Volume 11, Number 1
21 September 2004

Click, to go back to the contents of this issue

This Week

We appreciate feedback from our readers
Browse through the collecton of older issues


Oh, the feelings experienced during graduation....GRADUATION, the big day, everybody you know is in black and looks oh so good. You feel very proud to be participating because you know you deserve this for all your hard work. Your name is called, you walk out on the stage hoping not to trip, you get your diploma, and have 5 secs to do something original before walking off the stage. As the last of your friends leaves the stage, hundreds of people with familiar faces start waving their caps in unison and then all those caps are suddenly in the air...oh, the hugging and kissing and relief mixed with sadness that it's actually over! (Then all of these hundreds of graduates have to search the ground for a cap to return because they can't find their own.)

Next comes the HOLIDAY... Everybody has the same idea, to go on a well deserved holiday and then look for work. The holiday continues for a few months, but each week becomes less fun because you start realizing that in September, unlike the years before, you won't be returning to Bilkent.

The big question, "have you found anything". At first this question doesn't bother you because you're a new graduate, and you tell everybody you're taking a holiday first. But as the months go on, anybody who asks that question and gets your answer starts looking at you with disbelieving eyes, kinda saying "yeah, so you haven't found anything and you're making excuses." Then you know it's time for job hunting. This process has several emotional stages, beginning with the hopeful phase: "I can find any job I want, it's just waiting for me in the papers or on the internet."

Later comes the worried phase: "How come I'm not getting any replies, I should be, I just won't tell anybody that I'm not." But just when you're sick and tired of people asking and your false grin saying you haven't exactly found what you're looking for, you get a JOB. It wasn't what you had imagined you would be doing when you were sitting studying for finals only a few months ago, but you realize that in order to get to the top you have to start at the bottom.

The sooner you are comfortable with the idea that nobody becomes Mr. or Ms. Boss as soon as they graduate, the happier you will be.

The FIRST DAY is always the hardest.... What was my reaction? I wanted so badly to be back at Bilkent where I knew everything. I would rather be studying for a hard exam while sipping my coffee and eating a muffin from Coffee Break..sigh.... It's hard being so familiar with one place and then a stranger in another. But you know what, on the second day it gets easier, and on the third even better. Before you know it, you start getting used to this life and these new PEOPLE.

Here's a tip, at work there are all kinds of different people, not everybody is as well educated or has had the privileges to experience the things you have.

The problem? Some people will be annoying and maybe their jealousy will even make your life a bit difficult for the time being, especially if their position is a bit higher then yours. But you will soon realize that your knowledge of English and how to use the net will make a huge difference. The next stage? I'm gonna find out....

Sibel Muradošlu (POLS/'04)

Click, to go back to the contents of this issue

Bilkent News Welcomes Feedback From Readers.
This newsletter will print letters received from readers.
Please submit your letters to bilnews@bilkent.edu.tr
or to the Communications Unit, Engineering Building, room EG-23, ext. 1487.
The Editorial Board will review the letters and print according to available space.