A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

01 May 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, Turab Ali Khan, 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.

There you are, two semesters into your college life. Some of you will already be loving it, while some will not. To the latter group, I would say: Let bygones be bygones, and look ahead.  You have six more semesters – a time in your life that’s not going to come again. This is the time when you can make some amazing friends who are certainly going to be your biggest asset in life, and the time when you can work hard to make the future you desire.

We’re all students here, and we need to prioritize things in order to bring out the best in us to the world. Be open to new ideas and willing to discuss your beliefs, from religion to science to the smaller details of life. With not only a well-groomed personality but also an enlightened way of thinking, you’ll certainly feel different at the end of these four years. Make new friends and choose them wisely to make these years the best of your life so far.

If you’re an international, try to learn the Turkish language. It will change the way you think, and you’ll be able to connect with your Turkish friends at a deeper level. Make friendships that will last forever. Be there when someone needs you!

Bilkent can be hard to endure sometimes when assignments and exams come at you all at once, but be patient and look at the bright side: it’s going to end, and you’ll be sitting on the green hill with the people who care about you and you have the most fun with. At the same time, your grades are important too. So don’t forget to improve them; and if you’re not doing well and during those times when you’re not able to concentrate at all, just take a deep breath, forgive yourself, and carry on.