Student Spotlight – Aida Dizdarevic
Aida Dizdarevic is in her third quarter at Antioch University Santa Barbara studying communication and media. Aida brings a variety of experience and unique expertise to her classes because in addition to traveling the world, Aida hand makes one-of-a-kind dresses for any occasion and she never makes the same dress twice. She plans to use her education to grow her dressmaking business and apply her studies in the fashion industry. She explains that taking classes in communications has helped her work better with clients and has given her the basics for running her own company with clients all around the world.
Aida is from a small city in southern Sweden called Malmo. Her brother wanted the opportunity to live in California so he moved to Santa Barbara and began study at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC ). which was a definite change of pace from southern Sweden. Her brother loved it so much, he convinced Aida to visit and she was hooked as well. Aida completely fell in love with Santa Barbara in 2014 and started at Santa Barbara City College in the fall of 2015. Aida says it was an absolute blessing to have her brother there to get her settled in a completely new world.
After two years of studying communication at SBCC she started looking for her next educational endeavor, especially seeing as she wanted to stay in Santa Barbara. With AUSB’s large population of international students, Aida found the university inviting and flexible after reaching out to some friends that attended AUSB already and strongly recommended it. To her delight, her fellow classmates were right.
“There are many classes that I would recommend to future students,” said Aida. “One of my favorites was an online class called History of Globalization and Intercultural Communication. Professor Oliviera is amazing and she has a lot of knowledge in her field of expertise.”
Antioch offers a variety of class formats to match any students learning style and busy schedule, online classes as well as hybrid classes that meet five times in a 10-week quarter. Aida enjoys her face-to-face class time, but she appreciates the flexibility AUSB offers.