With classes and the official school year under way, the Turkish Flagship students, faculty, tutors, and employees gathered to celebrate the start of what will definitely be an exciting and productive year for the Flagship program. Everyone enjoyed delicious Turkish cuisine while discussing the language and culture of Turkey, in addition to sharing their summer experiences, from the Critical Language Scholarship in Baku to the Summer Language Workshop in Bloomington. New students met with program veterans and faculty, and received a warm welcome into the Flagship community as well as a fascinating first exposure to Turkish culture. Students socialized with their tutors from last year and met with their newly assigned tutors. Everyone was given a folder with relevant information to the upcoming year, including program requirements and flyers for clubs related to Turkish. Program director Kemal Hoca met with all the students and discussed the benefits of simultaneously acquiring Azeri and Turkish skills during the summer and Capstone year in Baku, as well as the prospects for the program returning to Turkey at some point in the upcoming years. Overall, the picnic was a great opportunity for the Flagship community to come together and get excited for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic year.