Studying abroad left a big impression on me. I loved the challenge of communicating in a different language, being able to explore a new city on my own without cell phone service (this is before I knew about downloading Google maps to use offline), and learning about different cultures and ways of life. However, studying… Continue reading Fulbright, or How I Moved Abroad
It seems like the older I get, the faster time flies by. A year ago, I was sitting at home, wondering what I would do since graduating. 2015 was a transition time for me -- not the best time, but necessary. So what am I up to right now? What am I looking forward to… Continue reading Looking Towards 2016
Hey everyone! It's been too long I know. I'm vowing to post more regularly starting this month. A lot of people have asked me what Ankara is like. Most people assume that the capital of Turkey is Istanbul, but in fact, it's an increasingly-sprawling city surrounded by mountains in the center of the country. For… Continue reading Sights of Ankara
So things have been progressing at the university. The academic calendar is made up of four periods of eight weeks each. So we’ll soon be reaching the end of the first period. This means two things: (1) exams, which are never fun to grade; and (2) my time here in Turkey will be 25% finished.… Continue reading It’s Getting Cold Here!
Günaydın! (Good morning) I’m finally getting into the rhythm of things here in Ankara. I have three classes of about 20 students each. The university gave us Fulbrighters the A+ level students. Contrary to what you might think, these are the students with nearly the lowest speaking ability. So how does that work when I barely know… Continue reading What I’ve Been Up To