A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

27 November 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, Hilmi Kaan Kaya, a fourth-year Chemistry student, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.

After having spent a major chunk of my life at Bilkent, I feel very nostalgic when the idea of graduation strikes me. Bilkent has given me the opportunity to befriend people – from the bottom of my heart – both from my country and from beyond its borders. I feel lucky to have met these people, who now stand as my family.

For people coming from places far from Bilkent, homesickness is one major problem. I know it because I’ve been there. Over the years, while going through fits of homesickness, I would miss many things about home. With time I learned how to live without them, but my longing to walk barefoot on the carpet in my home never faded away. And I’m happy that this memory has stayed with me over the last few years away from home. To newcomers, I would say, don’t strive too hard to get rid of things that remind you of home, thinking that it will make you stronger, because I believe having a connection to your roots in the form of such trivial longings is what keeps you grounded.

Bilkent is full of surprises. I’m a science student, but Bilkent is a place that introduced me to literature (although of course a little rocket science too :)), and I’ve been in awe of its beauty and power ever since. This affection for literature flourished over time as I interacted with living. So keep yourself open to opportunities that come your way and don’t resist stepping out of your comfort zone – trust me that once you do that, you will see the winds of change breezing through your life. Peace…