Jasmin Cesko, a political science and international affairs dual major, spent last spring studying in Bosnia, the place of his birth. Cesko’s childhood was spent on the run, trying to out-maneuver Serbian soldiers. His father was imprisoned for a year in a Serbian concentration camp. Finally, his family left Bosnia and emigrated to the U.S. when Cesko was 10 years old. By that time, Sarajevo had changed and Cesko felt out of place and alienated.
A decade later, Cesko decided to study in Bosnia. “This was a chance to reconnect with my culture and identity so that I would no longer feel like a foreigner in my native land,” says Cesko, who devoted significant time outside his studies to reestablishing relationships with his extended family. After four months of immersion in the history and culture of Bosnia, Cesko found that, once again, he felt like a native Sarajevan.