Marija Ilievska

Interview of the month: Marija Ilievska

Meet Marija: youth ambitious girl with a passion for law, traveling, and volunteering.

Tell us something about yourself: who is  Marija Ilievska and what is she/he doing?

My name is Marija, I am 19 years old. I am a first-year law student at the university in Skopje, and also a youth activist. Besides the studies, my goal is to work for the well of the youth and help others become inspiring young people, eager to explore their dreams and goals. 

On how many youth projects have you participated so far, and what have you learned from the experience?

I have participated in 4 youth projects, all of them youth exchanges. I can say, for all of the projects, that those weeks were just so amazing and unforgettable. I have always wanted to be involved in such projects where I can meet lots of different people, hear different opinions and share our experience and learn something new and interesting on some specific topic. And I think that all of these things as experience, friendships, lifetime memories and knowledge are the things I have brought back home with me.

Explain your Erasmus+ experience in 3 words.

Unforgettable, inspiring and amazing.

What was the most interesting moment you had while on an Erasmus+ project?

I honestly can’t just take one moment that was the best, there were a lot of funny, interesting and amazing moments we’ve shared on every project. But if I have to choose, I really love all the excitement and fun when playing the “secret friend” game. 

What is your favorite traditional food you have tried while participating on a project and where?

I am a big fan of sweet things so my favorite new food I tried on a youth exchange is Turkish sweet (like cotton candy) “Pismaniye”.

Which part from Erasmus+ inspired you to do what you are doing now?

Besides just being a regular student at my university, since this month I am an active member of the students parliament of the faculty, and I can say that my Erasmus + experience has inspired me and had great influence on that matter. Because I have learnt that only with your voice and activism you can change the things that bother you, in your nearest environment and in society.

How the knowledge/skills/attitudes acquired from participation in youth projects have been beneficial for you?

I think that from every experience and every new contact you make in your life you can learn something new, and I am really glad that I have participated in such good projects that besides all the good friendships, traveling and fun times, I have learnt a lot about different people and their opinions and lifestyle and really important, a lot about the topics the projects are about. 

What’s your passion in life?

My biggest passion in life is to achieve everything I have always dreamed about, which is after finishing my studies to become a lawyer, standing by the law and justice and proving that we are not just some country forever fighting for justice and never getting it. 

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I am proud of the person I am right now, of the things that I am doing in the moment so I a can be even more proud one day. I am proud that I am studying the thing that I love and that I  have found myself there.

How this Covid 19 time has affected your life, and what have you done to grow during this year?

The pandemic has affected many of our lives and mine in many ways. Because of the pandemic I didn’t finish my last high school days like every other generation, didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to all of those memories and in some sort we didn’t get the right closure. 

Also I couldn’t , and still can’t, start my first year of university properly, I am really disappointed because I have always waited for these moments, especially the first ones when you get to meet a lot of new people, make new friends and become a part of a totally different world. 

I really hope that this madness is going to end soon and we will continue with our normal lives.

What would you say to motivate other young people to take part in youth projects? 

I really want to encourage you to take every chance you have to participate in as many as possible projects, because the experience and memories you’ll get there, stay with you for lifetime. 

 I just want to say “go for it!”.. go for every wish you have, go for every dream you have and take your life in your hands. The situation we are in now is a great proof why we don’t need to wait for the moment and wait for something to just come to us.