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Postcards: Back in Beloit, two students share their fall break pics

October 23, 2012

Sinan Guleryuz and Ayca Kaplan went west for fall break; now they tell the Terrarium about their experiences traveling and as international students at Beloit.  

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey.
How long will you be here? One semester.
What is the biggest difference between Beloit and your hometown?
Sinan: The biggest difference is that Istanbul is a big city (17 million people) and Beloit is very small. It was hard to get used to at first, but now I like it. Now I don’t know how I will deal with all of the traffic in Istanbul when I go back home!

Where is your favorite study spot on campus?

Sinan: The library

Ayca: The big sofas in the back of the first floor of the library

 What has been your proudest/most exciting moment abroad?

Both: Carrying our country’s flag with all of the international students at Convocation.

Turkish Fall Break 3 

What is the funniest instance of culture shock that you've experienced during your time abroad?

Both: Realizing that the word “Beloit” is pronounced differently depending on the region you’re in. Our first day in the U.S., we went to a Citibank in Chicago. The bank teller asked us which college we were going to. When we said “Beloit,” he gave us a blank stare then after a long pause asked, “Is that in Iowa?” When we told him it’s in Wisconsin, he replied, “Oh, BELOIT” with a hard “buh” sound in the beginning of the word.

How did you spend your fall break?

Both: We traveled with our friends to Los Angeles and San Francisco!

Turkish Fall Break 1 

What are the three most important things you packed in your suitcase? Why?

Sinan: Passport, college ID, and camera: You need a passport everywhere, a college ID helps you to get discounts, and a camera makes those memories unforgettable.

Ayca: Passport, documents, and makeup.

Turkish Fall Break 5 

What was the best part of your fall break travels?

Sinan: Seeing new places, especially Universal Studios.

Ayca: Universal Studios and Hollywood were amazing!

Turkish Fall Break 6

Turkish Fall Break 2 

What is the most unexpected thing you've encountered so far in the U.S.?

Sinan: I knew that there is a difference between the culture and economic situations of neighborhoods, but I never expected it to be as big of a difference as I experienced in L.A.

Ayca: People always want tips.

What's the best meal you've had abroad?

Both: Mexican food! We had amazing Mexican food in San Francisco.

What is your favorite place in the U.S. so far?

Both: Chicago and San Francisco.

Turkish Fall Break 4 

How does San Francisco compare to your home city of Istanbul?

Sinan: Istanbul and San Francisco are very similar. Both of them are big cities near the sea/ocean, which makes their weather beautiful. The people and traffic are also similar.

Ayca: There are no big differences between San Francisco and Istanbul: the people, the places, even the bridges are almost the same!

What is one song from your home country that you think everyone should listen to?

Sinan: Rapsodi Istanbul by Teoman

In SF 

If you would like to learn more about Istanbul and Turkey, come to Sinan and Ayca’s presentation at International Club TONIGHT (Wednesday, Oct. 24) at 7:30 p.m. in the Porter Brown Auditorium (SC 150). After their presentation, Abigail Bohstedt’13 will talk about her experiences studying abroad as an exchange student in Istanbul last year. All are welcome!