Admission rush is over, and the only thing fuchchas now have to worry about is their first day at college. While some are dieting, others are on a shopping spree — anything to ensure that they look and feel their best when DU colleges open on July 21. And why not? As heads of student unions tell us, it’s a day they’ll never forget. For some, the day will bring friends for life, and for others it may be intimidating and awkward. College seniors share memories of their first day in class...
My first day at college made me feel really proud. I didn’t really decide on what to wear but was sure that I would pick the best of my outfits. The day started with a cultural show by the various societies of the college and speeches by the alumni and principal. The performances were really impressive. After the briefing in the auditorium, we were taken to the back lawns to plant a tree. After that, we were given refreshments and were asked to just enjoy the rest of the day. I don’t remember making any friends that day, as I was totally overwhelmed by what was happening around.
For my first day, I didn’t want to wear anything over the top or too simple; so I decided on a white shirt and blue jeans. The day was a mix of good and bad for me. Firstly, we were briefed about the college’s tradition and were told that we have to maintain the legacy and take the college to new heights. After that, we had an interaction session with our teachers. But, I remember how my seniors bullied me. Though they asked me to dance with no music, I took everything in good spirits. I also made some friends with whom I later planned to hang out after the orientation.
I was a little apprehensive about my first day, as I was from a different city and didn’t really know anyone here. But, I was happy to meet some friends that I had met earlier during school competitions. So, my first day didn’t turn out as scary as I thought. There was no ragging as such, but we did interact with our seniors and they were quite nice to us. We also listened to some speeches by the college faculty and the principal. The speeches were informative, as they told us about the college, its history and the strong alumni network that the college has.
Nervousness, excitement, anxiety and curiosity were some of the feelings that I went through on my first day of college. I remember changing my nail paint thrice before I finally left for college... I just wanted to look my best. Neither the heat nor the crowd could deter me from missing any of the programmes that day. Some of the people whom I made on the first day of college are some of my closest friends today. It was indeed an unforgettable day for me. According to me, the first day of college is always a memorable day for freshers.
Surbhi Malik President, Sri Venkateswara, 2009-10
My preparations for the first day of college started almost a month before I even got admission. I planned for everything — from what to wear to how I will talk. Today when I recall my first day in college, I realise that no one made any serious impressions on me that day. Infact, I didn’t sit anywhere close to some of my classmates, even those who later went on to become very good friends. Even so, I think the excitement of the first day is unbeatable. So, I would suggest all the freshers to go with an open mind and try to interact as much as possible with their seniors.