BY YAREN SAĞLIK (TRIN/III)
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, Sarp Tekin, a fourth-year Computer Engineering student, has some words of wisdom for this year’s freshmen.
Q. What advice would you give freshmen about the Bilkent experience?
First of all, don’t miss classes during your first year. Because once you get used to not attending classes, it becomes a habit that doesn’t end well – trust me, I’ve experienced that problem. Also, try to participate in school clubs your first year, because as the years pass you become more and more occupied, and it becomes harder to spend time on club activities.
Q. What’s something students should keep in mind throughout their time at Bilkent?
Speaking for my department (CS), the education you get at Bilkent is better than that at the majority of universities in Turkey. The instruction here is based more on theory, which may cause some problems when you first enter the business world, but this is something that you can overcome through practical experience.
Q. Any tips or tricks to surviving life at Bilkent?
Try to come up with a schedule that suits you (for studying, socializing, etc.), and try to stick to it. Also, try to form a social group that will improve your lifestyle, not drag you down.
Q. One word about your experience at Bilkent so far?