One of our sisters, Iva Domljan, is an international student from Mostar, Bosnia! We love having such a diverse group of girls in our sisterhood, and we’re excited that Iva has shared a little about her experience as an international student, a UF student and a Zeta.
Where are you from?
I am Croatian, but I’ve lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
What other languages do you speak?
Croatian, French and Italian.
What is it like being an international student?
Being an international student is exciting! Being thrown into a new culture away from the comfort of home is certainly challenging at times, but it’s an amazing experience and I could not be more grateful to be here. Moving so often allowed me to develop a passion for traveling and meeting new people. Fitting my life into a suitcase every few months has taught me to embrace every moment and treasure every memory.
What is something that people might not know about international students?
International students are different in the ways that they stay in touch with their culture once they move to another country. While some come to learn, others come to teach. Though I love sharing my culture and heritage, I came here to learn about a new one. I love adapting to new lifestyles!
Why did you decide to rush when you came to the University of Florida?
When I first came to America two years ago, I had no idea what sororities were. When I learned a little more about them, I knew I had to rush! I was drawn by the idea of a support system, lifelong friendship and the commitment to a shared set of values.
What has your experience as a UF Zeta been like?
I feel so much more comfortable. Now, Gainesville feels like home to me. Zeta has become the definition of my life overseas.