A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

23 October 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, Kaan Dökmeci, 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.

I hope that you’re having a good day so far today. Remember, yesterday was just an ordinary day, and you don’t know what tomorrow will bring. An ordinary day at Bilkent is about surviving and saving “today,” but today is a day that stays with you every day, and you might find yourself at a dead end if you always focus on “today.” Therefore, in my opinion, people lose the essence of life if they plan too much. Let “Bilkent Life” just happen to you!

Having said that, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan at all. No matter what your major is, you have to make sure that you plan things weeks ahead; otherwise you might fall victim to self-doubt and depression. Let’s be honest, if you’re a Bilkent student and don’t have anything to do for the next day, you’re either forgetting something or you’re very lucky!

For those looking for success at Bilkent, I’d say the ability to manage both time and stress is the key quality you need. Don’t get intimidated by the new things that happen to you here. Trust yourself and your decisions, because – remember – you deserve to be here. There’s nothing you’re not capable of, so stop listening to people who might try to undermine you. Their opinions don’t really matter.

While surviving Bilkent Life, we tend to forget the more important things in life as a whole; your assignment grades are of no use if you’re on the verge of losing the precious values of friendship, love and trust. These are what make us “us.” Therefore, try to find a balance between focusing on studies and maintaining healthy relationships with others.  By doing so, you’ll get the best from your “today.”