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How to settle into college

Students have a love-hate relationship with college. While many can’t wait for colleges to start, others are afraid of the ragging, dealing with students from different backgrounds and handling an entirely new way of life very different from school.

education Updated: Aug 24, 2011 10:41 IST
Garima Upadhyay

Students have a love-hate relationship with college. While many can’t wait for colleges to start, others are afraid of the ragging, dealing with students from different backgrounds and handling an entirely new way of life very different from school. Get some tips from the survival strategies adopted by freshers in Delhi University and find out how you too can settle in easily.

Be prepared: Don’t let the college experience catch you off-guard. Says Nikita Goyal, a first-year student of BCom at Hansraj College, “After school, I started interacting with my seniors, teachers and relatives to understand college life better. I also joined a few groups on Facebook which gave me an idea of what college culture was all about. For most people, shopping for their first month of college is all about the right clothes, shoes or styles... they don’t think beyond that and feel depressed when it studies begin. Students should acquaint themselves better with college life before actually starting the grind.”

Be confident: Confidence can help you take care of most problems in college like peer pressure, performing well in academics and extracurricular activities. “The attitude of Delhiites is very different towards people from the north-east. The rickshawallahs and autowallahas would take me for a ride and overcharge even for small distances. Initially, I obliged, but now I raise my voice . Confidence gives you the power and the trust in yourself that nobody can fool around with you,” says

Ainisha Ashraf, a first-year student of history at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, who has moved to the Capital from Guwahati.

Be comfortable in your skin: Be at peace with yourself and don’t try to give in to peer pressure. Adds Ashraf, “I am proud of myself, my choices and my preferences. I won’t change them just because people around me want me to. If I wore salwaar-kurtis in my hometown, why should I slip into a pair of hot pants just because others do?

I can be cool otherwise, too.”

Reach out: For Debayan Choudhuri, a first-year student at the College of Vocational Studies, getting to know everyone was the key to establishing a comfort level in college. “I made it a point to introduce myself to people I didn’t know. Now, I know many people and life’s much better than before.”