I am Ahmet from Istanbul – Turkey, and I am looking for help to expand my education as equal as everyone.
If you also think that being unprivileged should not stop anyone to dream, then you might perhaps consider to support me for covering my daily life cost in order to get the visa from the Italian Consulate for the master purpose in Padova University in Italy.
I am already working to achieve this goal by working as waiter and performing with my saxophone in different settings including bars, semi-formal concerts and on the streets.
Although, gaining international experience, wanting to study in a foreign university or even going abroad is not something as easy-achievable as EU citizens for Turkish citizens due to visa procedure, exchange rate fluctuation, high living costs etc. However, I have been tried to do my best and participated in Erasmus Exchange Student, Erasmus Internship and European Volunteering Service opportunities which gradually taught me a lot.
Let me kindly explain what may you briefly know what I’ve done so far.
Although, Turkey is the programme country, however its citizen in need of a visa for the European Schengen area. Afterwards, my desire to extend the way of thinking in academia, discover the distinct culture, all my exertion and initiative with coordinator while preparing the bilateral agreement that made me the first Erasmus exchange student of my department as well. Nevertheless, it is considered to refer I was not as fluent as now for four months and faced difficulties a lot in order to improve my fluency in English.
Occasionally, I even could not even say a sentence. However, in accordance with my remarkable accomplishment, I was chosen as representative of Silesian University in Czechia for 9th International Student Seminar on Management and Financial Issues in Rzeszow University in Poland. Fortunately, I received jury first and audience prize among more than 60 participants from all over Europe upon a presentation of my second-hand bookstore entrepreneurship located in Turkey. It is a local activity been global from Turkey via Czechia in Poland awarded by authorities that increased my relevance in academia over again. Therefore, I am ready to take most of the challenges I might face because I know that I will do my best.
As a result of my extracurricular activities, my entrepreneurship pattern established including economic concerns, innovative management solution, worldwide perspective in youth activities as well as comprehension of social issues. As it has been designed by recycled materials with an understanding of ecologic approach, located in the poor condition region of the city, been free-speech ground for minorities such as deprived of equal education rights, excluded ethnics similarly. Although, apart from developed cities, for instance, Istanbul, to have an imagination to establish sort of atmosphere have occurred difficulties that I have been faced but improved me a lot concerning external organisational skills and crisis management. In fact, I realised that is key encouragement matter in particular volunteering project which covers different topics including promotion of human rights through multimedia instruments in decision-making and migration in an NGO based on Thessaloniki/Greece.
In this regard, I was mainly in charge of radio station besides that I wrote articles in a youth magazine, co-operated with my colleagues in Thessaloniki LGBT Pride, organised events against hate-speech for migration. I also organised and filmed an interview on the basis of Greek-Turkish solidarity music similarities for the purpose of compromising long-standing conflicts. I assume that the power of cinema has followed me. Therefore, I decided to participate with my colleagues in the Athens Short Film Festival in the context of violence against woman in order to increase awareness of gender inequality in Greece. It is awarded for first prize by the film selection committee in Athens.
I am always keen on widening my interests in multidisciplinary educational approach with the combination of practical part. In this respect, I truly believe my internship is taught me a lot in an international logistics company in Germany. I gained multiple precious experiences either being part through the documentation process, daily responsibilities or being part of the service provider through all European countries. The internship did not only give me to discover diverse environment in office but enables me to understand how some of leading worldwide companies to exploit labour force which has unethical progress should be reviewed and reconstructed.