I knew that I wanted to continue learning Kurdish while living in Turkey as a high school exchange student. While several universities in the US offer Turkish, the University of Arizona is the only institution that offered quality programs in both languages. I chose UofA over similar programs on the East Coast because of the competitive language programs and generous scholarships offered through the Honors College.
At seventeen, I was tossed into discussions with graduate students about the history and future of the Middle East. I don’t know of any other department that encourages students to take small, engaging classes throughout their entire degree program. The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the Critical Languages Program gave me a specialized, rigorous education at a state school price.
Thanks to the Accelerated Master’s Program in MENAS, I will (hopefully) finish both my B.A. and M.A. in four years. The department has been incredibly supportive of student scholarship at every academic level. I didn’t know what to expect when I moved to Arizona, but I couldn’t be happier with my experience.