SI Alumni Profile: Iva Cvjeticanin, Serbia

Name: Iva Cvjeticanin

Country: Serbia

When, where & what did you study in Sweden?

I completed a master’s degree in Economic Growth, Innovation and Spatial Dynamics at the School of Economics and Management, Lund University. I enrolled in August 2011 and graduated in June 2013.Where are you now?

For the last two and a half years I have been working for Tetra Pak Design Hub Department in Gornji Milanovac, Serbia. My current position is Design Hub Coordinator.

How did you get there (as in working for a Swedish Company)?

After graduating in June 2013, I moved back to Serbia, but I had a strong desire to stay in touch with Sweden somehow. My wish was to find a job in a Swedish company since I knew that working conditions at Swedish firms are very good. I have applied to various places for internships and jobs and in the end I got employed by Tetra Pak in Serbia. Getting a job in Tetra Pak made me happy for many reasons, but one of them was that it reminded me of Lund.

Tell us about your experience as SI Alumni?

First of all, I would like to say how thankful I am to be given an opportunity to study in Sweden! I still remember the day (and the date J ) I got the e-mail with the awesome news that I got the scholarship. As an SI scholarship holder, I feel like I have a family that is taking a good care of me in this country where I knew no one when I arrived. There was always a person I could contact for questions, advice, suggestions etc. In addition, SI has given us various opportunities to meet new people, attend interesting conferences, to travel around Sweden and get to know Swedish culture.

What are you hopes for the SI Alumni Network for the future?

My hopes are that SI Alumni Network will develop and grow with time. I hope that more and more students will get this great opportunity that will enrich their both professional and personal lives.Anything else you’d like to share with the SI Alumni Network?

My advice to all potential and current SI scholarship holders is not to miss any event organized by SI. I decided to skip the first kick-off event organized for new scholarship holders in Stockholm because of University deadlines and later in time I realized that was not a very wise decision.

Please describe what impact the SI scholarship has had on your life.

In short, SI scholarship was really a life-changing opportunity for me. I gained new skills, a high quality education and long-lasting relationships. It was my first time in Sweden and in two years I had enough time to get to know Swedish culture, to understand it and even to apply some habits in my daily routines (like riding a bike and recycling  J ). Living in Sweden made me aware of how people from different parts of the world differ and that we need to have understanding and appreciation for each other. All these experiences are priceless for me.

What I’ll miss about Sweden

Since I moved from Sweden three years ago, there is a growing number of things that I miss. It’s not the big things that I am missing necessarily, rather ordinary daily activities. I miss riding a bike in Lund’s streets in spring and summer when nature is beautiful and everybody is out enjoying sun. I miss the openness of Swedish culture and the “there is no fuss/stress” spirit. Also, I miss kanelbullar and bryggkaffe.What I won’t miss about Sweden

I am definitely not missing the darkness during winter and the rain! J

What’s your best recommendation to new students in Sweden?

Take the most of your stay in Sweden‼ Study, travel, meet new people, find Swedish friends, enjoy international environment and cuisine, go out to the nature, do sports, shop in IKEA…make it the best year/two of your lives.