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Aycan Benekli

Faces of Suffolk

Aycan Benekli

I came to England from Cyprus - it was quite a scary move to make. I always knew I wanted to come to the UK to study but I never wanted to go somewhere crowded, like London. I’m from quite a small place so Ipswich kind of feels like home. I don’t really get homesick much, I think because I always knew I wanted to move here and I like being able to do things by myself; go wherever I want whenever I want. I like having my independence!

I’ve always loved literature – old English classics have always fascinated me. My favourites are Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf. I’m not sure what I want to do after university but I like the idea of teaching. More like university level teaching, which I know is hard to do. Right now I’m really enjoying writing blogs and would like to get in to it a bit more. I’m trying to write more and do more of what I love, which is very important to me. I would also love to travel more and see other countries.

My family were really supportive when I moved, which was cool. They were a bit hesitant at first because it’s so far away but when my mum saw how happy I was here, she was fine. I probably have more friends here now but I do like going home to see my family, my old friends and especially my dog!

It is scary making a big move and living in a different country. It takes courage, especially time adapting and getting used to the idea but at the end, it becomes home. I think if you really want to study abroad, then I would say just go for it. There’s nothing better than being independent while doing something you love. It could change your whole life and your whole perspective on things.

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