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, Pelin Türkmen, a fourth-year Translation and Interpretation student, has some words of wisdom for this year’s freshmen.
Q. What advice would you give freshmen about the Bilkent experience?
Manage your time as if tomorrow were the last day of university, but don’t worry about your GPA at first. When I take a look at my transcript now, I see that in the first year, I got the lowest marks of any of my four years. However, after that, my grades only went up and up. Spending your time both wisely and comfortably is crucial. It’s normal to be nervous about an important event or life change, but if you get anxious about something here, it won’t work at all. Don’t put off your assignments or physical activity until next week. Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today. In the beginning, I was a procrastinator, but then I realized that I was wasting precious moments by postponing everything, even social activities. Stay in the flow.
Q. What’s something students should keep in mind throughout their time at Bilkent?
Try to love the people around you. Love the animals on the campus, like your favorite course’s professor, make as many friends from your dormitories and classes as you can. Because, loving enables you to adapt to university life and get used to your environment and courses. We may not always be optimistic about everything at university, but try to see the glass as half full, not half empty.
Q. Any tips or tricks to surviving life at Bilkent?
Take up a new hobby on campus. Join clubs or societies you’re interested in. Register for a “Sports as a Way of Life” course. Take music lessons. There are many facilities and opportunities at Bilkent to help ease the anxiety of midterm week or make your busy schedule with eight courses enjoyable.
Q. One word about your experience at Bilkent so far?