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, Pablo la Torre, a fourth-year Architecture student, has some words of wisdom for this year’s freshmen.
Q. What advice would you give freshmen about the Bilkent experience?
It all boils down to what you truly want to get out of Bilkent University, so the first thing I would say is answer the question, “What do I want?” Then do all it takes to get that. Because at Bilkent, as at most universities, you’ll be told to always go to classes, to socialize, to do this and do that, but most of the time you never get to explore what you want. Always remember that Bilkent University is an educational tool and social environment for achieving your goals; if you love nightlife, go party; if you’re a bookworm, go read; if you’re all of the above, then try doing all of these things at different times, and don’t worry about what professors, family or friends say.
Q. What’s something students should keep in mind throughout their time at Bilkent?
Put yourself in as many different environments and situations as you can, and explore everything that Bilkent can give you; however, be extremely stubborn about your life goals, values and beliefs – and at the same time be extremely self-critical, and accept change, because during university life everything will be put to the test, and the best thing you can get from this is to grow as a person.
Q. Any tips or tricks to surviving life at Bilkent?
Sleep eight hours, eat healthily, and go to the gym no matter what.
Q. One word about your experience at Bilkent so far?