Mudit Ganguly, now a venerable senior at Jai Hind College, is gleefully awaiting the freshers’ orientation on Saturday. But Ganguly’s intentions are warm and fuzzy.
“We have made a video introducing each student of the senior class by making fun of them. I am sure it will leave all the freshers in splits,” said Ganguly, 19, a second year mass media (SYBMM) student at the Churchgate college. He hopes that the orientation will help the first year students to approach their seniors without hesitation.
Not all freshers are as lucky though. First year students who walk into Wilson College, Charni Road, will have to brave their way through a group of seniors standing at the gate asking each of them to pay a sum of money as ‘department deposit’.
“We will tell them that they will not be allowed to use college facilities without paying this deposit. The idea is to see how they deal with this situation before we tell them it is simply a joke,” said Roshan Kokane, an SYBMM student.
With first year classes beginning in colleges on Monday, seniors are looking at new ways to break the ice, and make friends with fresh entrants. As students get ready for their first day in college, the last thing on their mind is the fear of being ragged.
What fresher wouldn’t want to start a year in college by learning a new skill? At DJ Sanghvi College, Vile Parle, seniors organise workshops for first year students, ensuring that the interaction is also constructive. “These workshops, which last for a day or two, have interesting themes such as web designing or solving the Rubik's cube. I made a lot of friends from the senior classes during the workshops conducted for us last year,” said Jash Ajnera, a second year student.
A freshers’ party for the new batch is a popular concept across colleges. Last year, at the mass media freshers’ party at St Xavier’s College, Dhobi Talao, each junior was supposed to ask a senior to accompany him or her to the party, making it easy for both classes to get to know each other.