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Defne Deniz Menceloğlu was born and raised in İstanbul. She came to Minnesota in August of 2019 to study for a bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in sustainability studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is expecting to graduate in Spring 2024 and hopes to continue her studies and pursue a doctoral degree. Defne is currently the president of the Turkish cultural club at the University, Turkish American Student Association (TASA). They are a relatively small group, but their size helps them get to know their members well and form tight-knit friendships. If you want to learn more about TASA and their upcoming events, you can follow them on their Instagram page: @tasa_minnesota. Outside of her commitments at the university, Defne enjoys being in the kitchen, specifically baking, and listening to audiobooks while playing games on her phone.

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