BY YAREN SAĞLIK (TRIN/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, Serra Koz, a fourth-year Interior Architecture and Environmental Design student, has some words of wisdom for this year’s freshmen.
Q. What advice would you give freshmen about the Bilkent experience?
It’s important to put everything in order. For me, that was very hard to do at first. Maintaining a balance between social life, classes and sleeping was quite difficult in the beginning, but eventually, I learned how to plan well. I believe that we shouldn’t get obsessed with one thing. I’ve only just come to realize this, so I can’t help but think that I’ve missed out on some things. One of my professors has a saying, and that’s what opened my eyes: The perfect is the enemy of the good. We shouldn’t miss out on life just to get perfect grades in our classes.
Q. What’s something students should keep in mind throughout their time at Bilkent?
Time flies. As you get older, your responsibilities increase and you become busier. That’s why, instead of saying negative things like, “My life is terrible,” “I fail in everything,” or “This school is eating me alive,” we need to learn how to enjoy this time. We may find many reasons to get upset, but it’s important to try to be happy and not obsess over grades.
Q. Any tips or tricks to surviving life at Bilkent?
Don’t take 8:40 classes on Mondays, especially if you don’t live on campus. Also, instead of buying all of your course materials from Meteksan, try to get those materials from former students. A lot of students are willing to give away their books and notes. Then, you can pass what you have on to the next students and create a cycle.
Q. One word about your experience at Bilkent so far?