International Interns under IAESTE Chapter for the year 2013-2014
When I was offered the IAESTE Pakistan position by my university, almost everybody I talked about it used to ask “Will you go, really?” I did some research about the country and read news about Pakistan. For me, it seemed something that should not have been prejudiced about, actually. When I accepted, I had just a little encouragement from my teachers, closest friends, and people who have been to other Asian countries. Despite many warnings from other people, my family supported me just because I wanted to come here.
It was interesting to observe the signs of the friendship of Turkey & Pakistan just on my flight’s arrival at the Islamabad Airport. In the first few days in Fatima Hostel-2, I made new friends, talking with whom felt like a great expansion of the horizon of my mind. We talked about world history and politics, especially about Pakistan and Turkey, and about our lifestyles and cultures. During my internship period, whomever I met, I found him/her extremely kind, helpful and friendly, and also really enthusiastic about all new developments. Then, I figured out that the Pakistani people are far from the negative perception raised by world media about them.
I visited many places like LokVirsa, Pakistan Monument, Rawal Dam, Monal, Damn e Koh, Centaurus, Islamabad Club, Khewra Salt Mines, Saidpur Village, Lake View Park. I tried rock climbing for the first time in my life and I loved that. I have been to Lahore city. That was really joy to me. I visited e Pakistan, Badshahi Mosque, Shalimar Gardens, ShahiQila, Data Darbar, Sozo Water Park, and attended the flag lowering ceremony at Lahore-Wagha Border. After the Lahore visit, now I am much more interested in history, and I will follow the news about Pakistan, India, Egypt, and Palestine much deeper, thanks to my experiences here.
In SCME, the subjects of ongoing projects that I have seen and been into were quite updated. Especially the subjects like photo-bioreactors, biodiesel, membranes, nanotechnology attracted my attention. I have been working with polymeric membranes for gas-gas separation and learning to use the software called “Aspen HYSYS”.
I wish, I could have made much more research in SCME and spent even more time in Pakistan to see other cities and the Northern areas. I am really thankful to all your efforts to take care of our comfort and your enthusiasm about making our time better here. That was an unforgettable month I have spent here with you, IAESTE-NUST Team, and my Pakistani and international friends. I Hope to see you all, again.
University: Ege University,Turkey