Fellow:Selenay Sonay Tufan

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Selenay Sonay Tufan
School (Cohort)
Istanbul Technical University (2020 cohort)
Majoring in
Mechanical Engineering


Selenay Sonay Tufan, I was born in Istanbul/Şişli in 2000. I completed my primary, secondary and high school education in Şişli and still live there. I completed my high school education at Nişantaşı Anatolian High School [1] (English High School for Boys) and then, as a mechanical engineer, I studied English at Yıldız Technical University for a year. After completing my one-year English education, I changed my school and department with a serious decision. With this decision, I moved to Istanbul Technical University(ITU) [2] civil engineering department. And I studied civil engineering for 1 year. At the end of this year, I moved to the mechanical engineering department with the " opportunity to change departments for students who have high GPA " offered by my school. And I am studying mechanical engineering at Istanbul Technical University since October 2020.

I would like to talk a little bit about what I did while studying in these schools. During my high school years, I worked many times in organizations that required teamwork. Also, I was in an award program that aims to prepare young people for today's world. The name of this award program is The Duke Of Edinburgh's International Award [3] and it is an international program that every young person between the ages of 14-24 can attend. The program is categorized as Bronze-Silver-Gold. During my high school years I finished the first level of this program(Bronze), and in the first year of my university life I finished most of the second level(Silver). I am currently trying to complete the last level of this program(Gold).

However, I took an active role in many clubs during the year I was a student at Yıldız Technical University. These clubs were generally about entrepreneurship and the industry. In addition, as my special interest, I was a support team member(Thanks to this team, I received a lot of training about racing cars.) in the race car team at my school for the international Formula Student [4] race during the year I was there. When I came to Istanbul Technical University, I had discovered my interests more and almost all the activities I participated in were about entrepreneurship and finding a solution to a problem.

My acquaintance with the University Innovation Fellows program is the result of these activities I participated in. I was in a program called FireUp at our school and some of our teammates would be nominated for the UIF program according to our success in this program. We all worked hard and came up with some solutions to the problems at our university. After that, we were elected with some votes. If one of my team is reading this post, I love you very much and you can be sure that I try to do my best here :).

I want to finish my biography by mentioning a few of my hobbies. I've been playing the piano since my high school years. This was my childhood dream and I was able to deal with this dream only in high school years. I have been doing archery since the first year of my university life and this year I have just started practicing yoga.

I love meeting new people and creating new ideas. I believe that with my teammates in this program, we will produce innovative ideas and create a positive impact by solving a important problem.

Stay with love and health. Good luck in life.


The Bronze Standard Of The Duke Of Edinburgh's International Award https://www.intaward.org.tr/

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