A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

05 March 2018 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, Yiğit Külah, a fourth-year Industrial Engineering student, gives advice as to how this year’s fresh men can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.

When you’re on the verge of graduating from Bilkent, your life flashes before your eyes very vividly (though this may sound like a cliché). Perhaps this is the reason I want to write these sentences for freshmen. It may sound great to graduate after all the struggles of academic life, like rushing to meet deadlines or submitting taxing assignments or reports. However, memories become the most valuable part of you, especially when you’re about to finish an era in your life. In my learning process at Bilkent, I’ve not only improved myself in terms of my academic interests but also expanded my perspective on life.

As an industrial engineering student, I’ve achieved a balance between social and academic life, but more importantly, I’ve learned how to manage my time efficiently, this being the most important skill I’ve gained so far. Speaking of academics, I should emphasize the fact that previously, there hadn’t been even a single day when I felt completely relaxed, and that’s why I’ve recognized that scheduling your time works wonders for you. When you do this, there’s always enough space to work, exercise and enjoy life.

The university not only prepares you for occupational success; it also enlightens your conception of social life. The most fundamental pursuits at university are: finding people who will really open up your horizons and make you happy; searching for friends who will always stand by your side; and being respectful of everyone who doesn’t share the same values as you and endeavoring to learn something new from them. Each day, you’re the only one responsible for investing in yourself. Keeping this in mind, set your expectations high and try to force yourself to satisfy those expectations, because you’ll never know what you’re capable of until you push your limits.

Summing up everything for my freshmen friends: making moments precious, investing in yourselves, pushing your limits, and scheduling time to work, exercise and enjoy life will help you get the best out of your time at Bilkent. Please never approach problems as trouble; try to gain something valuable from them. Believe in yourself, because you are unique.