A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

03 December 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, Kamila Savaş, a fourth-year Industrial Engineering 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?

I would advise them to not to lose themselves amid deadlines and exams. Bilkent can be pretty hectic at those deadly times of the semester, but never underestimate the importance of your well-being. It will surprise you how much a break you give yourself can add to your productivity, how much better you will feel after a short nap or tea with a friend at Bilka.

Q. What’s something students should keep in mind throughout their time at Bilkent?

People at Bilkent are likely to be much more diverse than those in the environments we grew up in, since the students here come from different countries, different cities, and different family backgrounds and life experiences. Remembering that it’s okay to be different from some of the people you meet and respecting these differences will make you realize who you are as an individual, introduce you to different perspectives and allow you to acquire some amazing people as friends you’ll want to keep in the next step of your life.

Q. Any tips or tricks to surviving life at Bilkent?

As a person who lives in the dorms, the best tip I can give is that YemekSepeti can empty your wallet pretty quickly. So, learn how to cook or eat at Marmara.

Q. One word about your experience at Bilkent so far?

As Mary Poppins would say, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.