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, Elif Özgür, a fourth-year Psychology student, has some words of wisdom for this year’s freshmen.Q. What advice would you give freshmen about the Bilkent experience?
I would definitely recommend socializing and getting to know the school during the first year. Compared to other years, the first will be your easiest, no matter what your department is. Join the clubs that intrigue you, live in the dorms and go to the FF movie screenings. Also, try to get to know your department. Talk to the juniors and especially the seniors; see what kind of insights they’ll give you. But don’t forget to listen to what your heart says. No matter how inexperienced you are, you’ll always know better than anyone else what’s best for you.
Q. What’s something students should keep in mind throughout their time at Bilkent?
Don’t dwell on the future so much that it distracts you from the present moment. Try to evaluate yourself each semester, and try to enjoy the classes that you’re taking. Look at the course offerings carefully, or you, like me, might end up discovering electives that you enjoy insanely only in your last semester.
Q. Any tips or tricks to surviving life at Bilkent?
Try to balance studying, socializing and sleeping equally. Maybe studying should outweigh the others a little, but not that much. If you focus on any of these areas too much, you’ll either lose your mental health, or your GPA will decrease dramatically.
Q. One word about your experience at Bilkent so far?