Student Spotlight - Marija Ilievska
Written and photo by: Denise Nguyen
As seen in the September 2019 issue of Lazy Faire magazine
Meet Marija Ilievska: you might know her as a former cohort rep, a third-year Accounting student, an avid event planner, or another friendly face in the campus hallways. With an ambition for being a part of something bigger, her passion for event planning and community involvement continues as she leads this year’s Rocky Mountain Business Seminar.
Marija shares with Lazy Faire her thoughts, her plans, and what she’s looking forward to in the year ahead.
What are some of your goals this year?
For RMBS, I want to facilitate a great experience for my team, kind of like what I got when I was on the team [myself]. I think you work a lot during the year and you see the payoff. I want to see that payoff in my team, and see how much you really learn and grow over the course of the year. In school, my goal is to keep myself engaged with my schoolwork.
What makes you so passionate about the things you do?
I like routine, and I like to be “go-go-go”. I don’t know what to do with myself when I don't have anything to do. I like to push myself and challenge myself. When I do a lot of things, I make sure I’m passionate about them. I don’t do it for the sake of doing it; I always try to put my whole heart into it.
What’s one of your proudest achievements as an ASOB student?
The events I've done. I was amazed at these older, mature students who had achieved so much, so I got really inspired. I wanted to foster and create that in other people, so I applied for Ignite to create that first-weekend experience.
I’m really glad that there are people excited to continue Ignite’s legacy.
Yeah! I think a lot of people see those weekends- like RMBS and Ignite- as a way to push themselves out of their comfort zone. I want these experiences to show that this community does this.
What would you tell your first-year self?
To not be scared. When I got accepted to be cohort rep, I was very hesitant - I was like, “I don’t know if I can handle this.” Don’t doubt yourself and just go for it, because it has led to so many more opportunities and made me grow as a person - even if it’s not 100 percent of what you expect or want it to be.
Do you think you’ve changed a lot since you first year of business?
I’ve grown and pushed myself to do things that I didn’t think I would ever want or plan to do. Even when I applied to be cohort rep, I was saying, “I could never do that. I could never be that person who stands in front of the classroom.” Then I did it. I saw how easy it was to push myself. I just kept on trying more things. I don’t really know - I really matured in that sense, in terms of trying new things.
You’re an accounting major, but you used to major in MIS. How did you decide to make that change?
I took over a small bookkeeping position, just on the weekends. I realized some of the MIS ways of teaching and applications weren’t really suited to my style. I was thinking back to when I was taking my accounting classes and how much I kind of like to struggle through problems. That’s my way of learning- practicing problems. Accounting is a better-suited major for me.
Could I also add on another piece of advice to my first-year self?
Don’t worry about having it all figured out. It stressed me out a lot to get everything on the right path, to get it right in three years. But there’s no rush. I still don’t have everything figured out, but I know it’ll kind of happen by itself the way it needs to.
Any last words?
I think I'm an example of someone who has spent so much time in Business and given it a lot of my attention. But, it’s so important to have stuff outside of it. I’m learning, especially this year, that it comes to an end. There are so many more things out there. Definitely use the things we’ve learned, and take every learning experience and every challenge you’ve faced, outside of your life. I love talking to people who are worried about getting involved, so if anyone wants to come see me, come talk to me.