//ŞERİF Y.

A dream that turns into a reality…

As an English Language and Literature student, I have always dreamed of abroad. I was a dream until I met “SAMET” at the hotel I was working as a Front Desk Agent. He told me about the program and CIEE. First thing to do was to visit the nearest CIEE partner office in my country. I did so and my dream became real.

Everything was ready and the date was 10th of June. I got on the plane and was flying to the USA. I was thinking about my new experiences and friends over there. I was enthusiastic to learn new cultures and life style of American’s. I was reading the novel ‘’Scarlet Letter’’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne of which plot took place in Salem, Boston. That place is just 2 hours away from my working place and I fixed my first place to visit in the USA.

I showed up my new home. My landlord was waiting for me upstairs. We met there and my first impression was ‘’oh my goodness! It can’t be real!’’ Nature shocked me. Green was everywhere and huge cedar trees were around my home.

I worked as a greens keeper at Ocean Edge Resort and Club’s Golf Course. I had really good friends from China, Bulgaria, England and Serbia. We got on well and still keep in touch.

Practicing my English, picking up new cultures and earning some money to cover my expenses were my aims to participate in that program. At the end of the program, I got everything I desired for: new cultures, friends, experiences and lots of good and bad memories which can’t be purchased by time and money.

Thanks everyone who was with me during my invaluable summer.

ŞERİF Y.
OCEAN EDGE RESORT AND GOLF CLUB – BREWSTER, MA – SUMMER 2008
CELAL BAYAR UNIVERSITY
ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE – 3rd YEAR