Ilija Stojiljkovic: Outstanding Graduating International Student

Ilija Stojiljkovic, of Niš, Serbia, has been named the Outstanding Graduating International Student in the Maine Business School.

Stojiljkovic is a management major and forward on the men’s basketball team.

His honors include Scholar-Athlete awards, and being named to the 2019 America East All-Academic Team, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference President’s Honor Roll and National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, both in 2018. In his senior season, he was team captain.

Stojiljkovic also has been a member of Male Athletes Against Violence and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on campus, and served as a peer tutor and mentor.

He plans to pursue a master’s degree and play professional basketball.

What difference has UMaine made in your life and in helping you reach your goals? 
UMaine provided a great base of knowledge and connections that I will build upon in the future.

Have you had an experience at UMaine that has changed or shaped the way you see the world?
Different perspectives on different topics coming from a very diverse corps of professors definitely impacted the way I view the world.

Why UMaine?
I picked UMaine mainly as an opportunity to pursue my dream of playing NCAA Division I basketball; however, after taking courses in the Maine Business School, I realized that I can get a lot more than athletics out of this experience. People I have met at UMaine have thoroughly helped me become a better student, better athlete and, most importantly, a better person than I was four years ago.

How would you define the opportunities for student success at UMaine? Is there any particular initiative, program or set of resources that helped you succeed?
UMaine provides plenty of opportunities to succeed, both as a student, and also in life after college. Student Life offices, the Office of International Programs and also the Career Center are great resources that helped me be a more successful Ilija.

Have you worked closely with a professor or mentor who made your UMaine experience better?
Yes, more than a few professors. A few I would like to mention are (assistant professor of accounting) Henri Akono, (lecturer in management) Stefano Tijerina and (assistant professor of management) Muralee Das.

What advice do you have for incoming students to help them get off to the best start academically? 
There is plenty of time to do your work and have fun, just make sure you manage your time properly. Balance is everything.