İpek Kıraç’s decision to study Biology
Studying biology was the only way I could physically hope to help my mother; there was nothing else I could have done other than to sit and watch. It felt like the only way I could contribute was through biology. But of course, I also liked biology very much. My biggest lifelong dream was to work in a lab, which I also felt was a contribution to my mother. I mean, that was what I tried to do. It feels like I haven’t tried enough. My ideal is to have a laboratory of my own in Turkey. I want to work in that laboratory. I want it to be a globally-recognized laboratory and I want to do what I love there. I am like my mother: I will definitely not do anything I do not like. I like biology and I will not do anything other than biology, because it is what I love to do. Many people ask me “why don’t you study economics, or business?” I’m already going to carry the names of Suna and İnan Kıraç to the end. I will embrace what my parents leave to me. But that does not mean that I will do anything that I don’t want to do. I will not work at Koç Holding: I can’t. I want to establish my own life. I want to establish my own family.
Suna Kıraç, Ömrümden Uzun İdeallerim Var (My Ideals, Longer Than My Lifetime), Suna ve İnan Kıraç Vakfı Yayınları, Istanbul, 2006, p. 276