Bella Oktay

Name: Bella Oktay

Country: Turkey

Why did you choose the Center's Intensive English Language Program?

I joined one class at each university in Philadelphia to observe, and Temple was the best one! It was easy to access and the price was really good.

How has the IELP helped you improve your English?

I had an English education background in Turkey in my high school, but I was really shy about speaking English. After my first week at the IELP, I started to talk to people because you have to! My teachers make me less shy. We also talk about U.S. history and culture – more than I even learned from my American husband!

What are some things you’ve seen or done in the U.S.?

I've been to Miami, Key West and Fort Lauderdale in Florida, as well as Memphis and Mississippi to see my husband’s family. I’ve also been to Washington, D.C., New York and Boston. I want to see Oregon and Yosemite next!

What is your advice to other international students thinking of coming to the U.S. to study?

BELLA: Don’t be shy. Ask questions. Do your homework. And always push the limits.

Bella is now on her way to reaching her goals: she was accepted to the Temple School of Law!