A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

09 May 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?

It’s bittersweet!

This is my last column for Bilkent News – where did the time go? I owe this community newspaper a debt of gratitude, for it has been a platform for me to stretch my writing muscles over the past few years, and has allowed me to meet some amazing people.

As this chapter comes to an end, I would like to thank each and every one of those who were featured in this weekly series, and everyone who has contributed to the overall success of the column. This wouldn’t have been possible without your engagement and enthusiasm to share your stories and experiences with the Bilkent community. A sincere thank-you goes to the Bilkent News managing editor and editorial board for supporting this initiative and for encouraging student reporters.

As the initiator of this column, and as one who soon will become a Bilkent alumna, it’s time to share some reflections on my own experience at Bilkent with freshman students. If I have one piece of advice to give, it is, simply, learn! Don’t just study! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my years at university, it’s that everyone can graduate with a degree, but not everyone leaves with an education. So make sure you aim for the second. School is an excellent time to explore yourself. Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can, because this will help you learn about your interests, values and abilities.

Knowing that I’m writing my last piece here is only compensated for by the fact that I’ll still get to be a student journalist next year. I’m pleased to say that I will be starting my master’s studies in journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism next year. I look forward to this great opportunity, and hope to become a journalist who not only helps people to be informed, but also inspires action and sheds light on the humanity we all share.

For the next student reporters, may you continue to share remarkable and inspiring stories with the students and alumni of an outstanding university I can’t wait to call my alma mater.

It’s been real, Bilkent! Teşekkür ederim!

P.S. – If you’ve enjoyed reading this weekly column or my other articles and would like to stay in touch, I can be reached at my Twitter handle: @tasneemalghamdi.