Many students celebrate Beloit’s international education opportunities. For Turkey native Canberk Dayan, though, Beloit is international education—and it’s opening his eyes. “The international environment helps you see other cultures and beliefs,” he says. “It makes the campus very diverse.”
The international student came to Beloit for its unique engineering opportunities. He says the 3-2 program, which combines liberal arts and professional engineering, gives him a remarkable edge. “Instead of simply training engineers, this program creates well-rounded engineers who have three years of liberal arts education.” Canberk loves the program because “its students continue their education at prestigious universities like Columbia.”
For Canberk, Beloit’s liberal arts approach is a new—and better—way to learn. “At Beloit I am being taught to see the ideas behind what I apply. Instead of just focusing on answers, I learn their reasoning.”
He also appreciates Beloit’s opportunities for close student-faculty interaction. As a sophomore, Canberk will conduct independent research with Physics Department chair Paul Stanley. “I love my relationships with my professors,” he says. “They help in any way they can. If you are willing to succeed, they give you direction and lead you toward your goal.”
Outside the classroom, Canberk feels equally supported. “Everyone here is very helpful and friendly,” he says. The welcoming campus environment led Canberk to become president of Beloit’s International Club. In that role, he organized an international dinner to collect money for the Salvation Army. He also started two clubs of his own. Through Beloit Student Congress Canberk received support for both Table Tennis Club and Multiple Sclerosis Club, which raises awareness and money for the condition.
When asked what he loves best about Beloit, Canberk echoes so many others: “the people.” And although he is far from home, he has no problem fitting in. “The Beloit environment makes you comfortable,” Canberk says. “It’s a place where you can show who you really are.”