Self-Sacrifice, Belonging, & The Wishing Tree


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Sitting at her 9-to-5 desk job in corporate finance, Mariya Ilyas loved her job, but craved something more. Her time in college had taught her the concept of community, resilience, and giving back, and - despite resistance from her family - Mariya accepted the opportunity to become a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Istanbul, Turkey, where she eventually discovered the power that lay in her hyphenated-identity.

This episode is a story of resiliency, self-sacrifice, and belonging. Join us to hear more about Mariya’s ExchangeAlumni experience and how it also led her to an encounter with the “Wishing Tree.”

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