Bring out that new outfit; match it up with latest accessories and add to it a healthy dose of attitude. But try as you might, you can never be too prepared for the first day of college. Many Delhi University colleges will throw open their gates to freshers on Tuesday and coping with all the excitement of being in college, the apprehension and fear of seniors and ragging and the pleasure of finally breaking free from school can be quiet taxing.
Our advice. Take a chill pill. Most colleges will welcome freshers with an orientation talk meant to make you comfortable with the new environment. While Hindu College will show a film on the college, Lady Sri Ram will invite an alumna to talk about her experience of being in college.
“There is song, dance, a spoof by the dramatic society and loads of fun,” said Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator for LSR. On a more serious note, LSR has a tree plantation ceremony, where the new entrants get to plant one sapling each. “It signifies that they are here to be nurtured and they are also encouraged to look after the saplings,” said Khandelwal.
At Hindu College, freshers will get an opportunity to have an informal interaction with seniors and teachers during a high tea on Monday. “If any student feels uncomfortable, then he/she can talk to the faculty,” said Kavita Sharma, principal.
Motilal Nehru College will actively talk about preventing ragging among students. “Strict action will be taken against any student found indulging in ragging. We have formed teams of faculty members who will take regular rounds of the college for the next few days. Warning signs against ragging will also be posted in the college. We will monitor the people entering our college with the help our security and the police,” said Ramesh Sharma, principal.
The university will also be swarming with policemen for the next two days so don’t panic. “Joint control rooms will be set up in North and South Campus and there will be extra security near eating joints and hostels,” said SK Vij, Dean Students Welfare. “There will also be mobile patrolling from this year,” he said.
He, however, advised students not to stay on in colleges for too long. “Students don’t have to take any extra precautions but they should not stay on for too long in colleges unnecessarily. There will be a big crowd and they will meet lots of people. So they should attend the orientation, pick up their timetables and go home,” Vij said.
You need to carry just enough money to make your way to and from college. “Most colleges will give you snacks or tea and you won’t be required to stay for too long,” said Avantika, a second year student of Miranda House.