Where are you from? I am from Turkey (Bosnian descent from my fathers side, Greek descent from my mom's).
When did you arrive in the US? August 3, 2001 :)
What was your English background before coming, and which levels did you attend here? I knew how to say "hello" and ask someone "how are you" but I couldn't understand if the person I am interacting actually answered that question. As such, I began in level I. About a month into the level, I spoke with Bobby and she was convinced that although I didn't know English at level II, my determination could make up for it. So, I was moved up to level II. Also, when I was in Turkey, I attempted to get into law school in my native language there three times. I couldn't score high enough on the national college entrance exam to qualify.
Your university studies and degrees: University of Uludag - Business and Economics in Turkish, University of Kentucky, ESL Completion; Chase College of Law, Juris Doctor; and, Queen Mary University of London, UK, Certificate in Global Arbitration
Can you give us a description of your current work and life? I am an attorney currently specializing in immigration and plaintiff's work including medical malpractice. I am a proud mother to my son who is a premed student at Thomas More.
Honors and special recognition:
My son is my biggest accomplishment. He was only 9 when we moved to the United States. He learned the language in a month and has excelled in everything he has done.
Most of my academic and professional accomplishments are in the legal field and understanding these may require some legal background. So, I will say that I have awards in legal writing and client representation.
I also consider it a huge accomplishment that I have been published as a writer both online and in print.
Another accomplishment is my recent purchase of land in Garrard County :) I plan to clear, develop and build a cabin within the next year.
Lastly, I consider my volunteer work to be another accomplishment. I will mention my work with HealthWatch USA for those interested.