So Happy at Dartmouth
Damla Er '10 is studying economics and government at Dartmouth. Her father, Dr. Turgay Er, is an orthopedic surgeon, and her mother, Dr. Sule Er, is an ophthalmologist. They live in Istanbul, Turkey.
We allowed Damla to choose whichever school she wanted. She chose Dartmouth because of its exceptional academic reputation, small size with clear interactions with professors, plenty of opportunity for research, generous financial aid package, and friendly atmosphere.
We miss her a lot during the terms she is away from home. She is our only child, but knowing that she is so happy at Dartmouth helps make the separation easier.
None of us had ever seen Dartmouth before Damla decided to attend. We came to visit during her first week to help her get settled and that was the first time we saw the school and New Hampshire.
She likes Dartmouth very much. From what she has heard from her friends at other colleges, she had the warmest welcome to university life. She also tells us that the pleasant competitiveness of her peers is motivating rather than stressful. She adores her professors and their friendly tone. These make us very happy and proud.
Damla's experiences at Dartmouth are helping her grow. We think that her living so far away from the family, getting to know a foreign environment, and attempting to stand on her own two feet greatly help her develop an even stronger sense of self-esteem.
Sule and I hope that her Dartmouth education will provide a strong background for her to be successful in whichever career she chooses. We also hope it will help her develop her personality to greater dimensions.