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Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
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Butler Pavilion, Room 410

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Bakar, Senem S
Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
410 Butler Pavilion
Washington, DC, USA 20016-8041


from India

Languages: English

Major: International Studies (SIS) and Journalism (SOC)

Tell us about your favorite class or your favorite professor. What has made them great?

I have had many great classes, but one of my favourites was the University College class for LIT-100, called "Reading and Writing about Evil", which I took with Professor Tamashasky in my first freshman semester. The content and the way in which we handled the subject matter made each class interesting and thought provoking - we learned to look at various things we took for granted in a new light. It was not just a literature class, though learning new skills and techniques was a key part of it, and issues of religion, philosophy and spirituality cropped up on a regular basis, making each class discussion dynamic. 

On top of the class being fascinating, Prof Tamo is a fantastic teacher and very knowledgeable about the philosophy that surrounded our class. After going to office hours and having an opportunity to get to know my professors better, I have found my interest in the course deepens even further. Overall, it was a great experience.

What's your favorite part about living in DC?

DC is a wonderful city, but is very different from those I have lived in before. Whilst Hong Kong is filled with a mixture of skyscrapers and mountains, and Bangalore is dusty and sprawling, DC's unique architecture and neat streets provide completely a different feel. It is a great city to walk around in, despite the huge availability of public transport (which is very convenient for college students). Some of my favourite places include the fountain in Dupont Circle and the Arch at Gallery Place, Chinatown.