Volume 16, Number 27
May 4, 2010

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Opinions by Nazlı Çelebi

Nazlı ÇelebiThere is a saying that time will heal everything, that our problems will be solved as time passes. There is also a saying that goes something like, “Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.”

Here is our contradiction. Is Time our friend or foe? In every obstacle we face, we expect Time will make it better, but what if time does not heal everything? What if time becomes a cruel enemy that affects us in such a way that we can't trust anyone, that we suspect everything and we question every move?

Since this is my last semester (hopefully), and the end of year looms ahead, I wonder how  I have changed in the past few years: was Time my friend or my enemy over these years? Did I waste my time over stupid depressions or did I have the best time of my life with my friends or did I lose myself in “drama” and gossip. The most suitable answer that can be given to this contradiction is “both.” Time was both a friend and foe to me, just like it probably is to you.

I think the most important thing is not to feel any regret, even if you wasted your time over nothing, or you have had the time of your life. Time helps you understand your mistakes and the right thing to do would be making peace with it, to be able to say, “If I was 18 again, I would do it all over again, not changing a single thing.”

I hope most of you are lucky enough to say that, just like me. For the ones who are not graduating, here is a list of things to do before that day comes. For you to have have fun. Make “Time” your friend.  Here is a small part of “101 things you should do before you graduate college.”

(Warning: These are not suggestions from me. I am just transferring some ideas I found on the Web and take no responsibilities for the consequences of these ideas.)
1) Sleep outside
2) Get locked out
3) Crash a party
4) Skip lectures for a week (but only for a week)
5) Get lost and attend the wrong lecture for a change
6) Play a drinking game
7) Go to a festival
8) Do your assignment the night before it's due
9) Get taken home by security
10) Join a sports club you've never done before
11) Mess up the Facebook of a friend who foolishly leaves their accounts logged in and leaves the room
12) Stay awake for 72 hours
13) Go abroad with university
14) Sustain a serious relationship
15) Make a friend-for-life


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