Feb. 3th-Feb. 12th
Monday the 3rd was the first day of classes. I felt like a Freshman all over again. I was looking at my schedule trying to find where my classes are located. I finally got grasp of where all of them are. I am taking really interesting classes at Koc. I am taking two International Studies classes (The Politics and Government of the Middle East and The Middle East in a Globalized World). It is interested to learn about the region from a different perspective and in Turkey. Also I am taking an Art History class called “Painting in the Ottoman Empire”. This class gives an understating of Ottoman painting and manusicrips that date back from the 15th century. My History class in called the Ottoman in Transition which covers the history of the Ottomans in the 15th century until 17th century. Lastly, one of my favorite classes is Turkish. I like the language and enjoy learning it. Hope to improve throughout the semester.
Off campus, I have seen great parts of the Istanbul. I have been to Taksim square (Center of the city). Istiakli street offers so much , such as shops and restaurant it great during the day and night. It is one my favorite spots to go to. I like to also go to Sariyer (District where Koc is located in) have Cay (tea) by the Bosphorus, it is really beautiful. During the weekend, I go the chance to see visit the district of Sultanment, where the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are located. Both architecture peaces are beautiful. The area is very different where I live in Sariyer. Sultanment is very touristy compared to Sariyer.
Moreover, CIEE (the study abroad program) has hosted refugees at school to spend time with them and ice skate. The organization that helps the refugees is ASAM/SGDD Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants. The youth are my age and come from Iran, Somalia, Afghanistan, Congo and etc. I enjoyed spending time with and showing them around campus. I talked to several of them, it was amazing to see how intelligent they are. Majority of them know more than 3 language, attending school and have not seen their families for a few years. It was a pleasure meeting the youth and learn about much they sacrifice to have better life. I am looking forward to visiting the youth at the institution!