A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

12 December 2016 Comments Off on A Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen


satf-9For 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, Nezrin Alizade, a fourth-year Communication and Design student from Azerbaijan, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.

I have a lot to say about how to make your life better at Bilkent. But just to keep it short, it’s all about prioritizing. Many students panic when they realize that exams are almost knocking on the door. And as a result, many of those who really care about their grades become stressed and nervous until the exams are over. They try to sacrifice their sleep time in order to spend more time studying and pass their exams. But I would like to tell you that I personally do not suggest that. I don’t sacrifice my sleep or even my entertainment time. It’s really easy to avoid this: all you need to do is to attend your classes, listen “actively” to the lectures, take notes and follow the topics daily. This will help you psychologically during the exam period, and will also help you get ready for exams in a short time because you will only be revising your notes. I did this in only a few courses, but in those courses I never struggled and managed to get really good grades. Plus, remember that it’s not always the grades that matter. I was also very happy that I could use my spare time for myself and prepare for the exams both mentally and physically.