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Graduate Student from Bosnia Travels Across the World to Make Her Mark at Centenary College

10/09/2013, 11:20 AM

Hackettstown, N.J., – Centenary College alumna and graduate student Jelena Markovic made a difficult, but rewarding decision when she was in high school.  She decided that she would attend Centenary College in New Jersey and in the United States, which was very far from her hometown in Bosnia!

Centenary College Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Dinu Dan saw a DVD of Markovic playing Volleyball that she sent to him, as a result of her friends’ recommendations who have studied and played Volleyball in the United States.  Coach Dan was impressed with her skills and encouraged her to apply to Centenary and play on the Volleyball team.  She decided that it was an option that she wanted to pursue.

“This was a great opportunity,” says Markovic.  “It was scary for myself and my family, as I had never traveled to the United States, but it definitely appealed to me.  I knew other friends who had traveled to the United States for a college education, so that made me feel more comfortable.  I am so glad I decided to do it because it made me more independent and definitely boosted my self-esteem!”


Markovic cites Skype as being a wonderful resource to keep her connected to her family members.  She also visits her family every summer.

Markovic graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  During her career as a Volleyball player, she was honored with many accolades.  They included being named the 2013 New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Woman of the Year; being named a three-time Centenary College Academic Excellence Award winner; 2009 Colonial States Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year; and 2011 Colonial States Athletic Conference Player of the Year.    She is also one of 140 female student-athletes from all NCAA divisions to be nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year.

“Jelena was one of the best female Volleyball student-athletes ever at Centenary College," says Coach Dan.

Markovic is now enrolled in Centenary College’s Master of Business Administration program and is a graduate intern in the Information Technology Department.  Her responsibilities include organizing the inventory of computers, troubleshooting faculty, staff and student computer issues, and general customer service.  She was offered a graduate position at another university, but she decided she wanted to continue her studies at Centenary because of the small class sizes and close-knit environment.

What is in store for Markovic when she graduates in May 2016?  Academia seems to be a passion for her.  Whatever the case, however, she is sure to be a success!

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary
College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college
distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body.  Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest
New Jersey.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.

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