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Turkish graduate lands plum job

By : Rachel Coker


Sevay Ozdemir has witnessed big changes at the University and in Greater Binghamton during the past few years.

Ozdemir, who is part of the first group of students in the Turkish dual-degree program, recalls not feeling particularly at home on campus when she first came as a sophomore. This year, she said, has been dramatically different. She knows many Americans who’ve spent time in Turkey and even some of the cashiers at Wal-Mart can say hello to her in Turkish.

“I believe we’ve made a difference,” she said of the Turkish students, who spend two years at Binghamton and two years at a Turkish university. “This was a great opportunity for us. I really feel lucky to be one of the first graduates.”

The State University of New York’s dual-diploma program with Turkey received the Andrew Heiskell Award for International Exchange Partnerships in January from the Institute of International Education. Binghamton has played a central role in the program’s success, enrolling more Turkish students and offering more areas of study to them than any of the other six participating SUNY campuses.

Ozdemir, 22, an information systems engineering major from the coastal city of Mersin, is the youngest of three

She made the dean’s list every semester at Binghamton, even while taking a very intense course load that included a few classes in the School of Management’s MBA program.

Ozdemir will begin working for Goldman Sachs in New York City in June. She’ll be part of the telecommunications/information technology group. Her college internships, including positions in Turkey with Microsoft and Alcatel, helped her land the job.

Ozdemir, who hadn’t traveled abroad before college, isn’t sure how long she’ll stay in the United States but is happy to have a chance to sample life in a big American city.

She loves the innovative, constantly changing nature of telecommunications: “There’s always something to learn, to discover, to improve.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08