A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

10 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, Orkun Ok, a fourth-year Molecular Biology and Genetics 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 suggest that they not let the stressful side of Bilkent get into their heads. Although they’ll be dealing with midterms, deadlines, finals and labs, the university years are the years that make a person who they are. Make the most out of the opportunities Bilkent will offer you, and be free in your mind to participate in activities as much as possible.

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

I think everyone should remember that the friendships a person makes in their university years are friendships that will last. So stop competing with your classmates, and strengthen your relations to work together on issues. The more you’re together, the more easily you’ll succeed.

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

Listen to the lectures and don’t wait until the last minute to gather your information for assignments and exams. You might face incompetent or unprofessional people at times during your studies, but don’t lose your temper. Fight for what is right and be professional.

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