The admission rush is finally over with those who managed a seat at a Delhi University (DU) college busy preparing for their first day.
Amid buying textbooks and taking notes from seniors, students are also ready to tackle the academic rigour that the semester system entails. Yet this is only one facet of life in college.
Senior students and professors alike strongly advocate getting involved in extra-curricular activities that the respective colleges provide. In this regard, while some college societies purely harness the student's interests, others involve innate talent and skill.
"It is very important for the people who come in join us to have read many of them to get a grasp on what plays are about. So when we audition students for the theatre society, we naturally test them on their grasp of dialogue, voice modulation, resonance and stage presence," said Ishaan Misra, president of Ramjas College's theatre society Shunya.
But there are others such as DU’s film clubs that thrive purely on a student’s interest instead of talent.
The film clubs across DU have — along with the showcasing of films on screen — made a concerted attempt at conducting workshops, which have taught students the nuances of filmmaking and appreciation.
"We screen films and organise discussions to see how people interpret these films. We also organise a fest every year called 'Moving Pictures' and screens films from different genres based on a theme," said Philip Cherian, a member of the Cine Club at St Stephen's College.
While students who have taken admission through the ECA or Sports quota are required to be a part of the societies that they had cited as their specialisation, every college also has societies that require students to mandatorily seek membership. This, officials say, is credit based since every student is marked for attending the sessions these societies conduct.
While the National Sports Organisation (NSO) conducts Yoga and Aerobic sessions, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS) are social services oriented.
"Every student is required to be a part of these societies because the attendance is counted towards the assessment. The students are required to attend the sessions that these societies conduct. However, they are at liberty to choose — other than the other societies they opt for — from any of these three societies," said Gitesh Nirban, media coordinator, Kamla Nehru College.