Krisztina Bódis

Bódis Krisztina Head, Institute of Foreign Languages, Centre for Learning and Teaching 

Recently we had an interview with her where he shared some of her great moments at METU 


1.Courses taught by you? 

Anthropology of Communication, Press Analysis, Contrastive Cultures, Between East and West, University Seminar

2.How did your journey begin at METU? 

It was at a time when I was trying to find my way back to teaching after having spent some years in the hustle of the business world that was becoming less and less attractive. Some of my former university teachers and also fellow students from my graduate years were assisting at the birth of METU and I was offered an opportunity. I can still clearly remember the very first day when I walked into the campus. And I never left. Things have changed a lot since then but this is exactly what makes this place so attractive. 

3.As a professor / leader according to you what is the most dynamic thing about METU? 

METU itself embodies dynamism from the very first moment of its foundation. It is an integral part of the institution and its culture to evolve, constantly adapt to the changes, seek new solutions and innovate in every possible way. It is this constant moving forward that makes it an extremely attractive place to work and study.

4.Being a Teacher which course is your most favourite one and why so? 

I love all my courses since as an instructor I have got the opportunity to invent and develop them based on my own interests and ideas. But if I really need to pick one, it is probably Between East and West because over the years I have seen many students transform their ideas about and get a better understanding of the Central Europe and the seemingly strange people that inhabit this part of the world. An experience that helps one go beyond their stereotypes.

5.How it feels being a part of such an International community and how it evolves you as a professor / leader? 

It is absolutely rewarding and the most important thing it has probably taught me is to fully release all assumptions you might tend to have about just anything and everything in this world. I think that helps a person to evolve and change both personally and professionally and I think it is an important contribution to any teaching activity.

6. How would you decribe your overall experience at METU so far?

At METU I have the best team that I have ever worked with, teachers that cooperate to achieve goals we all agree on and this takes place within the framework of an organization that gives you all the support and opportunity to realize your individual potential and ideas even at times of external difficulties.

7.If you have to define METU and the community at METU in one sentence how will you define it? 

It is a diverse, inclusive and supportive community where everyone is recognized and accepted.