BY EBI KRISTO (MAN/II)
Name: Ànna Mzhélskaia
Country of Origin: Poland/ Russia
What do you like best about Turkey?
The people! In Eastern Europe people are usually running to meet deadlines and finish chores, but here I feel like there is an open vibe that makes people enjoy the moment and not run all the time.
Are there any similarities between Turkey and your home country?
I guess the main similarity is the attitude everyone has around overcoming challenges.
What will you miss most about Bilkent/Turkey?
I will miss its nature, especially autumn in Bilkent. Everything is so untouched and unique, and the colors are so vibrant.
What’s your favorite place on campus, and why?
My favorite place on campus would be the forest road near Bilkent Lake. Sometimes I pass by at nighttime and just enjoy the sounds and the sky filled with stars.
What’s your favorite Turkish food and/or favorite part of Turkish culture?
I am a vegan so Turkish food is a bit difficult for me to consume, but I enjoy most of the desserts. My favorite is Turkish ice cream.
Where do you expect to see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself settling down somewhere where it suits me in the sense of emotional fulfillment.
What’s the hardest challenge you’ve handled in Turkey?
As with most international students, it is the language barrier. It has been a bit hard to find Turkish friends who are not hesitant to open up in English. I have only been studying Turkish for about a year so my communication skills in this language are not that great.
What places have you visited in Turkey, and which one is your favorite?
I have visited a lot of places in Turkey since I traveled here numerous times before coming for an exchange program. I have visited almost every city in the Southern parts of Turkey and now I am planning to go to the East as well. My favorite until now has been Cappadocia because I can remember every single feeling and memory. When I was there, at some point the world stopped and everyone was staring at the balloons. I really enjoyed that moment.
What’s an interesting question or comment you hear frequently at Bilkent/in Turkey?
I usually hear that Bilkent is hard and that I will be overwhelmed, but I have not found that to be the case.
Describe yourself in three words.
Hardworking, accepting, and passionate.