an "ambassador" of Serbia, sharing my culture, history and language and as well being part of American culture and an American family. My life has been completely changed after this experience and thank to it, I have learned to believe in myself and found a new and profound understanding of who I was and what I wanted to do. Today is no different and that is why I'm asking for aid.
Iacocca Global Village is a program for young leaders from more than 35 different countries, with a focus on leadership, business and entrepreneurship (more on the program can be found here https://global.lehigh.edu/iacocca/globalvillage ). As an international relations student I have the utmost interest in the world of business and hence my desire to be part of this gathering. As an alum of the ASMYLE/FLEX exchange program, I applied for Global Village and received a scholarship to attend it. Although I was given the honor of receiving a scholarship for this incredible program, due to insufficient funds, I am not able to provide for a plane ticket and food during the stay, which the scholarship doesn’t cover.
Ever since I was elected to become a representative of my country in the Telenor Youth Forum, in which we are combating global issues with the partnership of the Nobel Peace Center, I have been getting more and more interested in the world of business and since my Faculty does not provide enough knowledge and practical education on that matter, I find this program to be crucial for my future development and career opportunities.
Coming from Serbia, where the average salary is around 400$, I'm not able to provide for myself for this amazing and one of a kind opportunity. I believe that everyone should be given a chance and that current circumstances and lack of finance should not affect my dreams and hard work.
On my LinkedIN account you can find a lot more (and detailed) information on what I'm doing and will be doing in the future ( Here is the link https://www.linkedin.com/in/veljko-ristić-285917103 )
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