A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

14 March 2017 Comments Off on A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen


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, Ahmed Halid Kayhan, a fourth-year Law student from Turkey, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.

It’s amazing to graduate from such a good university that has so many different offerings. I’ve had four wonderful years here. It’s so obvious that most of the time it’s hard to be a Bilkent student because of the amount of work you’re expected to do. So it’s tough. However, that’s only one aspect. You’re studying at one of the best universities in the country, and there’s no doubt about the academics, library and facilities.

For example, one of my favorite programs is Sports as a Way of Life, where there are classes at the gym and the pool. Moreover, try to benefit from the foreign language courses and musical instrument lessons the school offers. I’m glad I was able to take advantage of these options and benefit from them. Other than that, be active – there are many different clubs, including my favorite, TDP (Social Awareness Projects).

I think everyone should be active in at least one of the clubs at Bilkent to have a good time, socialize with other people and improve personal skills. If anyone were to ask me what I would have changed in my university life, it would be to have been a member of TDP starting from my very first day at Bilkent. This is simply to be part of the solution, instead of the problem. (Anyway, as I’m the coordinator of TDP, this might look like too much advertising, so I’ll leave it there.)

Finally, there are thousands of people that I’ve met here. I encourage you to socialize and have long-lasting friendships. Don’t get lost under the pressure of the workload, and try to benefit as much as you can from the all the options the school provides. Of course, study hard to survive at Bilkent!