A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

26 September 2017 Comments Off on A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

BY ALİ HAİDER (ARCH/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, Abdul Wahab, an Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department student, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.

It seems like just yesterday when I first came to Bilkent in fall 2014. Your college years pass by very fast, and the best thing you can do is to relish all of them. College is greatly different from high school; it gives you a true opportunity for personal discovery. Be confident of your abilities, show your potential, and don’t back off from hurdles. Learning from mistakes is certainly helpful, but it’s better to learn as early as possible. Freshman year is not academically intensive in most cases, so it’s a good time to get a taste of social activities, parties, sports and sightseeing, and know which of all those things is right for you.

In my opinion, prioritizing activities and use of your time can definitely help. Be sure to know what your major demands are, and always plan in advance. Academics should certainly be the top priority for most students; but a healthy social routine is also one of the key ingredients for successful college years. You may know all the cool facts about Bilkent University, but the best one is that it is filled with amazing people from around the globe. This is a great place to make lifelong friends and meaningful connections.

Many freshmen are not aware of the resources that Bilkent has to offer. There are a variety of valuable courses, and freshman year is the best time to open up the STARS system and learn which courses you can take and when. Explore the campus and find suitable work areas for yourself. For me, the B Building computer labs are great for computer-related work, while study rooms and the library serve very well as quiet study places. So, get up, get out of the comfort of your room, and enjoy university life while you can.