Senior Tugba Akgun shares her experience working with the Water and Environmental Technology Center this summer.
As a U.S. immigrant from Turkey and college student, I know my family has very high expectations of me. They have pushed me to excel in academics and to enter a financially secure, highly regarded profession after graduation. These expectations stem from my role in my family.
When we first moved to the U.S., I was the only person in the household who could speak English. To this day, I am the only connection my family has to the American community. Although challenging and burdensome at times, this experience has provided me with many valuable skills, such as self-discipline, multitasking, time management and, most importantly, having the courage to ask questions and seek evaluation. In turn, those traits have aided me in my undergraduate courses and in my research positions.
Read the full article here: “Summer in the Laboratory”