nat_blurred.jpg

It can always be a bit bizarre for one to tell and explain themselves to the public. Does one tend to show the best parts within them? What about the vulnerabilities and mistakes? Should we hide them from the public? This looks exactly like the bias of a media. We too prefer one and a single story about ourselves to tell.

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie has an enlightening speech about "the danger of a single story". She says;

All of these stories make me who I am. But to insist on only these negative stories is to flatten my experience and to overlook the many other stories that formed me. The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.

Well...

I too do not have a single story. As everyone else out there I have different experiences, places, emotions, memories, mistakes, struggles and many more that carried me until today. That's why the best thing I can do is to share some of the pivotal moments of my life.

I'm an Assyrian women who grew up challenging the dogmatic cultural codes and standing against the enforced gender roles. 

I started to love reading around the age of 19, during the first years of my business administration bachelor while being traumatised by the education system. That trauma became a big part of my life that lead me to look for a meaning in what I'm doing. This might be the only reason I bare to remember those years; it gave me the will to have a purpose. Furthermore, for the first time I had a favorite book of my own: The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.

Meanwhile, in the search for a purpose I became an apprentice to a carpenter, I had sailed, I served in a bar, I worked in farms but, most importantly I had my first amateur researcher job. 

When I turned 21, my grandma talked about what had happened to our family during the Istanbul pogrom for the first time in my life. It was a self-awakening moment to realise the different layers of my identity. 

At the age of 25, I had witnessed Gezi Park movement. It was another self-awakening moment that brought the obscured political identity to the light.

In between, I have conducted researches for a Der Standard Turkey correspondent and worked with Greenpeace Turkey.

Now...

I am especially focusing on my personal mapping projects and working on my journalism master thesis in Sweden.

Although these are not all the pivotal moments, they can provide you with some insights of who I really am. I firmly believe it is better than posting a curriculum vitae here.