All the best to you all
HT Horizons campus journalists (CJs) share the thoughts that crowded their minds as they concluded their search for the best-suited institutionseducation Updated: Jul 06, 2011 10:38 IST
Springdales School, Pusa Road
A good beginning makes a good end, though the journey to the end might be full of obstacles. In my case, scoring a decent percentage in the boards marked a positive beginning. I was quite optimistic that I would make it to a good college in the course of my choice. But this optimism was only too short-lived once the cut-offs were out. I did not bother much when the first cut-off was out, keeping my fingers crossed for the second list. But the actual panic started when I did not land anywhere even after the second list. Most of the colleges had closed their admissions for economics (hons). But I was in the waiting list for Jesus and Mary College.
There came a moment when I had lost all hope and decided to compromise on my course and take admission in Lady Shri Ram for maths (hons). But finally, luck was on my side. I got a call from JMC, informing me that a couple of seats are vacant after the third list, and I am eligible for admission there. I was content and very happy because I finally achieved what I wanted! One thing that I have learnt from this experience is that life cannot be a perfect cream cake. Rather, it is a piece of burnt toast. You have to scrape off the edges to enjoy its taste…
St Thomas’ School
After my admission I was expecting some relief and satisfaction. The satisfaction part is very well there, but the waiting period for college is annoying. There are numerous ways in which I can imagine how my college life is going to be, but the actual experience will be anything but predictable. However, in order to kill time, the few things which kept me away from anxiety included trying to make the most of possibly the last vacation before a continuous adulthood begins. What I now see in my future is a tedious schedule of college, a stack of responsibilities, which is immediately followed by the pressure of surviving in this globalising economy.
The reason I choose to say things on a super-serious note, despite being just 18 is because the expectations of everyone around me are on a rise. After a point, everything you do has to match the standards you unconsciously set for yourself. This has made me skeptical of my own decisions; nothing seems good enough. Not even making it to Hans Raj in the first cut-off list. Youngsters today don’t seem as keen to pursue professions like teaching, law, politics and other niche fields, despite knowing that these fields are beneficial to the society. They help bring the change we wish to see in our nation.
St Thomas’ School
Now that the admission process has come to an end (almost), I want to dedicate a part of this article on the education system of the country and my experience with it. I read
somewhere that the single most important contribution education can make to a child’s development is to help him/her towards a field where his/her talents best suit them, where s/he will be satisfied,happy and competent. I agree. But here we are in a system where, only a child who is brilliant in maths and science is considered intelligent.
We have set narrow standards of success. There are many ways to succeed and various abilities that will help one get there. Education boards should spend less time ranking children and more time helping them identify their talents.
Education should encourage innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Its high time the government realises that this system needs to be amended. But the question is who will bell the cat?
Hansraj Model School, Punjabi Bagh
Playing video games is the best way to kill time and is a great stress buster for someone who is constantly under pressure; it becomes a portal to channelise my tension and worries to something that is not real, something on which we have control — unlike our life, which is very unpredictable. We can't play our life the way it we want, it'll play out itself and surprise us most of the times. That's what I've been experiencing with the results of entrances tests, coming out as big surprises to me, and not at all in a good way. I wish I could just quit and restart everything again but life is not a video game and I can't change what has happened. What I can do is learn from these experiences and failures and hope to do better the next time. Life teaches us that the hard way, and it's just the beginning.
The admission in DU is almost over and most people have got the course of their choice if not the college and that's what really matters, the rest of the things are just a camouflage and nothing more, though it's true that we all want the best of the best, but we can't be too greedy can we? We get what we deserve and we should have the ability to accept that fact. Sometimes I wish engineering colleges also functioned like the DU, taking students on their merit in the qualifying exams and not by entrance exams. But well wishes don't always come true, do they? But now that the admissions are done, it's time we took a break and relax for a while, because these times won't come back.
Modern School, Barakhamba Road
With the fourth cut-off list out and other colleges with professional courses already in the midst of the admission procedure, most of us are already certain of our fate. Some though, are still hanging in thin air and want to make this decision fast. With so many options, deciding on an option gets extremely difficult. Campus visits and a little chitchat with seniors really clears the air of doubt. It gives us the feel of the place we’d spend the next few years of our lives in.
I had applied for the NIIT University (NU) and had a 20-minute-long interview with a high profile panel last week. I visited the campus at Neemrana and absolutely fell in love with it. Far from city life and situated on the foothills of the Aravali, this 100-acre, huge and green campus with a network of energy saving Earth Air-Tunnels is an absolute architectural marvel and is a case study for green learning. Talking to the seniors about their experiences in this open campus, I was extremely fascinated about the host of activities that await me. They even told me of the trekking trips to the hills that got me jumping. Just the idea of living in the lap of nature where seamless learning is the order of the dayseemed intoxicating. I went back home with just one thing on my mind — I want to study in this
St Columba’s School
Of late, my daily routine’s been something like this - wake up, eat, surf the net, eat, walk around the house looking for something to do, surf the net, eat and finally, sleep!
On the odd weekend ‘walk around the house…’ gets replaced by ‘walk around the house with a friend looking for something to do’. The getting-into-college celebrations are over and I have fed over five mouths with expensive food. Nothing eventful seems to be in the pipeline till college starts and my sanity is now at the mercy of those random spontaneous plans which are made every now and then, if made at all.
But I did watch Delhi Belly recently and it made up for all the accumulated lethargy and boredom of the week; a brilliant Indian comedy I have seen in a very long time, not glamourised and not a far cry from reality (at least behaviour-wise). It’s nice to know there’s been progress in terms of social acceptance of the ways of the youth. (Can I consider a career as a film critic?)
Come to think of it, this little time we have till college starts may be our last long haul idle-period. Not that we won't have idle-periods in college (who are you kidding?)