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, Nadira Kusaeni, a fourth-year International Relations student from Indonesia, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.
Hi everyone! My first piece of advice to international students in particular would be to make the most out of your time in Turkey. I’m sure some of you didn’t even think of coming to Turkey at first. But since you have accepted the offer to study at Bilkent, be aware of the great opportunities Bilkent and Turkey can provide you. One way to take advantage of such opportunities is to learn the language. People in this country appreciate it a lot if you know some Turkish. I know many of you may have struggled with the language barrier, especially outside Bilkent. But don’t be discouraged from learning this unique language. It should actually be a motivation for you, knowing that you will be one of the very few people from your country who know Turkish. Learning the language will open many doors and create a lot of new opportunities. To name a few: you can start earning money from translation work; do better research on Turkey-related issues; build a startup; have a greater chance to become the next ambassador from your country. (Okay, that’s going a bit too far, but you know what I mean.)
To everyone in general, I would advise you to try new things. Go somewhere far away (go on an exchange, for example), meet different people, read different books, accept new ideas. In the future, you will realize what awesome progress you made! Best of luck!