DU ki kahaani, seniors ki zubaani

  • Etti Bali, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2016 18:35 IST
The initial days are very important. Fucchas must interact with the seniors. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Fucchas (freshers), take note! Your seniors have some words of wisdom for you that are sure to take you a long way during your 3-year stint at Delhi University (DU). The new session at DU is about to begin and you will soon find yourself in a new environment. It is important to have a fun-work balance. We spoke to some seniors who gave all the right fundas for you to make the most of your time in college.

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For a newbie, seniors play the role of friends, mentors and confidantes. From college etiquettes to hangout zones, these students have been there and done that.

One advice, which was given unanimously by seniors and graduates we spoke to across various DU colleges, was to be a part of societies and take part in extra-curricular activities (ECAs). So read on to prepare yourselves on how to survive college!

Kanika Vashisth, final year student at Delhi School of Economics, says: “Always take part in ECAs, and be a part of societies. They help break the ice and give the fucchas a chance to interact more freely with the seniors. Societies are where the actual fun begins. The drama societies and sports are the most tightly-knit ones, and you end up feeling like a family.”

Kanika Vashisth believes that taking part in extra-curricular activities gives the fucchas a chance to interact more freely with the seniors.

Shreya Sharma, who graduated from Institute of Home Economics this year, says: “Do not, ever, disrespect the seniors, especially in a girl’s college. You must interact with the seniors, even if you are labeled a ‘chamcha’ in the process. I made the mistake of not mingling with the seniors, and in the process, missed out on a lot of opportunities.”

Shreya Sharma feels that joining a society grooms a student’s personality.

Amisha, final year student at Ramjas College, says: “When students get admission to DU, especially north campus colleges, they feel that with the high marks they have scored, they have achieved everything. But once they sit for classes and give exams, they will realise they know nothing. My advice to them would be to stay humble and never to act over-smart. Once you are in a batch, everybody is equal.”

Amisha says that marks do not really matter once the session begins, as everybody is equal in a class.

Dan Thomas, final year student of Kirori Mal College (KMC): “Talk to people not just from your class, but outside also. Every person has something new to teach. Get out of your comfort zone, attend fests and explore your surroundings. There are so many local eating joints such as Sudama’s Chai in Kamala Nagar market, Chache di Hatti near the back gate of KMC, and Tom Uncle’s behind Ramjas College.”

Dan Thomas advises freshers to get out of their comfort zone.

Milan Parekh, final year student at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce: “Attending classes is necessary, but going to Satya Niketan or Hudson Lane with your friends for a bite every once in a while is important, too. Also, guys should not shy away from girls in the college; no one likes a sausage fest. Lastly, no matter what, don’t let others judgment affect what you believe in.”

Milan Parekh says that a good impression on lecturers wouldn’t hurt when it comes to internal test scores.

Shubham Verma, final year student at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce: “It is a big step from secondary school to a university. As class lessons change to lectures, I advice the fucchas to do a bit of preparatory reading. They should at least know what they are going to study in the coming lectures.”

Shubham Verma feels that a bit of preparation helps with the lectures.

Now that you know what works and what does not, go on and have the time of your life!

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