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, Burak Çelik, 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.
As a senior student, you start to find yourself dreaming about the moments that you’ve really enjoyed in your university life. This makes you sad, because four years of college have gone by like a Falcon Heavy. The worst part is, there’s no way back. Being at university changes your life a lot, especially if you’re on a cozy, green, inspiring campus like that of Bilkent. It becomes home at some point. When I was in my first year, I wasn’t aware of the opportunities that Bilkent had to offer. But by the time you graduate, you won’t have ended up with only a diploma, but also invaluable friendships, so many funny stories, a great vision of the world and, most importantly, a self-confident version of yourself.
Friendship matters! My dear friend, friendship makes your moments of nonsense incredibly fun. Therefore, don’t hold back from finding those amazing/lifelong friends. University is the right time to get acquainted with people you’ve never met before, so give them a chance. When you collect good people around you, at some point they start to become part of one big family for you.
Sleep less, do more! In my first year on campus, I remember a specific moment when I decided to join every student society available. Obviously, it wasn’t a good idea, because you can’t cope with being an active member of more than two clubs unless you’re Superman. But if you learn to schedule your time, you can create a balance between your academic and social lives that will make others surprised to see how productive you are. Although people say that I study hard, sleep little and think about my studio projects all the time (partially true), I participated in the Design and Architecture Society in my first year and attended all the meetings for three years. Now I’m a part of a large society, as a co-chairman. I don’t regret any moments except those I spent at home doing nothing.
Make a difference in your life! When you shift from high school to university, your responsibilities increase, but so does your freedom. Now, you’re the designer of your own life – have fun. It’s the right time to go somewhere you’ve never been before; it’s the time to make life memorable. Despite the challenges, there are so many opportunities for creating your own world. Think of it as a time of freedom between your high school years and your work life, with all its responsibilities. Do something just because you enjoy it.
Be yourself! You’ll always see a guy in a student club trying to adapt his behavior to that of the group in order to be sociable. If you care what others think, you don’t care about your own happiness in the end. Let them think what they want to about you. Also, please don’t forget the promises that you made to yourself while studying to gain admittance to college: you’ve earned the right to be here!
For those who say that their lives are hard, I would answer that the first years of university life are always hard. You deserve to be here, so don’t forget these three mottos: Study Hard! Love What You Do! Sleep Less!