What’s It Like to Be at Bilkent?

30 December 2013 Comments Off on What’s It Like to Be at Bilkent?

BY NAZ AKYOL (IR/IV)
Name: Sairindri Gita Christisabrina
Age: 18
Department: International Relations
Home Country: Indonesia
First Turkish Word: “İndirim.” When I first came to Turkey, I went to a grocery store, and I saw “indirim” everywhere. My guess was correct, it means discount 🙂
What is your experience of spending time in Ankara and at Bilkent University?
Mostly, I find it challenging to interact with Turkish people, since I know only a little Turkish. When I am not at Bilkent, I speak Turkish so as to improve my Turkish. There haven’t been any big misunderstandings so far. I keep on going! When I am at Bilkent, I also sometimes talk to my friends in Turkish to improve my Turkish. When it’s too hard, rather than giving up and speaking English, I use body language so that they tell me words in Turkish.
Where do you most enjoy spending time on campus?
I like spending time at the fountain in front of A Building. I love sitting outside, but not in the winter.