When her youngest daughter was applying to universities, UBC was at the top of Hülya Kuran’s list. That’s because her eldest daughter is already a successful graduate. Their experience was so positive that both mother and daughter now enthusiastically help out in UBC recruiting events in Turkey.
What do you say about Vancouver to someone who has never been?
“Both my children and I are big city people,” says Hülya. “So this is a big city: lots of things to do, lots of art, culture, cinema, nice restaurants and cafés. But it’s also safe … Beautiful surroundings. Public transportation is very good. You can go skiing close by, you have the water, you have sailing. All in one package. I loved it. What else could you want?”
What is parent orientation like?
“Meeting other parents from all over the world is an important thing. I remember talking to a family from India. You share your concerns, make each other feel relaxed hearing your different experiences, and so on. I think that really helped a lot.”
Why do you think studying abroad is important?
“Staying in a different country away from your parents is a good experience to get your feet solid on the ground. In knowing different cultures, people from different countries; that broadens your view.”
How did obtaining a UBC degree benefit your daughter?
“My eldest daughter found a job less than a month after coming back to Turkey, in one of the leading companies in the country. She’s very happy.”