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Meet Olivia Loveland
Meet Olivia Loveland

Olivia Loveland is a senior at Portland State University. In 2015, as a student in the World Languages and Literatures Turkish program, she was one of only four students in the country to receive the 2015 James W. Redhouse Prize for Best Progress in Turkish. The award is given by the American Association of Teachers of Turkic and the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. This past summer, Olivia studied at Bogazici University in Istanbul. 

Olivia is an International Development major, with added studies in Turkish and Spanish. She says she enjoys studying language because she is simultaneously learning about a new culture and connecting with people she otherwise wouldn't have been able to. After graduating from PSU in spring 2016, Olivia hopes to return to Turkey to further her language skills, and pursue her goals of working internationally as a foreign service officer or with an international organization.