터키 모험가| The One with Mine Tafolar – The Turkish Adventurer: Episode 12 (2019)
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The More Sibyl Podcast Presents: The One with Mine Tafolar – The Turkish Adventurer
Meet Mine Tafolar – Latin American-loving Byzantine lady. I met Mine through a mutual friend of ours – Gio from Nicaragua (hello, Gio! We love you). Mine was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, where she studied political science and international relations and history at Bogazici University. She has also worked as a journalist for Hurriyet Daily News and prepared internal and international news stories. She holds an MA degree from the Government Department from the University of Texas at Austin with a thesis titled: Buying Support without Brokers: Conditional Cash Transfers in Turkey and Argentina. Right now, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She’s lived in Istanbul, Ankara, Austin, Buenos Aires, and Chicago.
In this episode, we talked about her life, Turkish pride, starting a Ph.D. program, transitioning from being a teaching assistant (TA) to a teaching role, teaching tips, how she deals with imposter syndrome, and her strategies for balancing being a newlywed grad student.
Mine is pronounced – Me Nay.
Fun facts about Mine
She loves living in Chicago - one factor being its lively cultural life, museums, art institute, concerts, film festivals, etc.
She likes to swim, do yoga, and have long walks.
She and her husband like to go to jazz concerts; one favorite place of theirs being the Winters Jazz Club.
She volunteers for a Non-profit Organization named Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) which helps the education of underprivileged girls in Turkey.
Her sister-in-law has a cafe – Café Corbel - in Chicago where she likes to go and help.
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