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College beckons!

HT Horizons campus journalists (CJs), share their inhibitions around the first cut-offs, and insights of their first campus experience

education Updated: Jun 15, 2011 09:34 IST

Aditya Srivastava
Hansraj Model School, Punjabi Bagh

June 15, 2011, the mere mention of this date gets one mixed reactions from the Delhi University aspirants. Some students are confident that they would make it through fair and square, some are scared and just confused about what is in store for them. What we can do, however, is to hope for the best and prepare ourselves for the worst. The cut-off lists will be out today and determine where we will land. While for most today is a big day, but for those wanting to do English (hons) from Delhi University, June 13 was equally important. June 13 was when CATE results were declared. A lot of students had written the test and were waiting eagerly for the results to come out. This year, 21 colleges under the University of Delhi will be accepting students on the basis of their CATE score so naturally it was one of the most important and anticipated results that came out. First Boards, then CATE followed by first cut-off list have really tried our patience levels. The wait is almost irritating because the anxiety is just increasing day by day. But that’s the only thing we can do for now, since nothing much is happening, and whatever that’ll happen will happen after today.

So just wait patiently for now and hope for the best, because you might just get what you wished for. All the best!

Diksha Jain
Springdales School, Pusa Road

I feel nostalgic about the first day at school, when I entered the huge gate holding my parents’ hands and staring at the name plate, trying to figure out the letters. Today, as I will be entering the college gates with documents instead of my parents’ hands in my hand, the feeling is almost the same. I am as identity-less as I was when I entered my alma mater. It is just one out of many feelings, although it has more significance for me now because then I did not understand the meaning of the word identity!

The other day, as I was entering the gates of St. Stephen’s to submit my admission form, my respect for the institution, which I had only seen in pictures till now, reached new heights. The building had an old- world charm to it, which we hardly get to see these days, unless we are in the by-lanes of old Delhi!

The gardens and corridors were a perfect example of the saying ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’. The empty benches in the classrooms announced proudly the fact that some of the brightest minds of the country sat here a few hours ago!
Even though I was disappointed to miss the fun of hopping from one college to another to buy the admission forms, nevertheless, I am eagerly awaiting the coming days when I shall have to face the heat in order to secure a seat for myself, because metaphorically, I have been running in a race all this while, the award ceremony of which is just about to begin!

Ishita Jindal
Modern School, Barakhamba Road

They say that first impressions are the last ones. Hopefully that’s true, because my impression of the first visit to DU, North Campus was absolutely awesome. It was one of those many sunny days with scorching heat. The traffic was mind-racking which made reaching the exam centre on time, absolutely impossible. I ultimately decided to walk my way to the centre for the BBS exam, the faculty of arts. All along the way I could see people struggling to get out of the traffic. The bus lanes introduced at the time of CWG weren’t such a good idea after all. They were an utter waste of space and just added on to the traffic with no space for parking the cars. It was a chaos but just nothing seemed to hamper my spirits. The students there, unaffected by the sun or the traffic, continued enjoying all that the campus had to offer. The colleges on both sides of the road, the rickshaws, the banta-stalls, the people on cycles, and the students enjoying on the side-walks in spite of the sun, the traffic and that rush to get to the centre quickly, all of it gave me a feel of the campus life. I was in awe of this institution and loved the picture it painted of how life ahead could be. It was blissful.

Now that finally all entrances are over and the cut-offs out, life has put us in a dilemma again. A better college or a preferred course... what should I opt for? I personally feel that it is more important to give the first preference to the course than the college. But I’m aware of the thousands of people all over the country for whom studying in DU is like living a dream. It is undoubtedly a tough decision to make and being confused is natural, but going through this process of confusion and decision-making is a vital learning process.

Zinnia Sharma
St Thomas’ School

In order to know the consequences of a particular action, we have to execute the action. No number of assumptions can possibly prophesy the exact outcome of the action. We have been conditioned to believe that what has already been tried and tested is probably the best option. If you apply it to DU, most of the applicants might also not be aware of the unconventional courses offered in DU, like BA (hons) social work, music and tourism, BSc (hons) in anthropology and food technology. Personally, I want to opt for philosophy (hons), and not as a backup, but genuinely for the interest in the subject. Interestingly, my parents asked me if I didn’t have any other options available to me. Philosophy (hons) allows you to think boldly, and express your views about taboo issues like suicides, gay marriages, terrorism etc. In my interaction with Rajib Ray, a faculty member in the department of philosophy at Kirori Mal College, he told me, “The students pursuing philosophy should be able to reflect and have an inquisitive mind. Students of philosophy go for civil services, law, journalism, research, teaching and event management.” So, for those like me, some of the prestigious colleges offering this course happen to be Hindu, St. Stephens, Lady Shri Ram College, Miranda House etc.

Rhiju Talukdar
St Columba’s School

Our waiting period is over and the battle for seats has begun. It’s almost painful to see the number of students you’re up against. It’s times like these that an encouraging word from your seniors can really make a difference and especially if they’re from DU itself. Yes, I am talking about myself; a friend from Hindu, gauging my English skills and my aptitude, reassures me a great CATE score. Very comforting to hear. I reckon the admission days are going to be even worse. Hail the lord for Kamla Nagar market and bantawalas!

Parushi Ruhil
St Thomas’ School

Today is ‘the day’ when our colleges and courses would be decided. From the very beginning I was clear of preferring the course to college. But as the admission process nears, I am caught up in the dilemma of ‘which course to choose’. In class 12 all my favourite subjects had equal weightage so I never had to choose. But, now in college I can major in just one subject and this leaves me confused to the core. It’s difficult to choose between psychology, English and sociology honours and applied arts course. This confusion is giving me sleepless nights and I wish I had thought of this before.