"During my freshman year, I was presented with the opportunity to study philosophy at
Bogazici University. The idea of travel abroad and studying in distant lands thrilled me,
but the thought of studying in a foreign language overwhelmed me. The philosophy dept.
assured me that it was a K-State faculty member that would be teaching the course and
that I had nothing to fear. Several months later I found myself staring out the window of
a 777, taking in the vastness of Istanbul.
"The program was very well designed. Dr. Mahoney was there to introduce use to the
campus and the local area, which gave us all a tremendous head start. Instead of trying to
figure out how to check into our (rather nice) dorms, we could spend our time hopelessly
trying to understand their bus system and eventually exploring the area.
"The in-class experience was a truly unique and fascinating experience. Because Bogazici
is the Turkish equivalent of Harvard, you had the best and brightest minds in Turkey
studying right next to you. This provided us with perspective, which was completely
foreign. It shined light on subjects in a way that was novel to us. Many of our fellow
classmates soon became our friends, and in conversation over tea and nargile, they would
share with us their views and opinions which caused me to rethink and reform some of
"I felt that the experience abroad was structured in such a way as to accommodate
everyone from the most adventurous to those who have never left Kansas. With class
only 3 days per week, we were free to go off and explore as we saw fit. Some of our
fellow students went to surrounding countries, some went and had weekends in luxury
with Bodrum, while I and a fellow student from the Netherlands hiked all over the
country. Dr. Mahoney led us on many trips through Istanbul and throughout the country.
This, for me, was the best part of the trip. I was able to talk with the professor over
dinner many nights and build a relationship that would have been more difficult in a more
ordinary academic setting."