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ABOUT ME...?

This is written in November,1999.

       

I  am a senior student at industrial engineering department at METU. During that time, I lived in the dormitories where students were confined in small quarters (roughly 12 students assigned to one room). As a result of the social conditions, the environment was not conducive to higher learning.  Life for me consists of gaining experience and  achieve knowledge. At the dormitories I had the opportunity to meet with very different people with most of whom I had a sincere friendship. In fact most of these friends had different living styles, thoughts, ideals but I have observed that there are a lot of things to share  and  to gain from eachother as long as you keep the mutual respect and understanding.

My family lives in Istanbul, the mysterious and the wonderful city. I say that because it is worth living here especially at a place that has a view to the Bosphorous. (lets think of a situation that in one of your hands you have a book and in the other a cup of tea and sea in the view,,,,) At school (at Ankara) I look forward to return Istanbul. Our house is at the northern coast of the Bosphorous. As my grandfather was a fisherman, there was no other alternative for my family to live by the sea. Still some of my relatives are fishermen. I should notify that sea is a very different world. One of my favorite activities is going out fishing with my relatives for weeks. For me sea is the place of contemplation.

 

In the world of technology, I am very fascinated watching  the  latest developments, inventions. Not having any participation in these  developments like having no share in defining this route discourages me sometimes. Having close looks to the activities of humans, I also try to keep my relation with the nature tight with various ways like  always keeping my mind open to cognate through.

 

I believe in the power of synergy. In fact, it is the key of success in the world of globalization today.

 

In academia, there is an old saying: One who can answer “what”, “when” and “where” will always have a job. But one who can answer “why” and “how” will be their boss. This epitomizes my approach towards anything that I encounter such as a new theorem, an event, or news. Throughout my educational life, from courses like geometry and calculus, I disliked the ritualistic aspect of memorizing formulas and regurgitating information. Overtime, as my educational career advanced, this tendency of getting to the causal roots developed into a more sophisticated attempt at figuring out the logical sequence of the things I came across. This is why I enjoy theoretical applications as theory seeks to provide a conceptual framework to reality. Managing  the  activities of the world in an analytic manner fascinates me. Coping with the nature, environment in an analytic way helps me to make decisions or  evaluate  the decisions in a logical way  accordingly .

 

So this way is my favorite on the way to achieve success and it accompanies a feeling of pseudo-science. But in fact there are many conditions that behaving analytically does not mean so much. Likewise, science has nothing to do with the moral values of a society. So one must specify the fields exactly for this issue. In this position you go on your way by resembling or finding ways to simulate the conditions.

Everyone has a different world in his or herself. According to the angle you look to the universe, it may seem chaotic or in a very structured manner to you…. You may not know the result of rolling a die exactly, but that does not mean that it can't be known beforehand.

In my spare times I try to read books, do sports like football, running (not so much),  surfing through the net, swimming in the Bosphorous, solving or asking brainteasers,  going out with  my brother to fly his model planes and  helicopters, having  tours with our small speed boat which has a maximum speed  of 30 miles/hour, fishing, watching discussions on tv..

I also like having talks with my grandfather about his incredible adventures at the sea and about the old times.  I also like traveling and meeting with new people from different cultures but I do not have so much chance for that.

I hope I have opportunity for that in the future, especially by sailing through the world.. ……

 

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