Issykata is a mystical Uyghur city in the northern Kyrgyzstan, famous for its healing waters. Dinara lived with her mother and three siblings in this city located between two mountains for years. She graduated from university as a grantee of Türkiye Scholarships, and is about to finish her Master’s degree in the field of Radio, Television and Cinema. She says she grew up with our culture, as she came to Turkey when she was 17 years old.
“Even serving tea in glass cups feels to me as a part of my culture. I embraced it.”
She lived with her family in Issykata, Kyrgyzstan – a city densely populated by Uyghurs. She was either going to continue her studies in Issykata or in the Turkish Anatolian High School for Girls in Bishkek.
Her mother wanted her to learn other languages and to get to know herself and the world better, so she took her to the Kyrgyz-Turkish High School. Dinara successfully passed the entrance exam, started learning Turkish in school, and slowly developed a desire to study in Turkey.
In high-school, she starred in theatrical plays, and was a presenter of every New Year’s program. She was a very socially active student, so she made her decision: “I should improve myself in this area.”
In Turkey, she completed her undergraduate studies in fashion design. “Honestly, fashion design was not my first choice. I was actually very sorry that I wouldn’t be able to study at the department of Radio, Television and Cinema, but I was attracted by the prospect of studying in Turkey,” she says. Before long, she realized that her department was also teaching a form of art, and that she was going to be successful in that field as well. She successfully graduated from the university and made her mother proud.
Nevertheless, she was not about to stay indifferent to the field she truly belonged in, and decided to pursue a master’s degree in Radio, Television and Cinema.
Dinara has a bold and ambitious goal: “In Kyrgyzstan, education in Radio, Television and Cinema is not sufficient. I want to contribute to the development of this field in Kyrgyzstan by teaching as an academician.”
As she puts it, she managed to graduate the ‘university of life’ owing to Turkey. She was lucky enough to come to a place where she would leave her “closed box” and acquire much broader worldview. She gained the ability to make more mature decisions and approach life from a more mature perspective. She adds: “I achieved all this owing to Turkey…”
When she returns to her country, she will remember Turkey with a sweet smile on her face. “I now have two homelands, both Kyrgyzstan and Turkey.”