BY ALİ ADEEB (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, Sefa Savıcı, a fourth-year Law student, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.
As a senior-year student at Bilkent University, I feel really sad and am full of regret. People congratulate me when they hear that I’m about to graduate from Bilkent; however, only a Bilkenter can understand why I’m not able to share their happiness. Now let me list my regrets so that you don’t make the same mistakes.
First of all, the facilities at Bilkent are awesome, especially if you’re living in the Bilkent dormitories. There are a multitude of meaningful activities available. For instance, outside Bilkent you generally have to pay hundreds of liras to have access to the kind of sports facilities we can use for free here. Unfortunately, many students don’t realize this. For example, the swimming pool here is top-notch. Waking up early and going swimming before classes can be the most worthwhile activity of campus life because it leaves you energetic and helps relieve stress. In short, utilize the facilities available to you.
Secondly, we’re here to obtain a high-quality education. Thankfully, Bilkent provides us with an excellent faculty. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize the importance of this during my first three years here. Newcomers should benefit from the high-profile faculty that Bilkent has to offer. Remember that if a person is able to teach at this university, that person is very knowledgeable in her/his field. But even if you think that she/he isn’t so good, there’s always something that you can learn and be inspired by.
Lastly, Bilkent and dormitory life have made me realize the value of friendship and a healthy social life. Most of us come from different cities or countries, and are far away from our families. Here I’ve met people who have become my family. I believe that all of my friends will be in good places in the future, because Bilkent is a place for brilliant minds and people of action. Therefore, don’t forget that your network for professional life starts right here: from day one at the preparatory school right up until graduation.