Friday, July 25, 2008
Valbona Kokoshi spent most of her childhood in Tirana, Albania. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Secondary Education, specializing in English and French. Shortly after her graduation, she moved to Illinois and taught Language Arts and French in Flossmoor and Vernon Hills. Through her travels and living in Europe, Valbona’s interest in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and sustainable living grew more so, which inspired her to attend CUPPA’s Open House in the fall of 2007. Her decision to leave teaching was bitter-sweet, but she does not regret switching roles and playing that of a student. Valbona is a MUPP student, concentrating in Physical and International Planning. Currently, she is working as an intern at Rand McNally’s GIS Department, going to school full time and, when the weather permits it, sailing in Evanston.