Dona · DNS 2018
My name is Dona, and I come from a small country named Croatia. Although, I never felt like a Croatian; I never felt like I belong anywhere. My parents would always make jokes and say I’m like a gypsy – I would hang out with everyone, no matter the background, I would go anywhere, just so I could go and feel wanderlust.
I am a person who has many interests, such as photography, painting, reading, science studies, psychology, philosophy, sports, traveling, and so on. These are my interests, but my passion is, in fact, something what I think we all have – this ‘natural instinct’ to leave an impact, to do something remarkable, change someone or something.
Through everything I’ve learned in life, I’ve come to conclusion that 70% of a person (maybe even more) is defined in very young age, and that upbringing and education here have an enormus role. That’s a huge responsibility for the ones working in educational institutions – they have a chance to leave an impact, to make a change. But, we can see that education systems in most countries are bad, and teachers are uninterested to do anything about it.
- I believe in doing something when you have the chance.
- I believe in doing something when nobody else wants to.
- I believe in being an active part of society.
- But I don’t believe in boundaries, in any kind of boundaries.
- No countries, just one world.
- I don’t believe that we, as human beings, have boundaries. Only the ones in our minds, where we put them by ourselves.
What I also strongly believe in, is individuality. It will never cease to amaze me how we are all so different, so special. We are all driven by different things, our passions are different, and our backgrounds are so diverse. Isn’t that something to be amazed by? We’re all good at different things, and we all enjoy doing different things. Imagine if we would all do the things that make us happy, the things we’re passionate about, just be our true selves.
I always remember this quote:
“Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire.“
And that’s exactly what I want to do, I want to set the world on fire. And I want to empower others to do that as well.
Yes, I want to be a teacher, and yes, I want to impact as many people as I can during their young age and transfer them passion, passion to be the best versions of themselves. That is also one of the reasons why I joined DNS. I saw my chance here and I took it, because I know that I need to be a different kind of teacher if I want to achieve this. I know I need to be brave, do the things nobody else wants to.
So, my name is Dona and I come from a small country named Croatia. I’m just a small individual in this vast world, but my intentions are big. So, Will you set the world on fire together with me?
More Humans of DNS
I hope DNS will teach me the essential pedagogical skills that I will need in order to become the effective activist that I want to become, who uses education as a tool of mobilisation.
I feel it’s a key point to keep questioning what has been considered a norm. I would like to immerse myself into what we assume about learning and teaching and search for alternatives.
I have decided to join DNS for many reasons – one being that after my many adventures I have come to realise how important education is and that it plays a key role in societal change.
Theresa Link graduated from DNS in 2012. She has worked as a social educator and teacher in Denmark and Germany. Music and performance art are some of her passions.
My passion for learning makes me invest quite some time in finding out new things, new ways and new processes and, of course, my passion for learning made me become a teacher.
“Education must empower us to lead our own life, develop social connections, lift people up and bring them together. It must minimize the chances of being manipulated or becoming actors in someone else’s play.”