Meet Marina '22
Hello! I'm Marina (MJ) Jokanovic from Belgrade, Serbia and I'm so excited to share my Thornton Academy experience with you!
I have always wanted to further my academic career in the United States. My parents thought it would be a great idea to finish my last year of high school there and get a certificate in English. Therefore, I contacted multiple foreign school agencies and, after thorough research, came upon Thornton Academy. It seemed like a perfect fit from the very beginning.
Being a part of the TA Players (theater club) has been an amazing experience. I was cast in our fall play “Hamlet” and spring musical “Fiddler on the Roof”, and both have been unforgettable experiences. Through this club, I've forged lifelong friendships and gotten to know a very diverse group of people around the thing that we all love most - theatre.
My family has been with me throughout my entire international experience. I cannot thank them enough for giving me the opportunity to further my education and follow my dreams. I’ve also been receiving support from my new friends and teachers - they’re all very aware of how hard it sometimes is being so far away from home and yet they still manage to make me forget all my troubles and enjoy my time at TA.
I have committed to North Central College in Naperville, Illinois to pursue a career in musical theatre. I plan on pursuing a career on Broadway or in Hollywood and I believe that the experience I gained through being a part of the TA Players will definitely benefit me. Not only have I improved my artistic abilities but I’ve also learned some important communication and cooperation skills.
I love Maine! It’s truly been a pleasure living in such a relaxing and peaceful corner of the world. I’m lucky to have met people who are willing to show me the true beauty of this state - from famous historical sites to random beaches found on Google Maps.
Coming to Thornton Academy has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I hope that you choose to come too, you won't regret it in any way.