BY YAREN SAĞLIK (TRIN/IV)Name: Sara Maskoun
Department: Molecular Biology and Genetics
Country of Origin: Syria
What do you like best about Turkey?
The first things I noticed here were the beautiful weather and the stunning views. In addition, most importantly, the tasty food.
Are there any similarities between Turkey and your home country?
I would say language is one thing that – in addition to the food – is a bit similar to that in my home country.
What will you miss most about Bilkent/Turkey?
Honestly, everything! The people, the weather, the amazing views and the independence I have here.
What’s your favorite place on campus, and why?
I enjoy spending time in the green areas and cafés around the campus, because they’re calming and refreshing. I’ve also gotten to meet a few people there, so they’re lively places.
What’s your favorite Turkish food and/or favorite part of Turkish culture?
That would definitely be kısır, çiğ köfte and İskender kebap.
Where do you expect to see yourself 10 years from now?
I expect to see myself in a successful position – most importantly, one that makes me happy and allows me to be surrounded by my loved ones, because what are we without them?
What’s the hardest challenge you’ve handled in Turkey?
The language barrier caused some problems at first, but now I know enough to get by and to limit the type of miscommunication that was happening at first.
What places have you visited in Turkey, and which one is your favorite?
I’ve visited İstanbul, Antalya, Konya and a few others. But Ankara will always have a special place in my heart. It’s very calm and not really chaotic, and I enjoy that the most, especially because it allows me to focus on studying.
Describe yourself in three words.
Friendly, outgoing and honest.
What’s an interesting question or comment you hear frequently about Bilkent/Turkey?
Whenever I mention Bilkent to anyone, they immediately wish me luck because of how well known its education is. And honestly, that’s what I enjoy most.