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Not quite like the movies

No Sushmita Sen in these classes. HT City gives you a reality check about life in the DU classroom.
By Neha Vermani | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2008 09:39 AM IST

Are you an ignorant DU aspirant who believes that college life is made of surreal romances, everlasting happiness, plush classrooms, tomfoolery in the name of academics and hot teachers clad in designer labels? Brace yourself. DU life is nowhere close to your Bollywood dream.

Having feasted our senses on candy floss college tales like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Main Hoon Naa, most of us look at college life through rose-tinted glasses. Those glasses will be knocked off your nose before you know it.

Performance anxiety
Rajat, a DU aspirant, says, "I would love to see girls drool over me. I have even bought a new motorbike to impress them." Countless girls, too, are out there shopping for that perfect wardrobe. Diets are on in full swing, while boys are memorising those perfect pick-up lines. All these are ways in which youngsters prepare themselves to cope with the huge change that awaits them.

This change from school life to college can lead to a loss of confidence, but only until you manage to carve a niche for your self in your new environment. "Adaptation is the key Take things head on and don't go in with any presumptions," says psychiatrist Dr Sameer Parikh.

According to him, students should not give in to the pressure of fitting in and take to habits like smoking. "Take your time, hang in there, talk to people and be in touch with your friends from school," he adds.

Take your time to choose your friends. After all, they are forever.

Classes are not fun
Here's what real college life is about - innumerable tutorials, classes, extra classes and tests. What you will not have is a Sushmita Senesque teacher and impromptu Apni toh paathshaalah type sequences. The truth of the matter is that the syllabus at the college level is more extensive than anything you've done in school. "

Going through six books for one topic was like a rude awakening for me. I wasn't prepared for endless trips to the library," says Natasha, a second-year history student at Hindu College.

And if you thought you could bunk your way through this agony here's a shocker: a minimum of 66.6 per cent attendance is mandatory at DU colleges. That means, 210 days of classes, or else, sit out the year and drudge through it again next year. And don't try any machinations - a letter from the authorities is also sent to your parents.

Scared? Relax... it's not all that bad. There are fests and farewells, melas and contests, you can always see a guitar-strumming dude surrounded by women. And, of course, there are lots of cute guys and 50 odd days to bunk!

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