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All play and no work?

There needs to be a balance between leisure and studies, even during the first few weeks of college.Shubhodeep Chakravarty Reports

education Updated: Jul 22, 2009 09:08 IST
Shubhodeep Chakravarty

The reputation of a college depends on the kind of environment that it creates for its students. Most of the colleges in DU provide its students the required level of freedom, necessary to enable students to think independently, especially so in the first few weeks of college.

Traditionally, however, the first few weeks of college in DU see more of freedom and less of study-related activities. Sporadic classes, rare projects and no exams, lead to a laidback atmosphere in most of the colleges in the varsity. This period is usually the time for freshers to acclimatize to the new environment. “We had very few classes in the first week. I am glad it was this way because I did not really come out of the post-board-vacation-mode. To be burdened with classes and work right at the beginning would have been disastrous,” says Payal Kumar, a first year student in a prominent college of South Campus.

New college, new campus, new friends and new teachers can be intimidating for many and the negligible work pressure helps in calming nerves. Some, however, do not find it absolutely necessary, though. “My first month in college was good. Lazing around the college lawns was a lot of fun but by the end of the year, both my teachers and I were rushing to finish the course. The pleasant memories of the first month of doing absolutely nothing, turned sour,” says Aarti Shekhar, a fresh grad from Venky.

College authorities, however, outline the need to start off with classes as soon as possible. Dr PC Jain of SRCC feels that the right balance needs to be struck right at the beginning. “ Even at the beginning, college would be extremely monotonous if no classes take place. An excess of either studies or free time is not desirable, especially at the beginning,” he says.

A Fresher’s First Take

DU, a place innumerable teenagers aspire to reach. I, too, had the same aspirations. It is a tough job getting into DU because large numbers of students apply for the limited number of seats available. Making it to Miranda House, a reputed college, was big relief. The next thing that caught my imagination was ‘the first day in college.’ To be presentable was one of the most important things for me and like many I revamped my wardrobe.

The first day at college is all about being excited and curious. We wonder: What will happen next? Will I get ragged? How will the crowd be? How would the campus be? These are some of the questions, which kept coming up. But this year somehow the answers were a bit different from what I had heard from people earlier. We were actually seeking the seniors to come and rag us because the seniors seemed too aloof – to the point of being scared – to interact much with us. Can’t blame them, but a little interaction would have been good.