From Fashion to the UN
Posted 02/22/2017 12:00PM

Ana Serenac '06

Ana Sarenac '06 spent much of her time at TASIS intrigued by both the environmental sciences and economics, and is currently working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supporting the Serbian government in reforming public administration.

Ana graduated with honors in 2010 from the European Business School London, and her studies included a year abroad at Universita Cattolica (the Catholic University) del Sacro Cuore in Milan. During summer breaks, she was involved in a variety of internship programs in Belgrade, Serbia, including work with small, family-owned businesses in retail and hospitality. She then set up her own business, which represented several cosmetics brands from the UK and included a flagship store in the Belgrade city center. She began her master’s degree in 2012 and graduated in May 2016 with an M.A. in Economics from Singidunum University in Belgrade. It was during her master’s studies that she was a research assistant and co-author of academic articles and studies, and she also began her work as a UNDP consultant. Her current role has her working in the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister of Serbia.

I envy the students who are now there. My time at TASIS is one of the nicest memories I have.

Once at university, Ana began to experience the benefits of a TASIS education. “I realized that when I entered uni because I knew more than other students in my class,” she said, noting that teaching methods such as analyzing newspaper articles and real-world sources helped to give her a more rounded perspective for analytical thinking in university courses. "And sharing rooms, dorms, and classrooms with so many other international students helped me grasp all different customs and cultures,” she added

Ana credits TASIS with shaping where her life has led. “It prepared me academically very well but also in many more ways. It is such a valuable experience and such a unique place I would gladly visit again and again and again. I know it has changed a lot since I left, for the better, and I envy the students who are now there. My time at TASIS is one of the nicest memories I have.”

Ana may just be continuing the legacy in her own family; her first daughter is due in November 2016. “I would love if my child decided to go to TASIS," she said. "I would support that decision 100 percent.”

This article was originally published in TASIS Today in the fall of 2016.

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