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This Immigrant is here to change the game

A unique story gives you a unique voice to use.

There are enough people that are silenced. So I chose to be loud for the ones that don't have the privilege.

That is what all my work is about as a writer and aspiring journalist.

Let's take it from the beginning.

Hi, I am Aysun. Nice to meet you.

I am a 23-year-old daughter of Turkish immigrants. My parents moved to Germany to grant us a better future. Only through their sacrifices have I been able to study journalism abroad in Scotland.

I have a deep passion for travelling and discovering new cultures. Through open and empathic discussions, it is possible to find solutions for our society's complex and layered problems.

As a queer woman of colour I have experienced discrimination. I have seen it. I have heard of it. My life has been flooded with stories of other minorities being treated differently. What do you do when you witness this much pain and inequality?

You either continue with your life, or you decide to get loud.

For me, the choice was obvious.

Why complain when you can change the game, huh?

Hopes and ambitions are one thing.

However, how does reality look compared with the heroic fantasy of being a writer? How does the everyday life of a student journalist with a diverse background really look?

Well, I have written more applications than I can count, networked with more people than I can remember, and hit up more journalists on Twitter than some might find reasonable.

But then again: Who cares?

You stop bothering about what other people might think when you have something more significant to fight for. The possibility of not achieving your goal is much more frightening than public embarrassment.

On the flip side, this journey has also brought me three work placements, a summer academy place at GlobalGirl Media UK, and different travel opportunities. And this is only the beginning.

I am proud of where I come from, who I am, and where I am going.

Let's see where my path leads me next.

Author: Aysun Bora

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