Daria Marjanović

When you try to squeeze your Humphrey Fellowship experience into a minimum of words and pictures, you have a big problem. But there is as much pleasure in it, for it makes thousands of wonderful memories pop up in your mind. So, I gave names to my five highlighted photos to reflect their fullest general meaning while telling a personal story.

CHALLENGE

All the “out of the comfort zone” jobs done and homework wrapped up, here comes the reward! I almost envy myself to have been so close to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a Global Leadership Forum in Washington DC, and to legendary Senator John McCain during his victory in the local elections in Arizona. Will I ever be good enough to prove I deserved it?

RESPECT
Travelling is my passion, and in the USA, I have just six more states to cover. It was of the utmost importance to come to Lakewood Cemetery in Minnesota and visit the gravesite of Hubert Humphrey, to whom we all owe so much.

LOVE
Along with professional development, one of my favorite program activities was community work. Here with Mongolian Fellow Khanda, on a pet farm in Phoenix, with just a bit different kids. Love this photo!

DIFFERENCE
The word used in so many different ways, and it always sounds good: embrace difference, respect for difference, make a difference. And have fun doing something completely different, such as riding horses on Camelback Mountain, looking at two Pakistani cowboys in front.

CHANGE That was the name of Arizona State University’s Humphrey Generation One website my final project for the class Advanced Online Media, that all the fellows participated in. And after the Humphrey year, the biggest task given to me to achieve was to transform a traditional HRT public radio channel, the Voice of Croatia into a multimedia operation, which is now going on fine without me, as if it had always been that way. While I am riding towards new challenges…

It surely was hard to put up with all the professional challenges during my Humphrey year.
It was even harder to re-invent myself when back home.

The hardest part, though, is to keep those two persons walking together. But it was worthy every second of it. And it still is!

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