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Ozren Jungic, who graduates with two concurrent degrees, is now studying at for a master’s degree in modern European history at Oxford University.

SFU ‘like home’ for double-degree undergrad

October 7, 2010

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Ozren Jungic has spent so much time at SFU it’s as if the Burnaby campus is his second home.

And that’s not far from the truth. Jungic and his family fled to Canada from war-torn Bosnia in 1992 when he was four years old, and when his father, Veselin Jungic, joined SFU’s mathematics PhD program in 1995 they moved into Louis Riel House.

"SFU has been part of my life for 15 years," says Jungic, who is graduating with two bachelor’s degrees—in business administration and history (with honours)—and begins a master’s degree in history this month at Oxford.

"SFU feels like home. My dad is a lecturer here, my mom Sadika is manager of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and my younger brother is up here studying electrical engineering and computer science."

In addition to maintaining top marks—he was a Rhodes Scholarship nominee in 2009, among other accolades—Jungic kept a frenetic pace both on and off campus.

He worked during school as an executive assistant with ESL nonprofit TESL Canada and later as a business faculty TA and IRMACS research assistant, and he spent two summers working with the Liberal Party of Canada in Vancouver (2006) and Ottawa (2007).

He also spent two semesters abroad, at SFU’s summer field school in Lesvos, Greece and on a student exchange at the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris.

In between, he found time to volunteer as a writing mentor in the business faculty, an instructor at Vancouver’s Aboriginal Friendship Centre, a welcome host at MOSAIC Immigrant and Refugee Services and a Barack Obama presidential campaign worker in Virginia.

To blow off steam he runs regularly and completed the 2008 BMO Vancouver marathon and the 2010 Scotiabank Vancouver half-marathon.

Jungic is proudly Canadian but he has not forgotten his family’s roots. "My current academic interest is with the modern Balkans," he says.

As for the future, Ozren is open: "I may work, continue with a doctorate or go to law school," he says.

"But I’ll always come back to SFU, if only to visit. It’s part of my family."

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