It’s been a long journey to where I’m close to the dream of Oxford as much as away from it. I learned on March 15 that I’m accepted to MSc Migration Studies Programme at the University of Oxford. I remember how proud I was and could still hear friends’ cries of joy. However, this picture is shadowed by tuition fees: about £26,000. Overcoming this final obstacle depends on your support.As I said, it’s been a long journey. For my mother and father who couldn’t have the opportunity to study in their villages, my education, as their first priority, has been the reason for all their sacrifices. So, I have always tried to be worthy of their efforts. My first leap was being accepted to Pertevniyal High School, one of the historical schools of Istanbul. The next was Koç University, the leading university of Turkey, where I studied with full scholarship and graduated with 3.84 GPA.
Behind all these was my passion of learning, the greatest inheritance of my family. Luckily, I discovered my desire to learn years ago and decided to become a scholar. On this path, my study discipline, sociology, is a reflection of the economic and social difficulties I experienced. My specialisation area, migration studies, is similarly personal, as I grew up listening to the stories of my grandfathers who were once guest workers in Europe.
When I took the first step towards my dream of academia, I faced the reality of scholarships. Due to not being offered any scholarship, I decided to strengthen my profile and apply again next year. Despite working day and night, I wasn’t awarded a scholarship for the second time either.
In disappointment, I thought of those who are less lucky than me. How were they supposed to achieve even without what I had? But I know that the greatest barrier to people’s access to education and welfare is the increasing inequality and injustice in the world. That’s why my determination to work for those who are less lucky than me is only fueled by disappointment.
It is migration where those inequalities and injustices become most apparent to me, as it disguises the reality of the global world. It is my intention to understand this reality and tell about it from a sociological perspective, and in the end, contribute to the welfare of societies.
For this aim, I feel that the contributions by Oxford would be a turning point in my life. With your donations, I ask you to help me get to this turning point and invite you to become partners in my dreams and ideals.