Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen

05 February 2018 Comments Off on Word From the Wise: Seniors’ Advice to Freshmen


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, Sarjeel Yusuf, a fourth- year Computer Engineering student, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.

As Bilkent now enters its spring semester, its inevitable end will mark the culmination of years of hard work and endurance for many graduating students. As my journey too comes to an end, there are many facets of university life I have come to realize – things that one would not accept, but eventually must. The greatest of the lessons Bilkent has taught me is how to rise after falling, and in cases of snow, that lesson was quite literal. Being admitted to Bilkent, one of the best if not the best university in Turkey, means that you were probably a splendid student in high school. However, university is quite different, and many of those brilliant students who stood beside me at registration will not stand with me at graduation.

Bilkent does not only impart high quality education, but also leaves its students with a sense of struggle.

Irrespective of whether you are an EE or an IR student, you will spend nights awake, racing the clock to finish some lab or write some essay. That is inescapable. But do not let that define your life at Bilkent. Being at such an excellent university opens the way to so many possibilities. Not every one of us graduating (including me) is brilliant, but every one of us is passionate about what we chose to study. That is the difference between the spirited and the aloof. Ensure that your expectations of return match that which you can offer, and you will not be disappointed. If you came into engineering because of societal pressures, you will not succeed. If you came into management because you thought it would be an easy degree, you will not succeed.

Do what you love, and lose yourself in it. I shall not lie, your GPA does matter, but expand your bounds beyond the letter grades and the curves. The world demands more than just a point average out of

It wants experience, projects and portfolios, all of which manifest the passion you hold for the field you chose to follow. Fill your GitHub with elegant code and your portfolios with breathtaking designs. Take courses that really matter, irrespective of how hard they are, and show the world that no matter how many times you fall, you will get up again and again and again….Endure the present to harvest the future.