“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” –Rosalia de Castro
Bonjour! Ciao! مرحبا! Hello! My name is Deniz and I’m a junior at UW Oshkosh. Those are ways to say hello in French, Italian, Arabic and of course English. Why the different languages? Well, one of my favorite things to do is travel so I thought I’d tell you a little bit about myself through some of the countries that I’d love to visit.
When you think of France the first thing you think of is Paris and the Eiffel Tower…and couples riding on bikes with baguettes and cheese in their baskets. (At least that what I think of.) When I make it to France though, Paris will not be my first destination. I definitely want to go there but I’d rather go to the South of France first, where there are beautiful villas, warm weather and long stretches of coastline.
When I think of France, the first thing I think of is food. I love food. I watch the Food Network channel more than any normal person should. I’m also probably unusual in that I’d rather go to the south of France, rather than Paris. That is tied a lot to when I lived abroad on the island of Cyprus. I love the laid back atmosphere they had there and the South of France reminds me a little bit of home.
Italy is known for being a very loud culture. People there use their hands to express themselves. Doing that shows that you are a very open and inviting person. Italy is also home to some of the most talented and creative people of all time. Amazing artists like Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo were Italian.
I am also known for getting really loud and using my hands when I get excited about what I’m trying to say. I’m very open and love to meet new people. I think the arts are important because they let you express yourself and I enjoy being creative and artistic in my own way. That is why I chose Journalism as my major with emphases in Public Relations and Advertising/Visual. I like using art and design to catch people’s attention.
What attracts me the most about Morocco is the people and the culture because it is so different than ours. Moroccans’ most cherished possessions are their honor and dignity, and they will go out of their way to preserve their personal honor. Family is also very important to Moroccan people. To them, family is the most significant unit of life. Elders are respected and often have great influence on the rest of the family.
Family is very important to me as well. My mom and sisters support all my dreams and career goals, which helps keep me on the track to success. I also believe in respecting your elders. I’ve had some of the greatest conversations with older people. I love hearing about the past and everything that they’ve done with their lives. It inspires me to do as much as I can and not take my opportunities for granted.
So technically I’ve already been to England…twice. The first time was my junior year of high school to visit my cousins. I also went this past spring interim for a Travel Photography class. For lack of better words, it was an AMAZING experience. I love how much history England has. It’s such an old city, yet at the same time it’s always changing and growing. Fashion is such a big part of the culture and I love that. There is so much to learn and see, which is why I want to go back again.
I love fashion. I used to collect every fashion magazine from Nylon to Elle. I am also a lover of architecture, especially European-styled buildings. When you are there you are literally walking on history, which is what is so cool about it! There is a quote that the English used during World War II that really spoke to me: “Keep calm, and carry on.” They used it to keep citizens calm in a time of panic and I interpreted it for kind of the same reason. When you think you are too stressed with exams or school, just say those words, take a deep breath, and you’ll realize you will be just fine!
So that’s a little bit about me! I’m excited to start blogging about life here on campus so you can get a feel of what it’s like to go to UWO. Feel free to like my Facebook page too! It’s a good place to ask questions and get quick answers about student life.