BY DANIYAL ADMANY (CTIS/II)
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, Arba Hoxha, a fourth-year Computer Science student, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.
Q. What advice would you give freshmen about the Bilkent experience?
There are many pieces of advice crossing my mind, but the most important would be, “Study productively.” Just because you’re sitting in front of a book for two or three hours doesn’t mean that you’ll do well during your academic years at Bilkent. I would also emphasize the importance of trying to enjoy the best of both worlds – why not create a balance between your social and your academic life? In the end, you won’t remember all the midterms and finals you went through; the simplest moments, like just chilling on the lawn with your friends, will be some of the best memories of your university life.
Q. What’s something students should keep in mind throughout their time at Bilkent?
I think that the most important thing to keep in mind is to always be searching for the purpose of your life. What makes you happy? What will make you a successful person in the future? What are your skills, and how can you improve them? And most importantly, what do you want to get out of this university experience?
Q Any tips or tricks to surviving life at Bilkent?
I guess some important tricks are coffee, sleepless nights and a good network. One important tip would be, “Ask.” There are no stupid questions; don’t forget, you’re here to learn.
Q. One word about your experience at Bilkent so far?