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, Sabuhi Osmanov, a fourth-year Economics student, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.
Once you start your university life at Bilkent, one thing you have to keep reminding yourself about is how many opportunities exist here. It’s mainly up to you what portion of these opportunities you will use during your period of study, and so I would like to briefly touch on them.
Definitely prioritize attending classes and learning the maximum from your courses and instructors, given the fact that Bilkent has an excellent academic staff. The knowledge you’ll get during your early morning or late evening classes could actually be more useful than you think, so my advice would be not to skip class. This will facilitate your preparation for exams and quizzes as well.
Widen your circle of friends by talking to your classmates, joining student clubs, participating in sports activities and even saying “hi” to people you see very often. There are many students with interesting backgrounds, so creating a network and having connections is almost a must. Surrounding yourself with good people will be beneficial for your future in different ways; it will motivate you to achieve higher goals as well.
Make use of opportunities to do a variety of things, such as participating in sports, taking music and language courses as electives, and learning more about other cultures from students of various nationalities, which will help you become a cosmopolitan person. My main advice would also include spending time outside the campus and traveling around Turkey as much as possible, because it will keep you energetic and optimistic throughout the year; in fact, try to leave Ankara every few weeks.
The most important part of your university life is how you allocate your time for maximum productivity. I personally achieve this through having a proper sleeping routine, and therefore I would suggest the same to you. Manage your time wisely, and your plans will come true. Make the most of your precious moments!