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, Elif Ara, a fourth-year Architecture student, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.
As a senior student, I can give one piece of advice: don’t regret the things you did at the beginning of college life. Entering college is a big change, the reality of which you will eventually learn step-by-step as you gradually become more mature.
We live in an era where we still haven’t discovered how to travel in time; therefore, we can’t go back to the past and change our mistakes. As my best friend (we met on the first day of college, by the way) says, since we can’t go back from the present to the past, let’s imagine that we’ve come back from the future to the present, and live this moment to the fullest!
Don’t forget to make everything special for yourself. Find your own cozy spot to read a book while having your morning coffee. You may also have your own special place to take your friends for short sessions of gossip! Make sure you take plenty of pictures with your friends on different occasions; print them all and paste them on your wall to see for yourself how lucky you are, to be here with such amazing people!
Certainly you have every right to enjoy college life, but at the same time, make sure you do some productive work as well. Join as many different student clubs as you can to make new friends, polish your natural gifts, develop your communication skills, help make a difference in others’ lives, etc. Don’t forget that even though college might be just a short part of your whole life, the people you meet here and the things you learn will stay with you for the rest of your life. Make it memorable!