A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

28 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, Zhanat Tolubaev, a fourth-year Communication and Design student from Kyrgyzstan, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.

You don’t need me to tell you how time management is important or how doing exercises in the morning actually helps you start your day energetically. What I want to share with you is a part of what I’ve really learned during my five years here.

Apart from cool rankings and quality education, what makes a university special are people. There’s nowhere else you can find so many different people just like you, trying to find their place under the sun. So many different experiences, backgrounds, cultures, ways of speaking, ways of living, habits, good and bad. And ultimately, it’s all going to change you. You’ll become a new you. It’s just that your path will be unique. You’ll have your own set of failures, disappointments, ups and downs.

So if I were to give you only one piece of advice as a senior student here: Make mistakes. Actually, make tons and tons of mistakes. Don’t be afraid to go out there and raise your hand in a class of 70 people and ask questions all the time. Trust me, most of the time, people around you will secretly thank you for doing that. Go and talk to the girl/guy you’ve always liked. Get a new haircut. Don’t sit in your room.

It’s now or never.