So, college has just begun and you’re already overwhelmed by everything around, with a thousand advises and still none clear enough. From handling the sudden freedom from school to making a new set of cool friends, there are plenty of decisions that one has to make in this short span of time. While it’s really important to throw yourself into new experiences, it’s also imperative to know the right way to go about them. We get five Delhi University principals to give us some expert tips for cracking that tough first month.
Tiffin is better than a pot belly!
The transition from lunch boxes to a state-of-the-art cafeteria and loads of tempting junk food may be an exciting thought for a fresher, but eating out everyday could lead to a bloated belly, unwanted weight gain and most importantly, illness. So, eat healthy, and be fit and safe. “Science students usually carry lunch boxes, as they have long hours of college; but the percentage is a bit less in the case of Arts and Commerce students. But students should carry their lunch boxes, as eating out every day is not nutritious. Even if you are carrying your lunch box, you can still go out,” says Dr Shashi Tyagi, principal, Gargi College.
Don’t show off daddy’s moolah!
This tip is for those who flaunt their dad’s wealth a lot. Keep a tab on your money, as being a fresher and getting freedom from the rules of your school life will tempt you into doing everything exciting, leading to endless expenditure. There are no issues with spending money, as it’s college time, but having a balanced approach would help you more. “Students should spend their parents’ hard earned money with caution and a sense of responsibility. They should not show off their parents’ wealth, as it will attract wrong company. They should enjoy their freedom, but with a sense of responsibility,” says Dr Pradumn Kumar, principal, Hindu College.
It's like a see-saw!
Keeping things balanced is the key to getting the most out of college life. The freedom that comes with going to college is amazing, but that does not mean that you’ll indulge only in leisure activities and hanging out with friends. Studies, too, are an important part, in fact the most important one; after all, the college is an educational institute. “Students need to have focus in life. They should have minimum distractions. They should act responsibly with the freedom given to them. Studies play a major role in shaping their career and helping in achieving their dreams,” says Dr IS Bakshi, principal, Dyal Singh College.
Make A wise choice!
Make full use of every opportunity you get on campus, but practice caution. There may be peer pressure, but you need not succumb to the ‘bad’ habits despite the fact that they may look like fun from a distance. Always remember, their repercussions can land you in big trouble. “Students should have a strong will power and should listen to dos and don’ts spelled out by the college teachers. Even if they succumb to peer pressure and get into some bad habits, they should share it with their parents, the faculty or even with the principal at the right time,” says Dr Vijay Laxmi Pandit, principal, Rajdhani College.
Yaar, dil, dosti!
Making new friends is an essential part of college life; and why not, it’s all about having fun! But you should be careful in choosing your friends because the kind of friends you have, would reflect what kind of person you are. “The youth has a mindset of their own, so let them explore. They should make new friends, but should make a conscious choice,” says Dr Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.