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As I glanced over the counter, I saw a young man pacing frantically from one end of the lobby to the other, his chin visibly perspiring, his face completely flushed, his suit soaked in sweat, as he was vainly trying to get himself together. Ahmet had just immigrated to Canada from Turkey about a month ago, and was applying for refugee status. He had fled from Turkey with his wife and two kids due to his Kurdish background and hoping that Canada would yield greater opportunities for he and his family. Unfortunately, he came here with little or no money, he didn’t speak a word of English, and he was terrified of being sent back to Turkey, a country that he believed he had rid himself of for good.
At the age of 17, with my fluency in both French and Turkish, I had been newly promoted to the position of translator at the law office I had been working at, and Ahmet was the first person I was to apply for refugee status with. It consisted of basically a few standard questions which I was be asked by the representative, and I would forward to Ahmed in his native tongue. While this was the first time I had worked personally with a client, I was well-prepared. For a year prior, my occupation focused around paper work and filing, and therefore I was quite aware of the process.
Once approved, Ahmet was in a state of euphoria. He could now look for employment, and begin to attend school to help him learn English. The fact that with my help, Ahmet and his family were able to remain in Canada made me ecstatic. For as long as I can remember now, I have always had a vested interest law, but ever since this defining moment, I had been certain that this was the profession I wanted to be involved in for the rest of my life.
I very much empathized with Ahmet as his situation was extremely similar with my own. At the age of 2, I had immigrated to Canada from Turkey with my Kurdish father and Turkish mother, which certainly produced its share of hardships and adjustments. My father, being a Kurdish activist, and being critical of the Turkish government, believed it would be in our best interest if we moved to a new country with new opportunities.
While Canada is known for its multiculturalism which is exemplified in its attitudes, laws and constitution, and for the opportunities it has available for newly landed individuals, it definitely does not come without its difficulties. Moving to Canada, not knowing the language, the different lifestyle, and not having any friends of relatives made it exceedingly difficult for my family early on. Not only did my parents, who had professional employments back home, have to apply for social assistance and find new employment, I had to quickly learn the English language so I could adequately integrate myself in public school and not fall behind in class.
This is why I believe that with the experience I can gain at a LAW SCHOOL HERE, with a proven pedigree, I can focus on help individuals in a similar position to my family and Ahmet. It seems as though Turkish, and particularly Kurdish lawyers are underrepresented in Canada, therefore many people in positions similar to those of my family do not know where to go when they have emmigrated to Canada.
When newly arriving to Canada, individuals must often apply for refugee status, find a place of residence, seek legal aid, apply for welfare, open a bank account and so forth. These are all things that my family had to go through when they first came to Canada as refugees, which is why I was especially committed in helping individuals in this particular situation at the law office that I’ve been employed at part-time for the last four years.
For the majority of my undergraduate program, which consists of an Honours BA in Political Science, with a minor in Philosophy, I have also worked at the Office of Research Services. This has given be a different perspective, whereby in this case I have worked much closer with professors, research officers and faculty members. I have also been an active member of my school’s Model United Nations, where we have traveled to conferences, which have incorporated institutions from dozens of countries around the world.
Other than Turkey, which I visit by-annually, I have been to countries such as Holland, Germany, Jamaica, Cuba, and Mexico, and I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to gain incite on these cultures and the people that live there.