In choosing a college, students often consider the length of time it will take to complete their program, the culture of the campus, and the proximity to their home. Howard Community College checked all of these boxes for Azra Ozturk, a 15-year-old homeschooled student who is dually enrolled at HCC. After watching her older sister enjoy her experience at HCC, Azra decided to enroll in classes in 2017 at age 13.
What made you choose to study social sciences?
After taking sociology, I decided to change my area of study to social sciences. I liked the program and what I was learning. HCC’s environment is welcoming, and I wanted to maximize my learning by pursuing my interests in high school because that’s not something everyone gets a chance to do.
What classes have you taken at HCC that have inspired you and how?
Besides sociology, my favorite class that I have taken at HCC is Western Civilization and the Modern World. I wrote a paper about the impact of the British Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. The research I did was really intense and interesting.
What classes are you enrolled in that you’re most excited about?
I’m most excited about two classes — economics and philosophy. I’m interested in learning about different worldviews, and also about how the way people view money has changed over time.
What is something important you have learned at HCC that you’d like other students to know?
Even though it can be intimidating, especially as a dual enrollment student, people at HCC have been really nice. Professors treat me like a normal student, and there are lots of different people in my classes with me. Take hold of your education and do stuff on campus to meet people.
If there was a year in history you would want to live in before time-travelling back to the present, what year would it be and why?
1969 — Even though I’d hate to live in a time where people are mistreated, it was a transformative year for women’s rights, civil rights, and there were so many inspirational people of color, especially women. I would have also liked to see the moon landing.