A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

13 February 2017 Comments Off on A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

BY TASNEEM AL-GHAMDI (COMD/IV)

For most of us, a new role in life presents a variety of challenges and some surprises, too. Advice from someone who’s already been there can help get us through the rough spots. In the case of university students, who better than seniors to offer the benefit of their experience?

This week, Yazın Öztürk, a fourth-year Communication and Design student from Turkey, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.

This is directed especially to the freshmen in the COMD department: Hello there, fresh blood/multi-tasking genius/journalist/designer/ gamer/filmmaker/editor/sound designer/ screenwriter/PR specialist/film critic/COMDer, welcome to the club! As a senior student, I would say, don’t stress about your future yet. Because first of all, you’re not alone. Around 70 percent (at least that’s my observation so far) of COMD students struggle with a feeling of ambiguity about the future. However, it’s not the end of the world and you shouldn’t  be stressing about it, because within these four years, your opinion can change and you’ll see things from different perspectives; what you like now may be something you hated a few years ago. So you should let yourself be open to other media fields as well. In the media sector, as in other sectors, it’s very competitive; everyone knows everything, so try to learn the skills that will help you become as flexible as you can. Because yes, one day you’ll use that basic knowledge from COMD 101, even though you may be complaining about it today. Be motivated and try to enjoy what you study; it will be very difficult to do the work if you’re not enjoying it. COMD is a very general department, as the name implies. Don’t expect the school to guide you and tell you what your passion is, because you’re the only one who can figure it out. Lastly, be open to other sources of learning; traveling is my favorite source, and I’ve learned a lot from it.