A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

28 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, Kübra Başpınar, 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.

Hi everyone, I hope you are doing well no matter what is coming your way! My first piece of advice is that with every situation you go through, try to learn something from it, whether a positive lesson or a negative one. Don’t give up, and always believe that life will bring more choices and opportunities. It really depends on how you see things and how open you are to other opportunities. Searching for your passion and learning what your interests are is key for a productive four years. Find your desires, and channel them in your life/studies. Focus on who you are, what you like, and what your interests are, then combine all this with the things you have to do. Doing this has influenced my performance and made it possible for me to have a balanced academic and personal life. I learned that everything doesn’t necessarily go as planned and I should always be open and ready for the outcomes of my choices. A backup plan is always needed, and there’s a joy in seeing what is going to happen after carefully making a decision. I hope we all find our own unique paths, while at the same time enjoying what we are doing.