And college life it is...! After a two-month wait post the Class 12 Board exams, some of you have finally stepped into a new zone. The transition from school to college is one of the major events in one’s life. It evokes a sense of excitement, fear and nervousness. While some students look forward to the freedom associated with college life, others fear the challenges associated with it. Here are some tips that will come in handy if you are a fresher.
Know that everyone is as nervous as you are
The other college students you meet on campus might put on a bold front, but that doesn’t mean they’re not nervous.This is an entirely new experience for everyone, so don’t think that you’re the only one who is either homesick or worried about not making friends.
Tip: Keep calm and be yourself. Don’t let the nervousness reflect in your speech and body language.
Try to recognise your batchmates. Try and recall their names. Networking in class will help you in the long run, especially while completing assignments, creating study groups, and associating with partners for group projects.
Tip: Try and make friends on the very first day. You can even get your selfie clicked and flood your school friends’ newsfeeds on Facebook and other social media.
Explore your campus
Try and explore the college campus and the facilities. Find out where classes will be held, the recreational facilities etc. This is something that should not be limited to the first week because that is all that you will have to do for the next three years.
Tip: From Hudson Lane to Kamla Nagar, Sarojini Nagar to Select City Walk - the list of the places you should visit is endless and that is precisely why you should begin from where you are.
Say no to ragging
Do not encourage or let others encourage ragging.
Tip: Do not run away from your seniors or be scared of them. There will be dancing, singing and lots of laughter. However, if faced with bullying and harassment, walk away and report the matter to the anti-ragging cell of your college immediately. Delhi University has strict rules against ragging.
Bring everything you need to class
Depending on the professor or lecturer, your first course may just be a brief session where they explain the course structure, expectations, and syllabus. If this is the case, make sure you pay attention to dates that are mentioned, and write them down. College is all about deadlines, so make sure you try and meet them.
Tip: Don’t forget to bring all all that you may require for class, including stationery, folders, sticky notes, your laptop, etc. You never know what you might need.
So, it’s best to be fully prepared.
Wear something you’re comfortable in!
Wear something that you’re comfortable in, but also something you feel you look good in. If you feel confident, it’s likely to get reflected in your body language.
Tip: Boys may pair their old pair of denims with a cool slogan T-shirt for that perfect look. Girls can combine jeans with cotton kurtis, T-shirts etc.
Compiled by Danish Girdhar