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, Kerem Aytaç, 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?
I would say, be active outside your department. Bilkent offers one of the best university environments around to its students. So, take advantage of it. Participate in club activities. Go to off-campus events. Extracurricular activities are a crucial aspect of university life and have a major influence on your decision-making process concerning your future. Also, I would advise freshmen to pick up a sport, or an active hobby, not just for the health benefits but also because it will help them remain energetic and do more stuff within the course of a day.
Q. What’s something students should keep in mind throughout their time at Bilkent?
Club activities are at least as important and educative as your courses, and probably more influential on your future. So, if you’ve already decided what you want to do, you can learn many things about that sector via club activities. If you haven’t yet decided, there’s nothing better to show you what the actual situation is and what types of job opportunities you can find in various sectors, which can help you decide.
Q. Any tips or tricks to surviving life at Bilkent?
Establishing good relations with your teachers and getting to know them personally can go a long way in your development as a student. Also, having access to a good-quality coffee machine on campus can save you some money and disappointment.
Q. One word about your experience at Bilkent so far?