Words from the Ivy Valedictorian, Maya Ondalikoglu

Perhaps one of the most successful international students ever, Maya Ondalıkoğlu is the first student from Turkey ever to be selected as the class valedictorian of an Ivy League School, The University of Pennsylvania.

Maya is now one of only 2 internationals students to study at Columbia University‘s JD Program. Hear the words of advice from this truly remarkable young lady.

Elif İnce

Elif İnce | StudyInAmerica.com | New York

Elif Ince was born and raised in Istanbul. A print concentrator at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, she’s currently reporting and writing about New York City.

Before coming to Columbia, she graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s in art history. At Brown, she published an investigative story about students with eating disorders and the university’s controversial handling of their cases for the Brown Daily Herald. She has written several reviews about art exhibitions, retail establishments and bars that have been published in nymag.com and Time Out New York online, and she has worked as an editorial intern at Esquire magazine. She has contributed feature articles to Harper’s Bazaar, Travel+Leisure, Cosmopolitan and Time Out magazine in Istanbul.