I am 21, my hometown is Bellingham, Washington, USA.

I am graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs in 2017 as a Three Year Global Scholar from American University in Washington, D.C.

smallaritlogo.jpgIn the summer of 2016, I completed the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program which sponsors students pursuing advanced Turkish studies, utilizing the resources and facilities of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey.

“The program was initiated by the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) in 1982. It is designed to provide the equivalent of a full academic year course in advanced Turkish. Students, recruited nationwide, benefit from direct and constant exposure to the language and culture in its native setting. USED grant funds are used to support the advanced level language training of eligible undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty.

While always a U.S. ally with regional importance for Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East, Turkey has increasing economic power and growing influence on democracy-building in the region. The program assists Middle East, Central Asian, European language and area studies centers as well as Islamic Studies in the United States in attaining their primary objectives; to prepare American students to pursue various careers related to Turkey, Central Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and forges ties between the American and Turkish academic communities.”

My Gap Year, the 2014-2015 NSLI-Y Turkish academic year program took place in Izmir, Turkey.

The program emphasized rapid language acquisition in a language immersion environment by combining in-class language instruction, a comprehensive cultural program, and homestays. By the end of the program, participants will have increased language proficiency and gained a deeper understanding of the host country culture.

The NSLI-Y scholarship is sponsored by the Government of the United States of America through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. American Councils for International Education (American Councils) manages the overall operations of the scholarship program.

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