Interview of the Month: Ana Trajkovska

Meet Ana, financial management graduate, accountant, a model with a passion for Latin dances.

Tell us something about yourself: who is Ana and what is she doing?
Hello! My name is Ana, and I am graduated student at the Faculty of Economics- Skopje. After the wonderful uni days I was really luck to join an accounting team and work for Swedish company. The team-work full-fills me and I enjoy all the tasks.
Apart of it, I do modeling in my spare time, for 10 years already, and it gives me the chance to show my creative side and get different experience every time.
Since a child, I have been involved in sports such as: volleyball, cross running, hiking, zumba and Latin dances.

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

I’ve participated in only one project. It was held in Lithuania and the project name was: Yes Love, where we learned how to develop skills in order to overcome the hate between people, hate speech, racism and raise awareness for equality and justice.
This was a very special experience for me, because we got the chance to express ourselves regarding the topic, share our opinions and very personal experiences, support and comfort each other.
Some conclusions were made during an activities, presentations and games.
As a real prove for the beauty of the diversity were the cultural nights that we had every single night.

Explain your Erasmus+ experience in 3 words.
Unique, Meaningful, Unforgettable

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

So many, really difficult to choose, but I would say, that night when we gathered by the bonfire, singing songs on every language that we knew, or thought we know. Everyone was happy and euphoric, dancing together, sharing blankets, taking pictures etc,
I really felt like we were a family. It was so authentic, night I couldn’t imagine would be so memorable.

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

Every cuisine has its own special flavors, and every stomach chooses its favorites. Respect to all of them, but I would choose the Czech vegetables soup and the Czech delights: Ceska pralinka and Studentska chocolate.

Which part from Erasmus+ inspired you to do what you are doing now?
The challenges we had in the games. Each member of the team had to contribute, so we get to the highest score.
Accepting the challenge and put your entire energy and focus on the task, dedication to achievements.
I am a team player by nature, but those team games showed me the real strength of working together, that i use now as an employee in a team.
I feel inspired as well to take every new challenge as an opportunity for personal growth, self-satisfaction and in some situations society useful.

How the knowledge/skills/attitudes aquired from participation in youth projects have been beneficial for you?
Beside the things that i learned connected to the subject of the project, i think my biggest benefit is the new friendships. Meeting new and young people is inspiring by itself. We are full with positiveness, energy, curiosity for every area of life, supportive, helpful and kind. Surrounded by many smiling faces, spending the best days of my life, creating memories that last forever is the most beneficial thing a young person can have.

What’s your passion in life?

As an enthusiastic person, i challenge myself in achievements in different areas. My biggest passion is when i start with something, whatever it is, to see it for myself, how far i can go, and where do i get. The results are my biggest motivation, but most important for me is to enjoy while doing it. Love whatever you choose to do, and it would come back to you with much greater love.

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

Thankfully, my family and i didn’t have any health issues during this pandemic. If affects my life in points that affect most of the young people. We have to keep distance with people and friends that we love, but thanks to the technology we keep in touch. I work from home now, which i find really nice, and my leisure time i mostly dedicate to myself, physically and mentally. Home exercises, online language courses, reading books.. Of course, time spent with my parents is the most precious. Additional is cleaning the house, haha!

What would you say to motivate other young people to take part in youth projects?
Ill strongly recommend at least one try. It is enough to discover the tons of benefits it has, starting from generating communicational skills, ability to speak on many different topics, analyses, facing worlds problems from other perspective, taking actions to make significant changes, travelling, meeting new cultures, friends, discovering talents you weren’t aware that you had and many many more.