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The unhealthy practice of caffeine consumption at dangerous levels can be very detrimental to the health of students. This ‘harmless’ addiction can affect the body in unimaginable ways. Increased level of caffeine in our body can rewire our mind and mess with the hormonal levels our body.

College students have a very dynamic life which demands to be juggled very efficiently. They have to balance academics, extra-curricular activities, and social life, each of which demand a lot of time. Understandably, many of them count on caffeine to push themselves a few extra hours in each day. Mostly in the form of tea or coffee, caffeine acts on our adrenal glands and induces the secretion of adrenaline hormone which in turn rejuvenates us.

Consuming tea or coffee catapults the energy level and enhances alertness, but at the same time students are ignoring the negative implications of caffeine addiction. ‘Excess’ of anything is bad. In excess, caffeine can be really dangerous.

Caffeine abuse can cause increased anxiety, irritability, and disorientation. It is highly diuretic and can cause frequent urination which further may lead to dehydration. Caffeine addiction can leave a student jittery and nervous. Caffeine has also been known to act as a trigger for people who suffer from panic attacks.

Caffeine addiction can induce sleep disorders in the body which may lead to further complications. The addiction can also cause stomach ulcers and acid reflux which can prove fatal.

To worsen the plight, a lot of netizens are romanticizing the idea of ‘tea’ addiction over social media platforms. To keep up with the social trend, students in large numbers are getting tricked into this addiction. This ‘addiction’ is generally considered harmless but all the indiscriminate caffeine we intake can wreak havoc in our bodies and minds.

The pertinent question at this point is, what amount of caffeine is actually permissible in our body? Research suggests that each person can reap the benefits of the caffeine at an amount as small as 25 to 50 milligrams of coffee a day which is analogous to one cup of tea, and no one should exceed 250 milligrams, or 2 cups of coffee, each day.

Kicking this habit comes at the cost of undergoing the experience of the ‘withdrawal symptoms’. If you’re not so up for a few days of a headache, fatigue, and irritability, try gradually reducing the gradient of consumption. Caffeine drinks can be replaced by decaffeinated herbal drinks which are actually good for health. They don’t mess with the hormonal levels of our body.

Keeping a healthy cycle of habits in the loop of daily routine can enhance our efficiency and diminish our dependence on caffeine. Reduced caffeine dependence can make us feel surprisingly energised all the day.

 

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Sandeep Samal

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There will be times when you will strive for perfection while earning your degree during which you are bound to mess up in some manner or the other. For many students, college is the first time they are responsible for themselves. The road to maturity can be bumpy for some. Okay, most.

Some mishaps can be avoided with a little common sense, but others can only be used as lessons. The growing pains of adulthood are many, but being able to laugh at them in a cap and gown makes them worthwhile.

Here are 10 mistakes that you probably made in the last semester, but need to avoid repeating (because you don’t want to have any “regrets”):

1It’s perfectly fine if you don’t have the answer to questions like, “So, what’s your plan?” You don’t need to respond to your dad’s friend’s second cousin and talk to him about your internship applications or even your academic Not everyone is cut-out for a definite plan and not everything is meant to be precisely planned. You’re allowed to feel lost. You should always strive to have direction, but you should also accept that not every second of your life will have direction, not every moment has to be about doing something for the future, no matter how pressurised you are.

2. However, point 1 does not give you a free pass to be absolutely “clueless’’. It is important to know the difference between being “clueless about what to do” and “still figuring out how to do.” While the latter can be considered healthy, the former isn’t always too.

3. You can burn out on social engagements. Wanting to spend time with everyone is completely understandable. But you don’t need to worry about the fact that you’re not being a social butterfly anymore (because you’re spending too much time with your old friends). In each semester, you reach a point when you’re concerned you didn’t meet enough people. Let me spare you the whining and complaining: you did meet plenty of people, but only a few could stick around. You don’t have to be everyone’s favourite in college. This semester, spend a little less time trying to be everyone else’s favourite and a little more time trying to be your own. That way, you’d be saving a lot more time.

4. Take care of your health. Nothing sets you back from exams, studying, or meeting last-minute deadlines for assignment submission like a nasty cold. When you think you need to sleep, trust that instinct. For those who have joined hostels, your mom isn’t cooking your meals anymore. And while there’s nothing wrong with partying now that your curfew is a thing of the past, there is something wrong with binge-eating fast food every night. Don’t ignore your health just because you’re finally on your own. 

5. Don’t use Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) as an excuse to not attend classes, or not to complete an assignment on time.Your 19th/20th/21st birthday is not the last birthday you will ever celebrate. It is not your wedding. It’s not the day you land the job you’ve been waiting for. You are going to have another birthday next year. So if your birthday party doesn’t go perfectly, it’s fine. If you don’t get to attend a Game of Thrones themed party in Hauz Khas Village, it’s fine. If you don’t get to attend Sunburn even if Jason Derulo is part of the line-up, you should be fine.  FOMO is real, but not real enough to make you miss that internal or not submit that assignment you’d get 10 marks for.

6. Remember that you’re not in high school anymore and that nobody cares what you were like in high school. It’s okay to take good memories from high school with you to college, but make sure to not get caught up in them. If you stay too attached to your high school experience, you won’t be open to everything that your next semester has to offer (this holds true especially for freshers). Don’t focus on what made you “you” in high school.

7. Don’t think it’s uncool to sit in the first row of class. We can all admit that most of the cool kids certainly did not sit in the front row of class in elementary, middle, or high school unless a seating chart-wielding math teacher forced them to do so. If, in the last semester, you looked at most of those students sitting in those spots on their own accord as teachers’ pets, rethink about it: the less distracted you are, the more you register the first time, the less studying you have to do, and the more time you have for your cool college life.

8. Every semester is different. If you had an 8.4 GPA in your last semester, it would not necessarily stop you from getting a 4.2 in the next one. You would need to up your game and address each new semester with a renewed approach. The rules are different in each semester.

9. Everyone is probably telling you right now that these will be the happiest four years of your life. What they probably aren’t telling you is that these will also be some of the worst years of your life. In college, you will feel on top of the world in one semester and utterly defeated in the next. Just try to remember that you’re not doing anything wrong if you’re having a hard time. And before you jump to any conclusions about how much happier everyone else is and how much more fun they’re having than you, sit down and talk to a friend. You’d be surprised to know how many people feel lost and directionless in at least some point in their college careers.

10. As you begin with another semester, it would be wise to leave you with a quote which stands true whether you’re 14 or 41,”For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”- Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 

 

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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak

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If you type the words “University makes me” into a google search bar, the predictive text would read- depressed, anxious, miserable, sad, and suicidal. Higher education is a major stressor and most students experience a deep sense of anxiety and discomfort in college.

College life is an over-glamorised concept across all cultures. While Bollywood films portray college as a place where you dress up, drive sports cars and meet the love of your life, American films portray it as four-years of alcohol, debauchery, and fun. Imagery like parties, pranks, bonding, is recurrent in films related to college life. As a consequence of this conditioning, most of us are not prepared for college life. We anticipate higher education to mean lots of fun and freedom with a healthy dose of learning. However, it turns out to be a challenging experience where deadlines, attendance, and scores, matter more than ever.

Most students in college seem to be exceptionally unhappy with how things seem to be turning out. The truth is college life, from its very beginning, sets us up for disappointment. In a rat-race fuelled competitive world, only a few of us are able to make it into our dream college. Those of us who do are disillusioned by how different it seemed from what we had expected it to be; while those who don’t spend a long time fixated on their loss. Once we move out of the initial shock of not being where we wanted to be, the idea of engaging and participating in multiple activities beyond lectures comes forward.  Students are repeatedly told to make the best out of college life; they must seek participation in as many activities as possible. This results in a second rat race of better internships and opportunities that need to be grabbed. More often than not, these jobs are unpaid because of how readily available the interns are. Parallel to this runs the academic perspective where professors simply do not teach in as much detail as school teachers did. College means making your own notes and finding your own explanations.  The spoon-feeding that was encouraged in schools is over and we are supposed to deal with the sudden academic baggage of doing everything independently. This sudden shock of transitioning from school to college, adapting to a completely new environment, making new friends, and learning to become independent can be too much for a lot of us. A lot of students also start living independently during college, which means managing things like health and well-being, waking up on time, cleaning and staying organised and budgeting, all of which become our sole responsibilities.

College is one of the most major life events. It takes us out of our comfort zones and throws us into the deep end of the pool without second thoughts. It is one of a unique life experience but it can very easily turn  difficult one if we are not careful. To expect students to smoothly transition from schools into college without a hitch is completely unreasonable. Parents, college authorities and society at large need to recognise that college is an extremely challenging and stressful phase where students require immense external help and attention. To brush-off the challenges faced by college students is fairly easy, after all, popular culture does not even portray college as stressful. This is another significant reason why college life is so difficult because our expectations from it are very different from what it finally turns out to be. College is that phase when our metamorphosis from a child to an adult gets completed and to recognise its relevance and the challenges that come with it are important. College students are under the pressure to adjust to their new lifestyle, maintain good grades, and excel in extra-curricular activities, along with seeking experiences which would make them employable. This transition is not a cakewalk and mainstream media does gross injustice to college students struggling with the workload and academic pressure by projecting their life as one drunken party-haze. The acknowledgment that college is stressful and requires work is important because this prepares and gives a more realistic image of what college is to school students. More importantly, this allows college students to feel more comfortable in their current state and also busts the myth that their anxieties and insecurities which they had initially thought only plagued them. College is a life-changing experience, but for this experience to be beautiful, peer support, acknowledgment and validation are pivotal factors. They aren’t luxuries that college administration should provide if they so desire, these are necessities that must absolutely be met in order to ensure well-being and happiness amongst the student body.

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While in school, we all had wished to become a class monitor at some point in time. But the same desire gets largely skewed at college level. Responsibilities revolving around a Class Representative are very different from that of a class monitor. In the anticipation of having the same kind of authority like they did while in school being a class monitor, some students fall into this vicious trap of becoming a class representative.

A Class Representative (CR) is the middleman between professors and students who gets dodged from side to side. From running errands for the professors to voicing students’ issues, CRs do it all.

While organising any event, it is mandatory for the class representative to go to each student to ask for the monetary contribution. There will always be a bunch of rebellious students who would not comply with the CR’s request for contribution easily and would wait till the CR has to resort to begging.

It is the CR’s legal obligation to ensure that every student of the class gets the notes provided by the seniors or else the CR is doomed to get backlashes. Some students take the notes and never bother to return them in the same condition as it was given. It always comes back to the Class representative with stains of oil and torn corners of the pages. The communication link between the professors and the students, all information regarding lectures by professors would first be passed to the Class representative. He has to go through the ordeal of ensuring that every single student is well informed about the new developments and hence always updated.

It is also the CR’s allegiance to strategise a fail-proof plan for mass bunk for the entire class.  If the plan fails, the poor soul has to tackle with an undeclared war waged against him by the students, and if it succeeds, he has to face the wrath of the professor.

However, a class representative inevitably acquires many skills while executing his/her duty which includes leadership and management. The ability to combat stress flourishes in the student in full bloom. There are also several other incentives of being a class representative. The views and actions of a class representative are very imperative. Besides seasonal criticism, a Class representative earns truckloads of love from his classmates and professors. Professors are generally very generous while rewarding internal marks to this industrious fellow.  A Class representative is that industrious creature of our college life who is very underrated and needs to be duly acknowledged.

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Sandeep Samal

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They say, “College is the most happening time of your life”. You may choose to agree or disagree on this. But, one thing is a fact: All of us acquire/grasp/inherit/inculcate various habits to which in actuality, we should not be habituated to.  So, if you are in your freshman year, beware of these (or you know what, add some more to this list, because ‘Hey! College should be fun!). Dear seniors, you may have partied, cheated, stayed high, or slept your way throughout, but very soon, within 6-7 months, you will be out of the rat maze some call college. Yes, all of us by the end of our graduation turn into unkempt, irresponsible, I-can-do-whatever-I-want creatures.

So, instead of going under shock-therapy after college, let’s look at some of the habits which should no longer be swept under the rugs once you enter the big, bad world and leave the sheltered cocoon of college.

(Disclaimer – The list has been made with only good intentions and yes, we are not trying to preach. It’s all up to you. But please, be open-minded and less defensive).

  1. Not taking a bath everyday

Let’s not pretend. We all spend a lot of money on deodorants because of this very specific reason since we do hardly take a bath for an 8.30 lecture or a 9.30 lecture or even a 10.30 one as well. If you think you can waltz to work looking (and probably) smelling like a mix of rancid onions and sweat and perfume, then you need help! Its basic hygiene and you NEED to bathe. Every day. Period.

  1. Maybe you could snooze through class, but that crap will no longer fly

Having a proper night’s sleep is imperative, essential, unavoidable, mandatory, and the prerequisite (hope you understand it’s value with the number of synonyms of the word ‘necessary’ we have used). Staying up all night and tagging your friends in memes, sending Snapchat stories, or even just staring at the phone screen all night long will lead you nowhere in future. Also, kindly get rid of your habit to snooze your alarm, because your professor could be senile or lenient. Your boss will not be.

  1. Eating junk and having zero interest in basic cooking

In future, you will no longer be 18 and will have to stop hogging anything and everything in indefinite quantity. We are not asking you to count calories associated with every food item once you get out of college, but a balanced diet is a must. Also, there will be no hostel mess in future where cooked food will be served to you and you cannot always eat out. So please, start entering the kitchen and learn basic cooking.

  1. Throwing on whatever clothes you find

Of course, every one of us will not land up in a corporate job and so there will not always be the need to be all decked up in formals. But like college, you cannot go to work like someone who just rolled out of bed. Appearing presentable is not that hard.

  1. Procrastination is the death of you and trust me, there are plenty of people smarter than you

Studying for an internal in all-nighter works in here but when you grow old, please, working at the twenty-fifth hour is a big no-no. You need to be innovative and do what was previously thought to be undoable. Procrastinating only ever produces results that are “good enough.” Good enough will not be good enough anymore.

Another thing, there is a big difference between the knowledge you learn in a classroom and the knowledge life teaches you. The world doesn’t always work the way that you assume it does. If you top the class right now, please don’t assume that you will always do so in life. Confidence is good but over-confidence is not. No matter how smart you believe yourself to be, there are plenty of people out there that are smarter than you. Heed the words of your superiors and those that have been on their own for longer. You will be in a dog-eat-dog world once you get outside, so get off your high horse and be humbled.

So, enjoy as much as you can in college and just chill. But once you get out of the cocoon,  beware!

P.S. The author is not a saint and is also a victim of all the above habits.

 

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Oorja Tapan

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Whether you’re about to complete your first semester or have started to fill out forms for postgraduate courses, it’s a good idea to begin working towards mastering a few basic skills before you leave college.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single college student in the duration of their undergraduate degree must be in want of the answer to “what am I doing with my life?” Initially, the refrain is followed by a small laugh or dramatic eye-rolling; it is meant to illicit chuckles. However, with time, it takes on darker connotations. The future seems daunting and it hits you that simply misquoting dialogues or lines from books and making pointless, movie-related similes do not qualify as skills. Hence, you should work towards mastering at least a few basic skills before leaving college, in order to qualify not just legally, but also mentally, as an adult.

  1. Cooking

I’m unsure of most things in life, but the fact that I will need food to survive is not one of them. Once you leave the world of hostel/PGs/tiffin services, you’ll need to know how to cook beyond making variations of Maggi and eggs, regardless of your gender.

  1. Sewing

Again, buttons coming out of your shirts or dresses, or those embarrassing tears in your clothes are not gender-specific. Life is also not a Bollywood movie so you can’t rely on your mother/female partner to do it for you. It’s quite easy to learn, really.

  1. Driving

Whether it’s a motorbike, scooty, or a car, you should have mastery over at least one form of transport besides the Metro, even if you don’t own a car. Also, use the bicycle. Don’t feel smug; there may be some people who can’t even cycle to work, though they may be skilled at pointing out how cooking and sewing are their forte.

  1. Performing Basic First-Aid

It will always be useful to know about the basics like bandaging and cleaning of wounds, and if you want to be more advanced, things like Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as well. You should have some knowledge of medicines and home remedies for basic ailments like cold, cough, stomach problems, body aches, etc. One can’t rely on the internet always, for it can pull a Peter Pettigrew and abandon you when you need it the most. (See what I meant by pointless similes?)

  1. Money Management

If you’re a day scholar, this is especially important, as one becomes complacent with money in the presence of biased human ATMs, better known as ‘parents’.  Learn to make a budget at the beginning of the month, and most importantly, cultivate the habit of saving. It is extremely helpful to have savings for times of emergency.

 

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Rishika Singh

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If you are planning not to go back home this Diwali, you should definitely try the following so that your holiday doesn’t go to waste.

The festival of lights is already here, having enlightened people to make their plans for this Diwali. The sight of the earthen ‘diyas’ brings smile to the faces that look forward to light them. The entire idea of bursting crackers makes up for the most memorable moments of everyone’s childhood. The variety in the scent of the mouth-watering dishes that overpowers the breeze- become the harbinger of the guiltless cheat.

However, if you are planning on staying or are staying away from home this Diwali; you will be in need of the some suggestions. This is because despite consoling oneself of one’s capability to spend through the festive days. It becomes tough: the thoughts of the past have this tendency of haunting you, making you miss your friends and family, thereby, filling you with a sense of regret of the decision of staying alone.

1) Join your relatives:
This should top your list if you are lucky enough to have relatives in the same city as you are living in. This is equal to spending time with your family. Moreover, cousins make up for the best match to spend a festival with; you might recall your childhood memories, play card games and most importantly, have home-made food, something that most people are unfortunate to miss out on.

2) Spend some me-time:
This will definitely work for you if you are a loner kind of a person. The best part of staying away from home is the luxury of being able to give yourself time and perch upon the thoughts that otherwise you would have been unable to do with all those doting relatives surrounding you. You can either watch a movie and order good food or just sleep the entire day and do nothing. This is definitely not less than nirvana!

3) Volunteer at charitable homes:
This might be a good way to spend the Diwali if you are missing the company of your loved ones. You might foster some new and exciting bond with people who will have really interesting stories to tell. Moreover you will contribute and help bring light to the life of people living in the margins. These neglected people living in reduced circumstances are not able to spend this festive time as they rightfully deserve to. The smile that you will bring on their faces might bring you a lot of joy and happiness. As everyone says a little good deed goes a long distance.

4) Getaways on a limited budget: There are a lot of good places to visit near Delhi. These trips can be covered in a day or two on a very limited budget. There won’t be a better time to take a trip that you have long been planning to but are unable to because of the busy schedule. You can visit Lansdowne, McLeod Ganj, Kasauli, Surajkund or any other place. This getaway will help you rejuvenate yourself especially as semester exams are not far off and you will need to start preparing as soon as Diwali ends.

5) Explore the city:
If you don’t want to take a trip there are many other options that you can try. Delhi itself has a lot of beautiful places and monuments that you can go out and explore. You can take your camera and capture these beautiful places. Being alone has an advantage that you are not dependant on someone else to make a plan. Other than that you can indulge yourself in some shopping. Who does not like spending money on clothes and food?

So we hope that you seize the day and enjoy this Diwali at its fullest.

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You think that college life has a few pros after all? Think again! The hectic life of a college student is actually all cons if you look closely. Here are some of the “pros” that are actually cons in pleasant disguise (try to find a healthy balance between the two to smooth out the contradictions!) –

 

Pro: You can do whatever you want! Gone are the days when asking for your parents’ permission was necessary to even step out of the house at 2 in the afternoon and here are the days of stepping into the house at 2 in the night. College doesn’t require you to come to class everyday and it lets you explore more than just monotonous classes and heavy books.

Con of the Pro: Getting to completely make your own decisions might sound like a blessing when you’re heading out to party and choosing Blueberry Cheesecake at Majnu ka Tila over your classes. However, you might feel the heat when internals are right around the corner and you don’t know a thing for that test on Monday! You can always get the five marks for attendance, but that is not always an option when you’ve done too much of exploring and too little of classes.

Pro: You can wear whatever you want! No more of the same outfit everyday and the strict rules regarding the ties and the socks of your boring uniform. Plus avoiding stains on that white shirt seemed impossible! Now you can go to college wearing anything from your comfy hoodie to your favourite ripped jeans and tell the world that you’re more than just the white shirt of your former uniforms.

Con of the Pro: Deciding what to wear every single working day of the week will excite you for the maybe the first six months of college. As the working days keep increasing and your excitement in fashion keeps decreasing, you will see yourself going to college in a pair of three-day old pajamas and chappals and wishing to get back the uniform. To top that off, now you have to save all your best clothes from the inevitable stains.

 

Pro: You eat out – a lot. Ordering food was only a one-time thing when mommy dearest was there to serve her best home cooked meals to you on a silver platter (sometimes, literally). But now pizzas, biryani and momos are your staples and you couldn’t be happier. Who needs mom’s boring and healthy food when you have McDonald’s on speed dial?

 

Con of the Pro: Eating a burger a day can make your best shape go away. After a designated number of cheesy, deep-fried things that cost you a lot of your pocket money, you’ll realise how much you miss the simple dal-chawal of home. Not only is the junk food causing harm to your body and to your wallet, it also makes you extremely homesick.

 

Pro: College will give you many opportunities. From societies to internships to seminars to talks – college will always have something or the other to offer to help you grow. Finally, life will seem more than just scoring sky high scores.

Con of the Pro: Amongst all the adventures of college life, you’ll have almost zero sleep. Did you think you could get the best of both worlds and also get sleep? Three hours of sleep will be more than enough when you’d be juggling between the ten things that your college has to offer. And don’t forget, that you have to also socialize in that time!

In the constant battle between students and college, don’t let college win. Try to end your three years with experiences, memories, and of course, a degree.

 

Anagha Rakta

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As final year slowly draws in and the curtains of my college life fall, memories from the three years gone by often reflect in the mirror of my mind. In such pensive moments as these I realise, that amongst the many things that I will miss, the one thing I hold most dear to my heart is the experience of living in a hostel.

As a single girl child, growing up, I had always been pampered and spoilt silly. So much so, that by the end of class twelfth, I had become grossly dependent on my parents. My lack of self-sufficiency worried my family. They feared that I would be a complete disaster if I had to ever make a living for myself. Their qualms were scarcely misplaced: when I moved into a hostel as a fresher, I made a complete mess of my life in the initial few months.

I had emotional as well as physical problems. I couldn’t adapt to community living. I hated the food at the mess. My obsession for neatness turned fatal as most of the other girls were extremely negligent about hygiene and tidiness. I couldn’t deal with the idea of sharing the washroom with five other girls. My room felt too small. Concentrating on studies became increasingly difficult with my wild neighbours playing music all the time. My sleeping patterns were thrown off their normal equilibrium and honestly, the list of complaints is endless!

When I went back home for the mid-semester break, I threw a feral fit. I firmly told my parents I wasn’t going back to that hellhole of a place and when they refused to give in, I threatened them and eventually went into a state of denial. That’s how I spent my ten-day week away from hostel.

When I returned, I carried the heaviness of depression for a week more. But one fine day, it struck me that in this apparently grim situation, I was the only unhappy soul. Neither the hostellers in my immediate environment, nor my parents back home suffered. The misery seemed specific to me. And that made me realise that I was the creator of my own sadness. When I complained and whined about my grievances, no one offered to help because at the end of the day, no one really could. It was my wish to study at DU and living in the hostel was simply the price I had to pay for it.

That day, I decided to turn my life around. I woke up to the hard truth that the life I had was the one I had chosen and so I ought to live it to the best of my abilities. Not much had been lost, I told myself, and made the firm choice to give life another shot. And just that one change in mind completely changed me.

Today, I am so independent that I am not just doing things for myself, but also for others.  From being served food to making it myself; from throwing my dirty laundry around the room to washing every handkerchief with my own bare hands; from snoozing alarms and waking up at noon to rising with the crack of dawn and going for a run, I have become a whole new person. Everyone seems to appreciate the new me. My parents, in fact, are so complacent with my independence that now, when I speak of my plans of going abroad for higher education, they are not just encouraging but alsoconfident that I will survive.

College life has been a great journey. And the hallmark has, indubitably, been my three-year stint in the hostel. They say that every person should live away from home at least once in their life, because only then does one get the chance to explore and find their own path in life. I couldn’t agree more.

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It is that time of the year when everyone is busy photocopying notes, pulling all-nighters to settle a decent score in internals and getting submissions done just before the deadline. From easy-going days, it looks like college has suddenly transcended into a war zone- clearly, the honeymoon period is over. The semester flew away way too fast and while I’m still trying to grasp how that can be, I have to admit that I find myself wiser than I was a few months back. I’ve learned a few hacks which I wish someone would have told me before.

Here are 10 tips I learned by the end of the first semester, that can make college easier.

  1. Maintain your finances– With College comes independence and with that comes responsibility which includes finance management. It may seem harmless to spend 30-40 bucks here and there on multiple kiosks dotted around the campus, but these seemingly small spendings will turn you into a broke while you will be cluelessly wondering where all your money went. Hopefully, the demonetarization scheme is making you a better budgeter.
  2. Prioritize- With too much going around, it’s important that you prioritize your life. Whether it is society rehearsals, assignments or socializing with friends, make sure one thing isn’t eating up all your time.
  3. Wear whatever you want- If you want to get all dressed up or simply want to live in sweatpants, it doesn’t matter. You can do whatever you want.
  4. Participate and involve yourself– College is about thriving and not merely surviving, so participate and get involved in different sorts of events, public meetings, festivals, seminars and sign up for internships and volunteer. Sometimes you’ll be successful and sometimes you’ll end up making a fool out of yourself, but ultimately you’ll gain experience and that counts.
  5. Swear by these essentials-

Always keep your Metro card recharged.

Don’t forget the headphones or else the 20-minute metro ride will feel like an eternity.

Deodorant is very important. You don’t want to be that smelly kid.

  1. Be friends with the Class Representative– If you want to request your professor to change the extra class timings or want the notes that the teacher floated to be photocopied first, the friendship with dear old CR will come handy. Besides, if you are a busy person and don’t happen to attend classes regularly then the CR will be the most reliable person to update you about the classwork.
  2. Use the college resources- Make the best use of libraries, online database, computers, scanning and printing facilities, bus pass, massive open online course (MOOC’s) and of-cause the Wi-Fi. You will be surprised to know how much you can avail for free!
  3. Go to college no matter what- We may convince ourselves that by missing one day we will catch up on all the reading and complete the pending work. However, going by my experience I can tell that it’s not going to happen, so it’s better you attend the college and at least get the attendance.
  4. Lean to function alone– Okay so college is mostly about friends and togetherness, but sometimes you have to ride solo, so be prepared. It shouldn’t bother you to sit by yourself in the cafeteria or attend some seminar alone. Being alone doesn’t mean being lonely and you must learn to enjoy your own company.
  5. Sit back and relax- It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the negativity, sheer boredom or workload in college. You may feel that you’re not good enough. In that situation, it’s important that you sit back and relax before all the stress gets on your nerves.

 

Niharika Dabral

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