BY YAREN SAĞLIK (TRIN/IV)
Name: Zalan Khan
Country of Origin: Pakistan
What do you like best about Turkey?
The best thing about Turkey and Turkish people is the welcoming environment provided for foreigners; of course, not leaving behind the attractive places to visit. Turkey is indeed a great place to visit, and being a student here is just incredible.
Are there any similarities between Turkey and your home country?
Turkey and Pakistan have many similarities, as a majority of the people in both countries practice the same religion. Culturally we have many similarities too, as Urdu, our national language, is greatly influenced by Turkish, and the family values in particular are quite similar.
What will you miss most about Bilkent/Turkey?
Well, I still have quite a lot of time here, but the things I’ll miss the most are the friends I’ve made here, for sure, and the learning environment Bilkent provides.
What’s your favorite place on campus, and why?
Well, due to the current situation I haven’t gotten to roam around and explore the campus that much, but the hill in front of Dorm 76 that we call the Bilka hill is the place where I sit with my friends and really enjoy the view of the city and the peaceful environment.
What’s your favorite Turkish food and/or favorite part of Turkish culture?
My favorite Turkish food is baklava, as it has a really different taste from most of the common desserts.
Where do you expect to see yourself 10 years from now?
In 10 years, I’ll have completed my MBA and will be looking forward to achieving my career goals.
What’s the hardest challenge you’ve handled in Turkey?
The language barrier was the hardest challenge for me.
What cities have you visited in Turkey, and which one is your favorite?
I’ve been to many places, including İstanbul, Konya, Bursa, Kuşadası and Cappadocia. Without a doubt, İstanbul is my favorite city to visit.
What’s an interesting question or comment you hear frequently about Bilkent/Turkey?
You guys have a lot of fun; Bilkent must be lenient with your schedules.
Describe yourself in three words.
Sporty, curious and ambitious.