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Hello everyone,

My name is Adnan Mackovic and I am a sophomore English/Secondary Education major.  I come from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a small European country at the Adriatic Sea.  If you are wondering how I got here, I will tell you the story when I meet you because it is kind of a long story.

I came to Saint John’s (and USA) a year ago, and I can tell you that leaving family and home and coming to the strange country was not easy at all.  There were a lot of challenges that I had to face with language, new culture, FOOD…etc, especially in the first semester. The good thing about Saint John’s and Saint Ben’s is that everyone is very supportive and helpful, so one cannot feel neglected and forgotten.

I met a lot of new people, from all over the world, we share our traditions with each other, enjoy on the opportunity to learn something about each other, and support each other – which matters the most.

I went home to Bosnia this summer and it was great but then I realized that I started (unconsciously) referring to SJU as “home” also (which, of course, my mom didn’t like at all).  I hope you will have the same experience I have had and that you will start referring to SJU/CSB as your second home.

I can’t wait to meet all of you, and if you need anything feel free to call me at #2888 or #2889, or write me an email at [email protected].

All the Best!!!


Hi! My name is Ka Youa Vang and I am a sophomore social work major.  As a part of my life experience, I love working with people to help them have a better life. I was born in Laos but my ethnicity is Hmong. Right now my family lives in Minneapolis and as a resident here at CSB/SJU, I have learned many good things such as: meeting awesome people just like you, having the opportunity to participate in study abroad (because studying in London is one of my biggest goals), involvement in sports, and many more things that you can do for fun and education at the same time.  Personally, as a human, I admit that at some points I might seem like a person who does not talk much or get involved much. But, once you and I get to know each other better, I can talk forever and sometimes there are just so many things that we can talk and share about in life.  However, one piece of advice for all of you is that no matter how hard it is, DON’T GIVE UP! If others can do it, you can do it too. There is nothing in this world that you cannot do unless you don’t try. All it takes is believing in yourself and your effort.  I look forward to working with all of you and don’t hesitate to contact me by phone #6158 or email [email protected].  Thank You!

Ka Youa Vang

I’m John Abston and I am a Senior here at CSB/SJU.  My Father is in the US Army, which makes me an “Army Brat”.  I travel often and always have throughout my life, because of the Army.  My mother is Corean (and speaks English pretty well) and my Father is straight out of the Tennessee country.  I have lived in Seoul, South Corea for 10 years and about the same in the U.S.  Except, in the U.S., I live down south where the HOT sun is more familiar to me.  I joined the Multicultural Student Academic Advising team two years ago in hopes that I could be a guide to students in a similar situation as myself, being far from my home and culture, hoping my experiences and ability to communicate on a personal level would be beneficial to the team.  It’s been great working with the team because they are hard workers and I’m hoping my last year will be even better tan the first two.  Bless.

John G. Abston

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