BY NAUSHERWAN AZIZ (MAN/IV)
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, Sharifiddin Sharipov, a fourth-year International Relations student, has some words of wisdom for this year’s freshmen.Q. What advice would you give freshmen about the Bilkent experience?
Basically, this might sound cheesy, but take every opportunity you can get at Bilkent. Midterms are going to be hard, classes are going to be hard, attendance is going to be hard (I say this from personal experience). Bilkent is not a place just for academic growth but for personal growth as well, so take every opportunity you can to meet new people.
Q. What’s something students should keep in mind throughout their time at Bilkent?
Don’t worry about the little things: you can fail an exam, or miss a deadline; it’s fine. University is a place to learn, and you should learn from your mistakes, so it’s okay to make them.
Q. Any tips or tricks to surviving life at Bilkent?
You should probably have a circle of close friends; that can be really helpful. Get out of Bilkent, as it can sometimes get depressing; this doesn’t necessarily mean going to other cities, although if you can do that it’s amazing. But if you’re too broke, you can just go out and visit new places around the city; Ankara is mostly boring, but it can surprise you.
Q. One word about your experience at Bilkent so far?