The International Chronicles

01 October 2018 Comments Off on The International Chronicles


Name: Jasmin Shahramfar

Department: IR/Erasmus

Country of Origin: Germany

What do you like best about Turkey?

The food, the people, the weather (haha, not in Ankara, though) and ayran.

Are there any similarities between Turkey and your home country?

Not that many with German culture, actually. But my parents are from Iran, so I feel close to that culture too, and the mentality is very similar.

What will you miss most about Bilkent/Turkey?

Of course the people I’ve met and will meet in the future. And the Bilkent hills.

What’s your favorite place on campus, and why?

The Bilkent hills! The view is simply magical, and Bilka is a fun place to chill with friends.

What’s your favorite Turkish food and/or favorite part of Turkish culture?

Favorite foods: Izgara and ayran, because, seriously, it’s the best cure for anything. Hungover? Ayran. Happy? Ayran. Heartbroken? Ayran.

Where do you expect to see yourself 10 years from now?

That’s a hard question. Enjoying life somewhere warm and surrounded by lovely people.

What’s the hardest challenge you’ve handled in Turkey?

There’ve been no very hard challenges so far, to be honest. Everyone is always so helpful, so even when I find myself in a difficult situation, there’s always a way. But I’m still trying to get that residence permit stuff done….

What cities have you visited in Turkey, and which one is your favorite?

I’ve been to İstanbul, Tekirdağ and Çanakkale. I guess İstanbul is my favorite because it’s so colorful and full of adventure, even though it’s probably the most touristic place in the country.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Maybe that I speak six and a half languages?

What’s an interesting question or comment you hear frequently about Bilkent/Turkey?

“Bilkent is so big!”

“It’s going to be so cold.”

“Where is Building xx?”

Describe yourself in three words.

Honest, spontaneous, fun.

If you could master any skill, which one would you choose, and why?

I would like to be able to read minds. I love to listen to people’s ideas and visions, so that way it would be way easier to fully understand human beings. I would absolutely love that!