BY MAHİR HASSAN MİAN (ECON/II)
Name: Faysal Hossain
Department: Materials Science and Nanotechnology (MSN)
Country of Origin: Bangladesh
What do you like best about Turkey?
The mutual respect people mostly have for each other, regardless of class, gender or faith.
Are there any similarities between Turkey and your home country?
A noticeable similarity is the friendly attitude that people have as well as some common cultural aspects because of their common faith.
What will you miss most about Bilkent/Turkey?
The peaceful gossip and çay I usually have with my friends from different parts of the world.
What’s your favorite place on campus, and why?
UNAM. Although it’s kind of my workplace. But after spending more than one and a half years there, now it feels like home.
What’s your favorite Turkish food and/or favorite part of Turkish culture?
Among all other food, I will keep İskender Kebab as my favorite, and among desserts it’s definitely Sütlü Baklava. And if it is about culture, I notice that Turkish people can gossip for hours by taking çay one cup after another, which basically aligns with my nature and thus I find it interesting.
Where do you expect to see yourself 10 years from now?
I don’t have such a long vision! It depends on the journey I will have in this period.
What’s the hardest challenge you’ve handled in Turkey?
As I have very little knowledge of the Turkish language, sometimes it becomes tough to communicate. But I’m trying to improve my Turkish language proficiency.
What places have you visited in Turkey, and which one is your favorite?
So far, I have been in six cities other than Ankara: Amasra, Cappadocia, İzmir, İstanbul, Bursa and Trabzon. All of these places have their unique attractions, although I enjoyed İstanbul the most.
What’s an interesting question or comment you hear frequently at Bilkent/in Turkey?
“Are you from Indonesia?” I have been asked this question many times.
Describe yourself in three words.
Honest, faithful and practical.