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Start of a new chapter

education Updated: Jun 28, 2011 17:12 IST

Ishita Jindal
Modern School, Barakhamba Road

Living without your phone and all the contacts stored (especially when school is over and you REALLY miss your friends) is tough! Thanks to the entrance exams again, I lost my cell. Stolen should be more appropriate. The guard at the entrance of the examination centre asks you to deposit the cell with him, takes down your roll no and disappears once the exam is over. Obviously, the school authorities are not responsible! Its awesome how systematic things are in government colleges and schools, Isn’t it?

Gone are the days when we had a set of colleges to choose from and a common entrance for all. Currently, there a hundred universities with a thousand courses to offer and new ones always keep coming up. Shiv Nadar University and NIIT University are two such new universities that I applied to for BTech this year.

The private universities today are coming up and offering top class education. They not only provide with great infrastructure and first class learning process through research work, but also enhance the overall personality more due to the various co-curricular activities they offer. These colleges conduct interviews for admitting students and the entrances alone are not the only criteria for selection. These universities, I believe, are a great option to consider for studying in. They have great prospects for the future. Plus, there is obviously no added tension of losing your cell phone.

Rhiju Talukdar
St Columba’s School

Back to normalcy; back to normal-length nails, normal meal times, and most importantly, back to inhaling after exhaling. Admissions at DU are at a close and most of us have grabbed seats. Many of us have humbly accepted our personal victories, gotten our college and course preference while others may not have got the perfect combination but at least the best they could get, rather the best the system was willing to give them.

I got English (hons) at Hindu and yes I’m immensely satisfied. I look forward to my first day at college and hopefully my batchmates will be interesting enough to provide constant incentive for me to make the commute from south Delhi to North Campus daily. I’ve observed my friends who are in DU and I know for a fact they are anything but regular to college. For me, that is only the more encouraging —monotony gets to me very easily. Somewhere in the back of my head I’m almost sure I’ll be missing classes held on weekends and wasting hours at the gaming plaza at Kamla Nagar market. Having gotten admission, it’s naturally more comfortable now to talk about the nice things we’re expecting from our college lives, hence the shamelessness.

It’s said college is the place where you can rebuild your image and attitude, the place we really become the people we’re going to be for the rest of our lives. Having said that I think we should all open ourselves to the idea of letting our college add to our character and broaden our perspectives rather than just coming to college, studying and going home-it’s something to be experienced.

Diksha Jain
Springdales School, Pusa Road

Since the first two cut-offs are out and there is not much hope left, the race which began nearly three months ago is approaching its end. Most of us have got admission into a college, whether we have had to compromise on the course or the college of our choice. The others who have not landed up anywhere will surely do so in a few days’ time, because something good is in store for each of us!

One thing that is causing a major problem, me and my friends feel, is that since there are reservations in various categories, about 50% of the seats are already taken up. Also, there are no seats reserved for Delhiites in the Delhi University. Students from state boards with same or higher percentage as students from the central board are also competing for those small number of seats. While the population of Delhi has almost doubled in the past 25 years, the number of seats available per course have remained the same. I can relate this scenario to a picture of many rats running after a single piece of cheese!

My experience during the admission process has been pretty good. Most colleges had a smooth process of depositing fees, barring a few, where the staff could not handle the rush, and the process from filling the form to depositing the fees took almost four hours! The staff in colleges like Hansraj and Kirori Mal was very polite and helpful. All answered our queries enthusiastically.

Personally speaking, I am still pinning my hopes on the third list, because it is rightly said, the quest for the best never seems to cease.

Parushi Ruhil
St Thomas’ School

Finally I begin my article with a proud smile — I made it in a good college with a course of my choice, since this year getting admission itself seems like such an achievement. But what I couldn’t understand was what is the point of five cut-off lists, when most courses close by the second one. That gives false hope to students with just about average scores. Delhi University has its own ways of getting things done, be it admissions, elections, dress codes. I’m just wondering what my first day in college will be like. Can you really prepare for it, anyway? But I have some expectations and anxieties. What will determine my first impression? What do I wear? How shall I tie my hair? How should I talk? Despite all the speculation, I’m sure about one thing — I’m super excited about college life. All my friends and cousins have their stories about college life and it’s fun. They tell me all the "what to do’s" and "what not to do’s". Soon, I’ll be narrating my own stories. I hope they turn out to be good experiences and memories. It’s much harder to wait for it, now that it’s only a matter of a few days.

Zinnia Sharma
St Thomas’ School

Now that we’re done with the admission procedure, what’s left is the anxiety of what college life holds. School life, although restricting, was secure. You can’t say the same about college, because everyone with you had their share of bitter life experiences, and grew up with that. In the last few days, I have pondered over the changes that have come, and yet to occur. I’d no longer be in a "girl’s convent", there would be no uniform, no more strict curfews. We’re officially adults, who must realise their responsibilities.

I’ve been to the Hans Raj College campus a number of times after my admission, just to be able to soak in the feeling of being a student there. But I’ve to confess, this feeling will be nothing in comparison to the one on my first day in college. The million expectations, and the insecurity of being all by yourself, follows the elation of being in a prestigious college.

Snapping out of a dreamy, philosophical state, I would say that there are a few things that I’m really looking forward to, like the fact that most of my school friends will also be in DU, which will make it a lot easier to adjust to something as new as college life. The feeling of knowing there’s so much more to experience is overwhelming. With that, I wish you all the very best of luck and hope we all make the most of this chapter.

Aditya Srivastava
Hansraj Modern School, Punjabi Bagh

What I’ve learned in my life is that we need to enjoy life’s little moments. It is so strange that we wish to earn loads of money, but we may have the best of times with only a 100-rupee note in our pockets. We wish to wear branded clothing but we feel most comfortable in the clothes we buy from a flea market.

We wish to sit in a five-star hotel with elite people, but we enjoy roadside vendor’s food with friends the most. We wish to own big cars and go on long drives, yet we talk our hearts out only while walking down a long road. We have 64 GB iPods filled with songs but sometimes a song on the radio brings a smile that can’t be compared to anything else. Life is simple indeed; we make it complex by running after what never gives us joy. Love life, take note of little things, for when you achieve the bigger heights, you can look back and smile at what you’ve experienced in life. We just need to take a break and realise that for once.

Moving on to DU’s third cut-off list, I’m glad that I took admission in the course of my choice in a good college because the third list only had one theme and that was ‘CLOSED’. Almost all popular courses have been filled, so students who had taken admission earlier did the right thing. Students who preferred to wait may now find themselves in a bit of trouble finding their choice of course or college. The counselings of various engineering and architecture colleges have also started, and the dilemma stands for me, what do I do? BTech, BArch, BSc (hons) computer science from DU? Only time will tell, till then eyes closed and fingers crossed.

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