Marina Kojić

Marina Kojić

Marina has been a debater since long before she joined DKWien this year or before first speaking in a competitive debate. She feels affected by social and political issues of local and global importance, and often studies the news. Sometimes she wonders why it is such an urge for her to logically scrutinise the events around her and to think about arguments that are presented to her. She believes that it is an inner longing for freedom that drives her in that direction, and that debating helps a human being gain sovereignty over its decisions. The ability to and the act of scrutinising the world around her gives Marina reassurance that she is not at the mercy of others’ opinions. Debating for humanity is a road towards a world in which racism is out of the question, because it has no logical foundation, and because debating is a way on which to lead people to logical argumentation.

Marina would not idly wait after she has mastered a challenge. Rather she herself would knock on opportunity’s door: Getting to know new people, travel and adapt to a new surroundings, or learn to speak a new language. No surprise therefore she is not content with speaking English, German, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and Spanish, but will soon take on learning French and Russian as well. She studies International Business at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her hunger for success drives her in her work for Vienna EUDC, writing funding applications and looking to raise the national media’s attention to the event. Such a huge, more than two-year long project is separated in so many parts and phases that its overall success is sometimes difficult to spot, when for example both funding and printing a brochure depend on each other, but should also make each other possible in the first place. For a perfect Vienna EUDC, everyone needs to say that they are eventually satisfied, participants, media partners, sponsors and the organisers. For the OrgCom, among a mixture of factors resilience and persistence will be heavily important. Success in terms of the participants could be stated if after the event, they say that Vienna Euros made them think about the world in a way that they have never done before. And whether the say if it was a really cool tournament.

After a brief moment of void after the competition, it will be exactly that said persistence of DKWien that decides how the flame ignited by Vienna EUDC will be passed on. Nobody else will say, “Let’s debate!“ out of the blue. The next generation of students will need the right tools of thought and expression to protect themselves, and their city of beautiful Vienna, against the threats to social and political peace. Set sail!

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