Inspired by America

Inspired by America


My name is Izel, I’m from Ankara in Turkey
and I lived there for 19 years. When I was growing up I definitely had the
traditional Turkish family life; me and my cousins were always playing by the sea, on
the beach, all day long. Life was very simple there and it was really
great. Although my mum worked for the American embassy
in Ankara and my dad worked for the Turkish government, it was really important for me
to question the things that I was taught and step outside and look for the truth by myself. In 2013, I moved to America to study International
Affairs at James Madison University. I learned English at school and I definitely
took classes on American culture, college life When you learn a language you also learn that
culture as well. Learning English was the key to different
cultures. Helping people in need is really important
for me, so I decided I wanted to help refugees. For the refugees I that have worked, with
I know how hard it can be to be away from home That was, maybe, the common thing that we
had together and, for me, the more I listened to them, the more I could see things from
their perspective. If I can connect with them then I hope to
make a big difference in their lives – I’ve found it so interesting to listen to what
other people have to say, because you can always learn from people and their stories. Since living in America, I have learned that
we live in a world of one nation, with different colors It has made me feel more connected to the
world, and when you move internationally, you’re a part of something that includes
everyone’s differences.

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