Another year, another batch and yet is not just another day. The new session in Delhi University is starting today. This is a very special day for the first year students, the freshers, or the fuchhas in the DU lingo.
The first day of college life brings with it lots of excitement, anxiety, expectations and of course a fear of you being caught in the ‘positive interaction’ with your seniors. We, at HT City asked a few DU students on their first day experience. Here’s what they have to say.
An all girls attack
Coming from a co-ed background, I was so amazed and shocked to see only girls around me on the first day of my college. I have to confess that I was a little lost as I hardly knew anyone. But the seniors were really helpful and everything was so organised for our orientation — briefing on the college history, the alumni and of course performances by different societies. One thing I really remember is that we had a’'plant a tree’ ceremony where every new student planted a tree in the back lawns of the college. We were told that we have to take care of our plants and water them for the next three years.
Richa Bagla, Lady Shri Ram College (2007-pass out)
A thanda affair
My first day was quite boring actually. There was a speech by the principal of our college and he told us about the college history, rules and regulations. I liked the part about college parliament where we have our own president and governing body. Our seniors were very helpful. They told us about all the hang-out zones near our college and also who all are the fun teachers in the campus.
Farooq Ahmed Dehlvi, Hindu College (2nd year, English Hons.)
I was very scared on my first day. I remember I was noting down my time table for my classes when two seniors emerged and started enquiring about my course. After that they invited me to the canteen. I was so sure that either they were going to rag me or would make me pay for everyone’s lunch in the canteen. But I was so surprised when I went to the canteen. They not only introduced me to other students from my batch but also gave me their contact numbers.
Akshat Jain, Sri Venketeshwara College (3rd year BA Programme)
Serious, but funny too
My first day started on a serious note. The Delhi Commissioner of Police was invited and he guided us on various ways to tackle eve teasing. We were later introduced to our teachers. The seniors did rag us but it was fun. They made us do things like pole dance and athani chavani dance.
Manasvini Baldodia, Gargi College (2009-pass out)