I'm Just Happy To Be Here

By Dana Lewin

Snowy days, riding scooters with her teammates, drinking a warm cup of coffee at the campus market, going to school and volleyball. Those are just a few of the simple things that make sophomore Vanja Bukilić happy. A native of Serbia, she came to the U.S. to earn an engineering degree and to play the sport she loves while living the American dream.

With the ability to brighten every room she enters, the entire women’s volleyball team, yes all 19 of them, would say they are friends with Vanja. Even during some of the toughest moments during a match, you can catch a glimpse of her smiling to calm her teammates down.

She’s simply just happy to be here.

"She has a special connection with everyone single person on the team in a completely unique way." – teammate Lauren Witte