Archive for March, 2011

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Posted: March 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

It’s been a really long time since I’ve written a blogpost. It seems that I’ve been too busy preparing for my university exams, playing DoTA and studying my Turkish lessons to be able to log on my online accounts.

It may be true, but as time goes by, all these things are happening: earthquakes everywhere, tsunamis in Japan, revolutions in the Middle East, and so on and so forth. Nevertheless, one part of our lives remain the same: our lives as international students.

I know it may sound as an exaggeration to a person’s ears, but to be sure, being an international students carries many advantages…and surprises along with it.

For instance, the only things I know were that Indonesia is our neighbor in Southeast Asia and that the Ukraine is just another former Soviet satellite country in Europe. But nowadays, I believe I know much more than what I knew before; and I can say that my perspectives have really broadened; I pretty know much more about their culture nowadays. Besides that, who would not like to have a chance to belong to a community of students from more than 30 countries, right?

The other advantage is that people know our country better (it removes their prejudices), and well, it’s also a pretty big responsibility to handle. But I’m sure people of maturity and refinement would be able to handle that task…

And there are many others…

Of course, it’s hard to live in a different country, considering that one is thousands of miles away from one’s family, culture, food (I miss the pancit canton too much), and friends; but one should believe that it’s worth the sacrifice.

Here are some of the memories (though there are much,much more):

 

During the party...

Lions of the Field! Rawr!

Well, that’s pretty much I could say for now. Believe me, I’ve wanted to say a lot of things, but I couldn’t express them in words…

Just one quote from Sadi Shirazi:

“If you don’t have a love, don’t look for a friend!”

 

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Fatih U

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Yes. Fatih U.

At first, I thought it was just empty green pasture land dominated by an university campus.

Off the mark. On the contrary, when I went there along with my friends, the surrounding land turned out to be prime real estate; each house there costs at least 100,000 Turkish liras! That’s equivalent to 28 to 30 million pesos (or around 63,000 dollars); a house of the same quality and size would cost only 2 million (That’s 14 to 15 times lower!)

Anyways, when we went there, we were pretty amazed by the warm welcome that we’ve recieved from their International Students Office. It seemed to me that each foreign student is a member of a very, very big family.

We were there to ask certain questions regarding student admission. And thankfully, we’ve got good news from the staff there: There’s something for everyone!!! I’m very happy for Khaleel, because his last year’s YÖS scores would be accepted as a prerequisite for admdmission…And as for the rest of us, we have three options: take SAT; give them our national exam scores; and/or take their own admission exams!

Here’s a visual of Fatih University:

Oh, it's not my original pic! Isn't it obvious?? :D

This is how it looks from the air... 🙂

And here’s a link to their website:

www.fatih.edu.tr

There’s an English page; just click at the top right corner of the web page!

Anyways, back to our visit. It was freaking cold out there! I’ve already used three layers of thick clothes and two layers of jackets; and still, I’m feeling the blistering winds! Well, I’ve been warned already by Sakina two days ago that there will be a snowstorm.

The university’s facilities were far better, to be honest;  it surpasses Ateneo de Zamboanga a little bit (which is well known for its facilities), and its Internet and IT infrastructure are…unmistakingly European: fast, efficient, and multi-faceted! The only downside is that one of their buildings is still unfinished, though the students use it already as their club office; there are lots of cafeterias and shops inside the university.

Their sports facilities are pretty decent, and their system is pretty good: Since it is a new (and internationally open) university, undergraduate (i.e. bachelors) degrees that use English as their method of instruction are common here. I also liked their system of not teaching math subjects to those who study language-related courses…Haha! (In addition, they hire foreign instructors!!! That’s great news too!!!)

For short, this university will fall into my radar when the enrolment phase begins in June. Well, so much for everything…

Good day! 😀