Frida Bahja: Pursuing Her Passions

Frida standing at a column.

Frida Bahja is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Central Florida (2020). Prior to studying in the United States, Frida completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Tirana.

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Frida grew up in a family that emphasized women being able to do anything and everything that men can do. Her sister got a degree in electrical engineering, which encouraged Frida to also look into an engineering field.

A picture of Frida

As a high school student, she was involved in many civil and environmental science related projects and credits her interest in these issues as the reason she decided to pursue environmental engineering in university. She later earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the Polytechnic University of Tirana.

Inspired by her professors in college and teachers in her family, Frida developed a passion for academia. After some years of work experience as an engineer and project manager in Albania, she moved to the United States to pursue her dream of becoming a scholar.

“I think it’s my curiosity and my passion to learn and just be able to give back more.”

She holds a second Master’s degree from the United States and is currently a doctorate candidate at the University of Central Florida. Frida’s engineering background, combined with her social sciences education, helps her to look at complex environmental issues in tourism through a unique interdisciplinary lense.

“In certain moments in our lives, we all tend to get overwhelmed with barriers on our way to success. Especially in some contexts, being a woman makes these obstacles even harder. But at the end of the day, I think barriers and obstacles are just part of the journey, and no one should be discouraged by them. We should avoid discouraging voices and hold on dearly to what motivates and inspires us. We contribute to creating a better world every day with each battle we win towards our personal and societal barriers, so they are worth fighting for after all.”

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