A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

04 November 2019 Comments Off on A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen


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, Özüm Yenen, a fourth-year Management student, has some words of wisdom for this year’s freshmen.Q. What advice would you give freshmen about the Bilkent experience?

Four years will pass much faster than you think, so make the most of your time. Remember that school is one of the best environments for making friends; always try to make new friends and get out of your comfort zone. If you like filming, try to record these moments or at least take pictures. It will help you more clearly remember this time and, more importantly, who you were at this time. Try new things; be open.

Q. What’s something students should keep in mind throughout their time at Bilkent?

There will be tons of opportunities around you; try as many things as you can. If you don’t get accepted for something you applied for, never lose hope. All of us have been rejected many times; it’s all about the right time. And never give up on what you want to do just because you got a bad grade; after all, there were several variables in the equation. Take as many electives as possible from different departments; maybe you’ll discover a new version of yourself you never knew was there.

Q. Any tips or tricks to surviving life at Bilkent?

Go to class!

Never forget to preregister.

Never bad-mouth Marmara; you’ll have to go there at the end of the month. Always purchase meals before the prices go up.

Don’t be shy, and don’t be afraid of sharing your ideas in class.

If you like the way a professor teaches, go talk to them.

Take the first step in making friends, and give as much as you take.

Q. One word about your experience at Bilkent so far?