I started this blog as a place to consolidate my notes from the sea, and to report on all the fun I intended to have in port visits.
Unfortunately, the work at sea has been brutal, with little time for much in the way of personal reflection, with the exception of a few facebook posts.
I do have an exciting opportunity ahead of me, however, and every once in a while I get some time to prepare for it: the Olmsted Scholar Experience! In mid-March I was selected as an Olmsted Scholar for the Class of 2012, to study at the University of Ankara. I was more interested in Istanbul, but the entire experience is essentially the adventure of a lifetime, and a small change of venue seems inconsequential.
To find out about the experience, click here: olmstedfoundation.org
My plan so far is to start Turkish language training in Washington, DC at DLI East, and then to head to Turkey next May. I’ll spend the summer doing additional in-country language training, and then will start classes in a graduate program in the fall. There’s a ton of work to do between now and then – in additional to gaining enough fluency in a foreign language to earn a graduate degree, a lot of preparation goes into moving overseas.
So far, I’ve managed to come up with a rough schedule, and order some items for language training. I’ve got Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur, and a few other books, the most notable being Making Out in Turkish – a subject that I don’t remember being covered in high school Spanish classes but an important language theme. I haven’t been able to devote a lot of time to studying yet, and I’m not sure if that will change in the near future, but I will definitely keep trying.
Okay, back to work…