This list comprises answers to questions I received from undergraduates in the last year; it certainly does not address many issues, but it is a start.
Unfortunately many students don’t raise their concerns or difficulties during the course of the problem, but only afterwards. I wanted to remind you here that you have many means at SU, for constructive feedback and positive changes.
ADVICE for UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
1. Pick the right program: You have a great opportunity at SU. Try to reduce your choices to two programs, take their introductory courses, audit some if necessary (even a few lectures may be enough to give you an idea), and choose a program that you like and that you will find “easy”. You cannot be very happy about something you struggle with.
2. Go to lectures: This is the best way to learn the topic.
3. Improve your GPA: Try to get the best GPA possible, as you may need it when you change your mind about grad. studies later.
4. Learn: More important then your GPA, learn your material.
5. References: Sooner or later, you will need a reference letter etc., it would be great if at least one prof. knows you well and s/he really supports you. It also helps if you have shown integrity, hard work, timeliness in addition to academic credentials. More often than not, these things are as useful in a grad. student or employee, than academic credentials.
6. Get a mentor: This could be your advisor and if that does not work for you, some instructor who you like (and hopefully whose course you go to and have done well). This is one of the biggest mistake I see – not using the mentor relationships offered to you at Sabanci University.
7. Volunteer for research: Professors will get to know you and you will get close supervision.
GIVING FEEDBACK and RESOLVING ISSUES