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, Nilüfer Firik, a fourth-year Law student, has some words of wisdom for this year’s freshmen.Q. What advice would you give freshmen about the Bilkent experience?
Most of my friends who are now seniors regret that they didn’t have much info regarding their departments and courses. So I would advise freshmen to talk to their professors or to seniors about their future plans, and take courses and study accordingly. Also, they should be aware of the variety of courses offered by Bilkent and other opportunities like sports courses, countless student clubs or being able to do a minor. And they should definitely spend at least one night on campus to witness Bilkent’s beauty when the crowds leave. If they want to challenge themselves and leave their comfort zones, go on exchange!
Q. What’s something students should keep in mind throughout their time at Bilkent?
No department is easy, and probably the university doesn’t hate us. Just try your best, but remember that you can’t control everything. Don’t be too harsh on yourself just because you weren’t able to get the grade you had hoped for or didn’t study enough, because life (and university life as well) is more than grades. Lastly, the library isn’t the only place to study; you can always explore the campus and find less crowded places to work.
Q. Any tips or tricks to surviving life at Bilkent?
Befriend people (and not only those in your department[!], because others provide you with a different take on the same issues and save you from being limited to the subjects you may have in common with friends in your department) . For most departments, the third year is the hardest and the most important, so keep this fact in mind throughout that year. Also, it may be sad to hear, but looking at somebody else’s notes may not always be enough to prepare for an exam. Lastly, please don’t hate Bilkent even if you may have every right to complain.
Q. One word about your experience at Bilkent so far?