Enhance Your Career: Learn Turkish in Turkey!

November 17, 2014

Liz Clark

[speaking Turkish] Benim adım Liz.

[speaking English] My name is Liz.

I am a CLS Alumna. I studied Turkish with CLS for two summers.

I was in Ankara the summer of 2011 and izmir the summer of 2012.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is an opportunity to actually immerse yourself in

a specific culture and a language and really kind of become a part of that culture

and experience that country first hand.

I work for the Turkish Coalition of America

and I work on their scholarship program, we give scholarships for people

who are going to study abroad in Turkey.

I also work with Turkish Americans.

The ability to have experience in Turkey has really helped me quite a lot in my job because

I now have a very specific focus in something.

And I have a little bit more expertise and authority in Turkey and just that culture than I had before.

Some of the most, my most amazing relationships have come from CLS

and meeting these people I probably never would have met

They were some of the hardest months of my life because it was very, it was hot and it was a lot of work.

But it was some of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had.

And I am where I am right now because of that.