Yes, it is the month of May, a month that none of us students welcome with open arms, unless it is our birthday month. Besides the bright rainy days, the month of May usually brings stress, sleepless nights and library visits. Exhaustive schedule and critical readings, yes that's how the month of May is for the majority of students, especially in Bilkent.
The following video is an overall view about exams from students of Bilkent. These students belong to different countries, different departments, but share almost the same opinion about exams and how they tackle with the exam load. These students of Bilkent were asked a few questions about their department, the number of exams they have this semester, how is their exam schedule, how and where do they plan to study. Lastly, what do they think about exams, is it the right approach to test a student's knowledge and capabilities. You do not want to miss all the interesting answers to these questions that come to our mind every May, so you must watch this video.
University life, more specifically the time of your Bachelor/Undergraduate studies, a period of approximately 4 to 6 years, can change a lot in a person. The following stories of these students are the true depiction of how time changes everything. University life, the most beautiful and an unforgettable experience of our lives, teaches us a lot of new and different aspects of life, trains us for our future endeavors and helps grow our personalities even better.
"I would describe my four years at Bilkent University as exciting and dynamic. Here, every situation experienced, every opportunity cherished, every moment lived has allowed me to grow more and more. It has given me the ability to strive further than I ever knew I could. I chose Bilkent for International exposure, and in Bilkent I found a multicultural experience where, together, we organize International Cultural events which is one of the best parts about Bilkent. Moreover, studying in a department as indulging as Mathematics was tough but learning something new everyday instilled in me a drive to do more and to be more. To any new student coming to the Bilkent University, nothing will come easy to you but as long as you work hard, the journey will be amazing."
Suvas Jesrani, 2013-2017
"A lot has changed in the past three and a half years. My last semester at Bilkent is quite different from my first. I am no longer a young teenager, I learned to make my own mistakes, and I have familiarized myself with some useful life lessons. Yet, there are things that haven't changed at all; life at Bilkent has always been full of surprises. You never know who you will meet next, what you may learn next, or what will happen in the world next. Today I can say that, just as I was when I started life at Bilkent, I am very excited for what the future may bring after graduation."
Sinae Kim, class of 2016
"The first photo was taken during my first year when I was invited to a friend’s house for the first time. I remember in that picture we were about to go to the BIH welcoming party together. It was my first party in Bilkent and I was really excited! I did not know a lot of people and I was really shy, but I am glad I met a couple of good friends during the orientation, and some of them are still even my closest friends until now! A couple of months later, I am going to graduate, earlier than the friends from my batch. This is the picture of me after the Senior Project panel presentation, my team got the first place! I have learned a lot during my studies in Bilkent, and I am going to miss my friends and all of the memories I had here. They all have made me a better person!"
Nadira Puteri, class of 2017
"I think the best times of my life would be my four years of education. It was the chilling in Mayfest when you were stressed from your deadlines, to the 8 hours of classes and long hours of essay writing sessions with the friends that made me who I am now. Bilkent showed me that you can experience every mood in just one day, and that's why I love it."
Sena Yalcin, 2012-2016
"Bilkent started like a dream for me. I had just graduated from my high school and many of my friends were also in Bilkent, we could live out our dreams in here. We thought that we are not teenagers anymore, that we could do whatever we want. But when I look back right now, to my first year, I was still a kid and I needed to experience more. Bilkent added so many things to my life, I became more passionate, more hardworking, more neat, more ambitious... also i had too many great friends, memories, laughs and hopes."
Cansu Caprak, 2011-2016
"Years may change many things. Especially, you can feel the physical changes with time. For example, when I started university, I was physically fit. Now I have gained another 13kgs. On the other hand, my character has been stabilized during these 6 years. I didn't know what I want when I started university and I could be easily bored from anything, therefore I was looking for changes all the time. Now, I don't like changes so much, so I actually do similar things that I like. Lastly, a few important things around me have been changed. I have lost my grandmother and grandfather during this time. Maybe, the time didn't change me, my experiences have changed me."
Şilekan Kanbolat, 2011-2017
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains un-awakened. The real empathy enters one's soul when he starts to love animals, it is the kind of love unasked for. The unconditional love where one learns to give and wants nothing in return, where one's happiness do not depend on the materialist objects anymore and where one realizes how beautiful it is to love selflessly. As it is said, love needs no language, its the emotion, the connection that matters. These beautiful people have poured their heart out about their feelings for their pets. It is incredibly delightful to know that such people, who feel so much love for animals, still exist in today's self-centered and selfish world. To feel how it is to be able to be loved and to be able to give so much love, you must not miss out on the following stories of these amazing people who teach us the art of selfless devotion.
"Ciklet, my little bunny, is with me since last August. She was 1 month old back then and was so tiny that she completely fit in my palm. I got Ciklet to help my ex-girlfriend get out of her depression and it actually worked out perfectly in that sense. We soon realized that Ciklet brought joy and happiness to everyone. Everyone loved her and Ciklet herself is also full of love just as her parents. Normally, rabbits lick their loved ones. But Ciklet licks everyone with her tiny little tongue. Even any floor she lays on occasionally. Yea, she sheds some times especially after winter, but with a week of back-rub it turns out all good. She is my lovely fuzzy ball of fluff."
"We were initially told that it was a female bunny. However, soon after her puberty, she started to show aggressive behavior and mating movements of a male rabbit. Later on, I took her to a vet and it turned out that she was hermaphrodite. It came as a shock even for the vet since he never saw such organisms in rabbits until that day. We decided to neuter male side and now she is a female rabbit again. I take her to the Mayfest field and to Bilka's hill so that she wander around and eat some grass. If you want to feel how soft and fluffy she is, feel free to come see us."
A. Güven Akçay
" I really like studying Industrial Engineering at Bilkent but what I really love is animals. I also have a pet, which stays with me in my dormitory. His name is Leo and he is a tiny representative of Guinea pigs. Each Guinea pig has its own characteristics and Leo has a very special one. He is very active and very curious about everything. He has many things in common with other Guinea pigs such as eating and tasting everything. He loves to walk around my room and in contradistinction to other Guinea pigs he loves to jump. I have many interesting stories with him and one of them is how once I couldn’t catch him in my room for about half an hour. I wondered if he has created some tactics so that I couldn’t catch him. Leo always hides himself when I walk around and as soon as I am still or quiet he comes out of his hideaways and becomes curious of where I am. As soon as I start chasing him again he finds another bunker which is out of my reach and looks at me with his lovely and cunning eyes. He was not the only one with some tactics, reciprocally I also created many in order to catch him and put him back to his cage, but whenever I try to catch this smart guy I am always extra careful so that I do not hurt him because Leo is very small and fragile."
"I now understand parents who spoil their children. I would do anything for Rico, I know for sure. Technically I am his auntie since his mommy is my sister. He flies with us in cabin when we go back home, he's got trustworthy friends looking after him if we are traveling. This furrball requires constant attention, care, patience and love, some things you must never run out of if you have a piggy. It's amazing how much this ball of fluff has taught me about myself and has probably affected my understanding of motherhood. Fun fact: piggies sleep with their eyes open most of the time, as seen in the photo."
"I hope this gentle soul stays with us for many more years to come, living a happy and healthy piggy life."