As a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study alum, I graduated from high school in Arizona, where I went on to study English translation and interpreting at Hacettepe University. During my BA, I did an exchange year at Valladolid University, studying Spanish translation and interpreting. In addition, I learned German at Humboldt-Institut in Konstanz and volunteered in Trento, Italy, teaching English. In addition to my academic background, I worked as a freelance translator, a project manager and lexicographer at a multilingual dictionary, and a localization specialist at an IT company. Overall, in my career, I have worked with over twenty-five language pairs.
Last year, I decided to continue my higher education at Yale, did a non-degree master's, and worked as a Fulbright Turkish language assistant. This year, I am doing my master’s in the cross-disciplinary EMTTI program at Ghent University. So far, I love all my courses, and cannot wait to finish EMTTI and apply what I have learned to my future career.