University life: Tasting the colours

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 15, 2014 18:29 IST

In an interaction with students at Punjab Agricultural University, the discussion flagged off with what they truly thought about life after school.

Many were quick to point out that the element of freedom was the most enticing. Having completed only a month or so in college, Amarpreet Singh says, “When we got admission here, we thought there will be a lot of freedom but due to assignments and various rules and regulations, mostly underlining discipline, there is little room for freedom as assumed. That is why those of us who are in the book worm category have taken to university very well, whereas naughty ones like me are taking our time to adjust.”

For Davinder Pal and Arashpreet Kaur, finding the right friends and inspiring teachers was very important. “As the days to graduate on to higher studies got closer, we often wondered if we would get the right friends and caring professors but thankfully we discovered many new friends, including seniors, but professors as compared to teachers, are not so connected with us,” say Pal and Kaur.

On the other hand, Aman Thapp says nothing bothered her at all as she feels that every new place has its own colours and one must try wrapping oneself around in those to remain happy.

“The day I got admission, I told everyone within minutes, so eager and excited was I for the new exposure and experience,” says Thapp.

While we asked the students about the credentials of the university life, Vishawjeet Dhanda and Mohit Kumar hailing from Haryana and Rajasthan, respectively, came up with fine views.

“During school, we met students mainly from local areas but here the scope is massive. Firstly, coming to Punjab and getting introduced to its culture and language through Punjabi students gave us much exposure. Secondly, as university is home to students from various parts across the country and from foreign countries as well, it offers a cosmopolitan environment to learn a lot about various cultures and languages, which is simply an education in itself,” they say. For these students, the priority now is to put their best foot forward to get into the skin of university life.

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