Unmukt Chand, all of 20, has no airs about being an inspiration for thousands of students; and he’s more than happy to make his experiences in Delhi University (DU) help fuchchas who’ve just entered campus. The former under-19 cricket captain, who’s studying at St Stephen’s College, says the key to nailing it is not to think about results, but to explore a little bit of everything that college life offers.
What’s your take on the cut-off lists that scared so many this time around?
Personally, I don’t believe in results that much. If after securing 99%, you still don’t get admission in a prestigious college, then you can’t do much about it. Students should aspire to become all-rounders. For me, personality development is more important than results.
You faced attendance issues last year; how did you cope with it?
Sports students who were short of attendance were not allowed to sit for exams, but all that got sorted later. During such situations, the support of parents is very important. I would like to say to all parents that they should keep supporting their child because it gets difficult if you are alone.
What can freshers expect from Delhi University?
DU has lots to offer. Freshers can be a part of several interesting co-curricular activities that take place in the campus. During first year, students get to know each other, how DU works, and rules and regulations of the college. They should explore opportunities and enjoy being a part of their college.
How do you balance both sports and academics?
In school, I used to study for at least two hours every day, so that I wouldn’t have to mug up everything at the last moment. During the boards, it was difficult to balance both, so I had to stop playing cricket for a while. In college, it is different, as I focus more on my game. It’s a month or two before the exams that I start preparing, so that I can cover the course.
What are your favourite hangouts in Delhi?
I usually prefer partying at home with my friends. Other than that, I like to hang out in Noida and Central Delhi. I don’t like going to South Delhi because it is far (Unmukt resides in Mayur Vihar).