The transition from school to college is one that has usually been a difficult one for students. The students seek to break free from the shackles of school life without a clear understanding of the requirements of college life. Talk about freedom that a college life is supposed to bring to the students delude the students into believing that no rules govern their lives in college and very often by the time they recognise this to be a myth, it’s too late.
The first thing to do when you enter an institution is to find out as much as you can about it. There are a set of written rules and another of unwritten ones. Some of those would be a part of the college prospectus. In case your institution holds an orientation session, do make it a point to attend it. You may gather information that may otherwise not be easily available in one place. Library rules and timings, various societies and their auditions and the various members of the teaching faculty and the non-teaching staff are some of the things that you will get a capsule introduction to.
Ragging is strictly prohibited and every college has an anti-ragging squad in place. In case of an unpleasant experience, do contact the college administration. However, it’s very important to get in touch with your seniors. They are the ones who’ll be able to guide you through the maze of college life. From assignments to attendance to courses, you should select how to crack the exams; they will be your faithful friends through it all. The office, of course, is always there to inform you about the technicalities.
Having been spoon-fed through school life, the atmosphere in a college can frighten even the lion-hearted. The essential difference between schools and colleges is that the former treat you as children who need constant guidance whereas the latter treat you as adults capable of taking decisions on your own. Even when counselled by teachers and professional counsellors, there is an underlying belief that college students will take decisions on their own and be responsible for them. There is ample room for self-study and self-discipline.
Self-motivation is then the keyword to a successful college life. You need to seek the answers to all your queries - whether they are about classes, ECA auditions, attendance or academic issues. The teachers may appear distant at first. They may not remember your name. But muster enough courage to ask them any question in the classroom and they will patiently deal with it. Confide in them outside the classroom about personal matters and you won’t find a more loving friend.
Enjoy but recognise your duties and responsibilities towards your institution, your parents and most importantly towards yourself. Be a responsible college student. And learn to be proud of your institution.