After finishing her English studies in OPIE, our former Turkish student Burçin Şimşek completed her Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of Pittsburgh in November, 2015. She also received the outstanding Senior Student Award in 2014. She is now deciding between accepting a post-doctoral position or a position in a private corporation.
Burçin’s advice to students studying English is to “not hang out with the people who talk in their native language. The key point of learning English is to spend as much time as possible with other international/American students.”
Burçin felt her OPIE classes helped her with improving her speaking, listening, writing a lot. In class activities were very helpful. Giving presentations or writing essays were the key ways for her to improve her skills.