Since I was a child, I was always very committed to learning. One of my favorite things to do as an adolescent and teenager was to read interesting literature. I remember having abridged versions even as a small child of great classics such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Call of the Wild. This inspired me to think in vivid and active ways. This approach to life remains with me to this day. I believe that actively reading about the world around us is a key to success. Staying informed about current and relevant issues is a necessary component of being an involved citizen of the world.
My education and natural curiosity have taken me to many different places and settings. I like to travel and have traveled to several places, mostly in Europe, North America and Latin America. Every day, I continue to observe and be fascinated by the world around me. I enjoy working with students who have a commitment to education and who are looking to improve their critical thinking and scholarship!
My love of education has translated to success in certain endeavors. Currently, I am a PhD Student at Rutgers University. I am studying Political Science with a focus on comparative politics and women and politics. I am writing a dissertation on women's political participation in Eastern Europe. I also have a Masters Degree in Global Affairs from New York University.
I graduated summa cum laude from NYU. At NYU, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. State Department. As a result, I moved to Serbia, where I lived and did research on women in politics for one year. This was an extremely positive and rewarding experience for me. Before NYU, I obtained a BA in Political Science from the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College. I received the degree cum laude. At Queens College, I was a student senator for one year and a member of the water polo team for two years.
I have a strong commitment to learning about and teaching global affairs, political science, reading, writing and some math subjects. Last year, I was a Teaching Assistant for two noted Rutgers professors. I assisted in teaching an introductory Political Science course. We covered great thinkers ranging from Niccolo Machiavelli to Fyodor Dostoevsky. This year, I am teaching an introductory writing course at Rutgers. The course emphasizes expanding and improving the conceptual and analytical skills of Rutgers first-year students. I have a flexible and tolerant teaching style but I do expect my students to learn and improve. I have high standards for them and myself.
My main goal as a teacher or tutor is to instill a sense of purpose and curiosity within my students. I hope to help them view the world around them as an open and exciting place, one that can improve only if we continue to educate and inspire a critical group in our society-- our youth.
Outside of academia and education, I love watching and playing sports. I am a big fan of the professional tennis circuit (Go Djokovic!), the NBA and the WNBA. I also am a fan of artespecially painting and photography. I enjoy taking pictures of the city I was born in called Kotor, Montenegro. It is a picturesque, seaside city on the coast of Montenegro, on the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Thank you for reading all about me, I look forward to working with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Queens College - Bachelor in Arts, Political Science and Government
Graduate Degree: New York University - Master of Arts, International Relations