I believe that college is a time for learning – but not only about academics. In my opinion, it is a time for learning about one own self. Personal growth and development are key components of the college years and I am convinced that a study abroad experience would offer endless possibilities toward accomplishing those ends.
Ever since I was a young, I have dreamed of living in a foreign country. I always knew that I wanted to go abroad and study in Turkey while in college. Something about being independent and exploring the unknown always appealed to me. Now, I still seek to fulfill that long-awaited childhood dream. I continue to have a strong desire to explore the world around me and to learn and experience a foreign people and their culture
Studying abroad was a thoughtful decision for me. I have reached a point in my life where I want to see beyond the walls of my own everyday lifestyle and way of thinking and experience something new. I have chosen to go to Turkey for a variety of different reasons. First, I would very much like to improve my Turkish language skills. Now, in our changing and internationalizing world, it has become even more important than ever to communicate with people around the globe. And Turkish seems to be the language of choice with a great percentage of the world claiming Turkish as their native language. The Turkey program would allow me so many opportunities to improve my Turkish as I would be completely immersed into the Ottoman culture. This immersion into the Ottoman lifestyle would also be very fascinating as I would acquire greater knowledge and understanding of a foreign culture.
While in Turkey I would like to be much more than a foreign student. I would like to attempt to become a part of Turkey society and participate in the everyday activities of a Turkish student. While in Turkey I would also like to fulfill various academic goals
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