Nazlı Elvan Gökgöz. 21 years old.
A little bit Turkish, a little bit Dutch, et un peu Bruxelloise. My cultural identity is the product of two international schools and my upbringing in Europe in a Turkish family. I’m living in Istanbul for the first time in 18 years. I’ve also lived in Brussels and in The Hague. I’m currently studying Sociology at Galatasaray University and taking a course in Acting.
I aspire to perform one day. I wish I could be a poet. I like to write to let off steam but it’s far from what I would call poetic. I love coffee and tea; perhaps this is where my Turkish descent reveals itself. I’m also passionate about hagelslag and gouda cheese. I enjoy wasting my time on the internet more than I should. I play piano and some guitar. I once bought a ukulele on my way home from a lecture, because why not? I think I have good taste in music. My playlist essentials are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Bright Eyes, The Kooks, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, and Kings of Leon. I also happen to be the kind of person you might find dancing in front of a mirror and singing along to Oops I did it again. Finally; I can’t possibly conclude this topic without mentioning Beyonce and saying amen.
I wouldn’t qualify myself as a pessimist or an optimist. I’m definitely not a realist. I am an avid escapist as I am constantly finding myself avoiding reality. I guess I’m an idealist in the sense that I prefer to think of things as they should be rather than accepting them as they are.
I believe that you have to find your own purpose in life and strive to perfect it, but never fully realize it; because if you do, then you have no purpose left. So, I am proud to say that at 21 I have not yet found my purpose but am trying every day and that’s the most that I can do. Sometimes it means getting lost or acting irrationally… but then I always remind myself that common sense is not that common.