Ylberina Morina Mala ’03
At the age of 17, I was given the opportunity to travel to the United States from my home country of Kosovo and complete my senior year at The Master’s School in Connecticut. I knew that there was no other country in the world that would make my dream come true. I was able to study in a well-established private school in the land of opportunity, the United States of America. I spent my senior year there and absolutely enjoyed every single experience, both in and out of school. Thanks to the goodwill of the Harden Family who welcomed me into their home, to the Covenant Presbyterian Church community for sponsoring my education, to the Master’s School Staff and Faculty for believing in me, and to many kind-hearted friends who made my days memorable, I was able to pursue a high-quality education in the U.S. I also believe that I, as one of the first international students at The Master’s School, enriched and added value to the TMS community by helping to broaden others’ perspectives and understanding of different countries, culture, food, and community.
After graduating from The Master’s School, I returned to Kosovo and earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Entrepreneurship and Management with a concentration in Public Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus in Kosovo. I also went on to earn an MSc Degree in Professional Studies with a concentration on Service Management from the same university.
I now have more than ten years of working experience in private and non-profit organizations, mainly in the education sector. I have had the opportunity to work with different international organizations, including leading a $3 mil project with USAID which helped Kosovo youth improve the likelihood of success in attending universities in the United States. I currently work as a Development and Alumni Engagement Specialist, where I support my institution in fundraising and alumni activities. I am a proud mother of Diella and Art, with whom I fondly share stories of my time at TMS. I hope that one day soon I will be able to once again visit The Master’s School and reconnect with everyone that made my senior year unforgettable.