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10 April, 2011 13:59

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:

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…

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