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, Cansu Süt, a fourth-year Economics student, has some words of wisdom for this year’s freshmen.Q. What advice would you give freshmen about the Bilkent experience?
Your freshman year will most probably be your least busy year in terms of workload, and this “extra” time is best spent going for the thrill of new experiences. Do something that you’ve always wanted to do, such as taking up a musical instrument or learning a foreign language. At Bilkent, we have a student club or society for almost anything you can imagine, so join a few that are of interest to you. That way, you can make friends and develop soft skills while enjoying fun activities. Remember: if you can manage to integrate extracurricular activities into your schedule in your first year, you’re much more likely to create time for them in the future. More importantly, upon graduation you may regret not having experimented enough during your college life.
Q. What’s something students should keep in mind throughout their time at Bilkent?
Life at Bilkent can be hectic, but all ends well if you don’t succumb to stress. Allow yourself some “me” time even during the busiest times of the semester; even half an hour spent pampering yourself will help you clear your mind of negative thoughts. If you feel that you can’t stop ruminating, you could try meditation: you’ll be surprised at the extent to which it quiets the little voice inside your head. And don’t be that guy who spends most of his time complaining about everything that crosses his path. You’ll feel much calmer if you accept certain things the way they are, and sometimes just let go and move on.
Q. Any tips or tricks to surviving life at Bilkent?
The keyword is “balance.” Take your courses seriously, but don’t go overboard; rest and fun are as important as studies, and chances are that you’ll suffer from burnout halfway through the semester if you push yourself too hard. In short, set goals for yourself, but don’t lose out on life while trying to achieve them.
Q. One word about your experience at Bilkent so far?