Want to be the Fuccha who is outgoing and energetic and makes new friends just in time for Freshers? Well here are a few ways to make it happen. 

Everyone is a little freaked out and jittery, at the start of something new. As you say goodbyes to hemline skirts and tiring ties college opens arms to you not only as a whole new set, but as a great exposure to seize and realize your ambitions. Most of us are nervous during the initial days of college,  especially for those who are new to the city. However, there is little to fear. If there’s one way to overcome your fears is to stand out and be proactive. Take the first step. Be the fearless person, and resonate.

Everyone in your class is new to college like you are.  So here are a few tips and tricks for the fresher’s as well as for the seniors to delve into a good interaction.

  • A hello goes a long way

A simple salutation, but has a vast vast effect. This was the same hello which you kept hidden from your crush in high school, or the hello which could solve old problems. Say bye to all of that now. A simple hello is a flag wave for initiation of a conversation. And since you have all been through the school and admission process think of all the small talk you can achieve on the first day. So don’t shy away from the opportunity of opening up.

  • Remember that it takes time 

Ever been insecure or slightly pained from that one classmate who the entire class adores or who is the sunshine of the class in just a matter of a few days? Well don’t be disheartened. Every individual has his or her own space and time to open up. Some do it faster, some lower. Take your time and embrace it and then let your wings spread and the magic glow. A little hint, don’t be the quiet and the mute spectator for too long! 

  • Be the first one out

Don’t shy away from approaching an introvert. A personal story from my side- when my college days began, I sat next to a classmate who hardly ever spoke to me. I felt quite reluctant and soon my hellos and greetings faded away, due to her shy response. What I did not realize was that she was an introvert. Soon enough I started initiating conversations and then those small talks became long conversations into love, friendship and life, and soon from strangers we became the best of friends.

  • Be positive and offer positivity

Ever seen a sunflower inclining towards the splashing rays of sunshine? Why? It radiates and gives a sense of warmth. Be as positive and as genuine as possible. People truly bind and appreciate your true-self. Be a person who welcomes every one and is proactive and understanding. Your compassion is your strength remember!

  • Don’t try TOO hard

We always stumble upon that classmate who tries to be a little bit too cool, or a little too loud? Well that’s the case when you try to showcase yourself as someone who you really aren’t.  Don’t try too hard and be someone who you really aren’t. It doesn’t take a lot of time to distinguish between what’s fake and what’s genuine. So try your best to not try to make people like you. Just be yourself and let the magic work.

Now as many of you will be interacting with the seniors, and this is for them also, likewise here are a few ice-breaker activities to release that awkward tension and to form a good bond. Ice-breakers are meant for a fun and relaxing way of conversation. To release any awkwardness or shyness and to make the next person more secure.

Here are a few ice-breakers which will help you:

  • Embarrassing memories

Probably a textbook move, but wait till you hear the details of it all. Yes no one really likes to brag about something unless its their ‘conquests’. Here’s a great way to start your bonding with your juniors.

Start by narrating an embarrassing incident which happened to you and then let everyone share bit by bit till you feel there’s time to move onto the next activity.

  • Two truths and a lie

It’s an interesting way to engage your audience and to make a good fool of others. Try doing this in groups of four or five. Start by narrating 3 incidents. 2 of them have to be the truth and one of them has to be a lie. The other participants have to guess which one is the truth and which one is the lie.

  • First Impressions

It might be a snarky pick but trust me it is worth it. It’s almost like a psycho-analysis for you. Start by indicating three traits that the person sees in you, and has to say it out loud, in front of everyone. It is interesting to see who makes it to the bubbly and who makes it to the snobby list.

  • Memorable Catchy Names

“Sassy Neha”, or “Sleepy Sid”, catchy nick names is a good way to engross and to ensure you get to know each other well. They can get as snarky as you want or as cute as you wish. 

  • Jive time

This counts for one of the last activities after you’ve all blended in with each other. A little jive session, to re-energize and to go bonkers for one last time before the next course begins. It’s a fun way to groove and show your moves and just basically have a lot of fun.

College is all about exploring, and giving your best way to accelerate and move forward.

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Avnika Chhikara

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To all the fucchas, this even semester is also known as the fest season and before the fest season commences in full spring, here is what you should expect from a typical DU cultural fest.

The Fest season of the University of Delhi (DU) is here. We are officially amidst the fest season and right now, almost every college union must be raising a hue and cry over concerns regarding sponsorship, creative teams, fest dates and the hoopla around booking fest venues from the college administration. You all may be hearing all sorts of rumours from friends about which celebrity is coming to your college, who all are sponsoring your college event and what will be the dates of the fest. Honestly, to the excited fucchas, we would like to let you know that DU fests are all fun and cool, but do not have ridiculous expectations from them. February and March will be the time of your year but your experience at a fest does not just depend on the event but also the kind of friends’ group you are with. There will certainly be a DJ Night and a Star Night where you would dance your heart out with friends and create amazing Snap Chat and Instagram stories. The two or three-day event will allow you to gorge on the cheapest and tastiest food and shopping stalls available will allow you to buy funky and eccentric trinkets. Your college will be full to its capacity and you might even make new friends from this oncoming crowd. The quality of your college fest, essentially the celebrity that comes to the star night, will depend upon the money your college union is able to raise from the sponsorship teams, college funds and the name of your college. Overcrowding is a typical attribute of all DU fests – so be prepared for squeezing your way out during all the event days and beware of pickpockets and inappropriate touching and groping. Competitions will be a lot of fun as every college society will be upping their game so as to garner as much recognition as they can.

The best thing about a DU Fest is that you can gain access to each and every DU college out there during the fests and entry into girls’ colleges for the boys and the girls from such colleges into coed colleges is an absolute boon. Start making all sorts of contacts if you are staying in a PG to get entry into as many colleges as you can. Do not expect punctuality during the fest as there will be problematic timelines and delays due to the celebrity’s tantrums, the tardiness of the college authorities and the event management teams. Eat, dance, and scream as much you can because whether you are a fresher, a sophomore or someone who is teary-eyed in their last semester, DU fests are the most enjoyable time of the year. Preserve your memories, explore the DU Campus and most importantly, love your time in this University and have a lot of fun!

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Oorja Tapan

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5.Hire a beefy bodyguard and hide behind him at any sign of trouble

4. Chin up, chest out. Strut around like you’re Sylvester Stallone from Rambo and look everyone straight in the eye. You can even nick your little brother’s toy guns and keep twisting them around in your hands cowboy-style for added effect.

3. Hang a camera around your neck. If any seniors approach you, just say you’re there for sight-seeing, get a photo clicked with them and walk off whistling.

2. If you come across any seniors ragging luckless newbies like yourself, just join the seniors, laughing and back-slapping them like you’ve known them all your life. Punch them playfully on the shoulders and drop in suggestions. Soon they’ll be treating you in the college canteen!

1. Get bodypainting done in the colours of your college and merge with the walls to avoid detection