When he leaves the Nikšić Gymnasium, the high school graduate Pavle Vulanović will forever leave the Montenegrin education system. He says that his home university never sounded tempting, forcing him Vulanović to find a way to move, reports Vijesti on March 26, 2018.
"I applied for the New York University in Abu Dhabi who offered me a full scholarship. They have students from over 115 countries, which means there will be people from all continents who speak different languages," Vulanović said.
He is ready for the challenge, and at its disposal, he will have the financial support of $80,000 per year - for tuition, return tickets during summer and winter breaks, accommodation, food and books. He will study chemistry in which he won state competitions over the years.
"I am mostly excited, but there is also a little fear because I have so many options now that I'm afraid that I will not be able to get all of them. One of the things that are of interest to me is global education - they merge different interests to solve the same problems, so there are classes which will be about chemistry, some in mathematics and biology, and we will solve global problems from different angles," says Vulanović.
For future high school students who also dream of studying abroad, he has advice.
"If they like something in these areas, they should compare their knowledge, because such faculties around the world are looking for evidence and proof that you are serious about what you are doing," Vulanović said.
The success in chemistry qualified him to represent Montenegro at the International Chemical Olympiad in Thailand last year, and this year this will be done in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Pavle does not neglect his social life and says that the key is in good organization.
"I can finish the competition, school, and even this application for college, and I still get to train and get out with friends," Vulanović said.
Though he will be going far, his family and friends recognize that this is for his good, and are giving him full support.
"I sincerely plan to stay there because of much greater opportunities in the field of science. Nevertheless, New York University is the largest independent university center in America - it is one of the largest," added Vulanović.
He notes that his generation mostly plans to study in Podgorica and Belgrade, not knowing about the numerous options for studying in Europe, America and the Emirates. Therefore, he invites them to explore and invest in a better future.
This article was translated from an article by Dijana Blagojević on Vijesti.me: High school senior from Nikšić continues his education in Abu Dhabi: I am ready for the challenge