college freshers’


A couple of years ago, freshers’ parties were all about fun performances by seniors and classmates, games which made getting to know each other easier, some delectable snacks and good music, either in a classroom or at the college auditorium. But today, things have changed, and how!  Seniors now book a venue outside the campus — from lounges to hotel banquet halls- and hire professional DJs to welcome their juniors in style. 


However, not many are as keen about having a freshers’ party at the club or an extravagant venue. Interacting in the dimly lit nightclubs hardly give them an opportunity to get to know each other on a personal level. Despite having clicked selfies in the clubs, people fail to recognize each other in the campus the next morning. Here is a guide for the seniors to retrieve the old-school freshers’ party with some new-age ideas.


Decide on Games that Everyone can Enjoy.  

Games in freshers’ parties are supposed to act as ice-breakers and might lay good foundation for friendship between juniors and seniors and also amongst the juniors. Make a group of 2-3 freshers and give them a difficult pose to perform and hold that pose for thirty seconds. This freshers’ party game shows teamwork among the students. Who knows, maybe this games is where they will find their partner for a class assignment or project.

Performances and Hosting:

Assign a person the task of hosting the event. The host has to keep the atmosphere light and funny, and must keep everyone at ease. Ensure that the host does not emphasise on dramatic rhetoric and keeps his/her oration as casual and natural as possible. As for the performances, you may decide on 3-4 dance performances on upbeat tracks, or any singing or stand-up acts. If you have a lengthy array of performances, the freshers wouldn’t get an opportunity to interact with each other and that would defeat the very purpose of holding a freshers’ party.


If you plan on giving titles, choose titles that anyone and everyone would have an equal chance at winning. The problem with a ‘Miss Best Dressed’ or a ‘Miss Beautiful’ is that while the former induces unhealthy competition in students who are fresh out of school, the latter complies to fixed standards of beauty established by society. Following are few examples of some interesting titles for a freshers’ party:

– Alice in Wonderland (keeps wondering)

– Arya Stark (little but fierce)

– Joey (loves food, has pizza on his/her mind)

– Monica (obsessed with cleanliness)

-The Biggest Bumble Bee (Flirt)

– Miss Daffodil Dewdrops (someone who is gentle and quiet)

– Twinkle Toes (someone who is up and about all the time)

– Mr./Ms. Frenzy (someone who is always in a frantic state)

Theme and Dress Code:

Gone are the days when freshers’ parties would be themed around Harry Potter or Halloween. You can get a lot of inspirations from Bollywood Movies for the freshers’ party. You can either do a quick search on movies that are trending and copy their themes from props to fashion, or you can go back to the classics- Harem pants of Kareena in Jab We Met and GAP hoodie of Shahrukh Khan in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Sure about becoming an Engineer? Or a Businessman?  Let the freshers think about their future roles and dress accordingly. One can either take it seriously or find a hilarious costume to make someone laugh. Another interesting theme can be that each guest dresses as another person they know (a friend, a professor, or a senior), and emulates their characteristics for the day. The trick would be to guess who has come dressed as who. To make your party one of the most elaborate ever, you can also put in some effort and arrange different areas of the venue as different parts of the world (e.g. if the area adjacent to the water cooler is arranged as China, the seating arrangement can be done in exclusive Japanese traditions) and ask the guests to dress according to one of the places, and serve drinks and play music that is specific to that place.

While organising the freshers’ party, make sure that the activities you choose are such that they keep the freshers in the spotlight and help them realize that the rest aren’t strangers, just friends yet to be discovered.


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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak

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With expansive themes ranging from Hawaiian to Hippie, preparing for college freshers parties can be stressful.  The best of us feel burdened by the pressure of mastering a specific theme, choosing the right attire and picking the right pair of shoes. To help you wriggle out of the conflicting thoughts and perplexing choices, here are 5 places that will win you ‘Best Dressed’, on a budget!


Kamla Nagar Market

The proximity of this market to the North Campus of the University of Delhi (DU) gives it an edge over the other markets. Buy cool summer dresses and graphic tees here at reasonable rates. While you will find utmost delight in Bungalow Road, your pangs of hunger will also be addressed with eateries looming everywhere!

How to Reach: Metro, Vishwavidyalaya or G.T.B. Nagar Station

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., closed on Mondays.


Janpath Market

Famed for offering a rich variety of apparels, Janpath provides a fertile ground for the resolute haggler.With the right words, you can win yourself an amazing outfit all for INR 500 or less!

An underground treasure, Palika Bazaar near Janpath offers

the coolest tees, dresses, and shades at jaw-dropping prices!

How to Reach: Metro, Janpath or Rajiv Chowk Station

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Lajpat Nagar Market

Adjoining the South Campus of DU, Lajpat Nagar Market is a fashion hub for students. You can buy unrivalled footwear, accessories, and stylish bags from here.

How to Reach: Metro, Lajpat Nagar Station.
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., except for Mondays.


Karol Bagh Market

Better known as a merchandising paradise for traditional wear, the highlights of this market are Ajmal Khan Road and Ghaffar Market. For the best footwear at throwaway prices, visit here; boots starting from INR 600 only!
How to Reach: Metro, Karol Bagh Station
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Sarojini Nagar Market

Foremost in the ‘street-cred’, you can find dresses being sold at INR 10 here. Known for offering rejects from H&M, VeroModa, and Forever21, you must check for defects before you carry out any financial transaction here.
How to Reach: Metro, INA Station
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., except for Mondays.

So beat the heat this season and make sure you do not fret. As long as you are confident, you will captivate the party and charm all those attending.


Feature Image Credits: P.V Purnima for DU Beat.

Kartik Chauhan

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Freshers’ Edition

Now that the Freshers have settled into their classes and gotten accustomed to the routine of college life, they are met with another crisis. But this is strictly a fashion emergency that Auburn is here to solve. The big question, What do I wear for the Freshers’ Party? will be answered here!

You can visibly see first-years running around, trying to find their perfect Freshers’ Party attire. There is the pressure to dress according to the theme, the fear of looking over-dressed and the stress of your Freshers’ being perfect. Well, here’s Auburn with a few tips and tricks that you can follow to make the day a stylish and memorable one!

  • Do it differently: In a room full of dresses, wear a pantsuit to give your outfit a unique touch. Doing it differently doesn’t mean doing something you’re uncomfortable in; just don’t follow the herd to be on the safe side.
  • DIY:You will always stand apart if you wear something that is handmade. Whether it is accessories, or clothes, DIY and show off your creativity. It will give a personal touch to our outfit and when people ask, “Where did you get this from?” – you can smile and tell them!
  • Experiment:College means pushing boundaries and stepping out of your comfort zone, so take that risk! It will be worth it. Experiment with a hair colour, a piece of clothing you’ve always wanted to try, or just do something out of the box!
  • Stick to the theme: It is extremely disrespectful when people don’t follow the theme, so make sure you start prepping your outfit in advance.You can go all out with the theme and dress from head to toe, or be a little subtle with it, but definitely stick to the theme.
  • Take inspiration: Don’t copy entire outfits; create your own by taking inspiration but make it yours. At the end of the day, you’re the one who is going to carry it so make sure to mould it according to your personality and style.
  • Don’t be scared: College is a new ground for everyone, so even if you look over-dressed/ under-dressed amongst everyone, don’t fret over it. Everyone here is figuring out life, this is just a Freshers’ Party outfit!
  • Click pictures: Do not forget to click pictures, with your friends, teachers and in every possible angle of your outfit; you’ll thank your past self for that when you look back at them. Also, save them for inspiration that you can give to your juniors next year!

All in all, make sure that after the Freshers’ Party, you’re a more confident individual; that is all that matters!

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Anagha Rakta
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Yes, it’s the first week of college. Yes, it’s nothing like you imagined. Yes, you do feel a little lost. Here’s a revelation: you’re not alone.

Typically, the first few months of college require loads of patience from your end. And every senior who looks well settled in her/his place right now has been in your shoes at one point of time. Everyone may seem like a ‘someone’ right now but no one walked in to college all popular and confident!

So while you’re still in your ‘figuring out’ phase and are getting depressed over the fact that you’re just one of the crowd, here’s how to deal with the ‘Nobody Panic Syndrome’:

  1. Join a society: College will offer you a society for whatever suits you the most. As clichéd this advice may seem, you’ll bear the fruits eventually. By the time the first semester ends, you’ll realise that not only your teachers identify you as a member of that society but also your friends and peers from different departments.
  2. Chisel those conversation skills: The first few months in college will bring you the friends that’ll stay with you for a lifetime. Talk about chicken, Big Bang Theory, Sky-diving, exploits in parking lots; whatever sails your boat! It’s easier than you think because everyone is as awkward and confused as you are.
  3. Hanging out should be a priority: Go out with your peers, explore areas in and around college. This should be your top priority (side note: even more important than attending classes!). Not only do you get to know about the food you’ll survive on the next couple of years, you’ll bag loads of memories.
  4. Associate yourself with activities outside college: You want to be a go-to and contacts person? Know your business outside college too. Capitalise on your skills and be open for new ventures. Join organisations that work outside the ambit of your course.
  5. Most importantly, make your presence felt: Don’t want to feel like a nobody? Participate in fests, volunteer for department and college work. Keep up that enthusiasm; you are being slyly observed, you don’t know it!


Arushi Pathak
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