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, Irmak Suzan Ertaş, a fourth-year student in the Department of Communication and Design from Turkey, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.
My advice to students who are freshmen at Bilkent University would be to be conscious of the department they will be studying in. By doing this, it will be easier to set a goal, a conscious goal, about their future and their career.
Another suggestion would be to be able to defend their points and learn to speak up and be confident and professional in what they are presenting, regardless of what it is. Lastly and most importantly, I would say to do what they think will be best for themselves, instead of what is expected of them, even if this means getting a low grade. Because in the end, studying a subject at university means figuring out what you do best and with passion, so you should pursue this based on what your advantages are, which are different than those of your classmates. As a result, this will give you the confidence that you seek from others.