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Countdown begins!

The countdown to college has begun and HT Horizons campus journalists (CJs) are waiting anxiously for the first day experience... and preparing for it

education Updated: Jul 13, 2011 11:09 IST
Hindustan Times

Parushi Ruhil
St Thomas’ School

Life has become really boring. Everyday is like following the same routine of just sitting at home, doing absolutely nothing. I have had enough of hanging out with friends, as well, I don’t feel like doing it anymore. I think even friends are bored of looking at each others’ faces all the time now (with nothing to do but stare).

I miss studies, I miss the 7am to 2pm schedule. Everything was exciting then, the idea of going out with friends, night outs, not studying, being in bed for the entire day, absolutely everything! Now only one idea excites me — opening books.

The other day, as I was cleaning my table, I could recall all memories related to it. Books, exam papers, notebooks, presents, old pens (which I borrowed and never returned), slips that we used to pass between classes, old diaries and the hymn book. They didn’t mean much then, but these things are special now.

Only a week to go, and then, we all will be living our dream of going to college, for which the shopping has begun! Normally, I don’t like shopping at all. I would rather sit and eat, and let my mother buy stuff for me. But it is college shopping, and I am enjoying every bit of it! We all want to look different, we all have different styles and personalities so therefore we all choose different looks for the first day. Mind you, it is very important, the first impression is the last impression. On the first day, we will meet our teachers and seniors and I hope it will be a memorable, happy experience.

Talking about seniors, the first thought that strikes me is ragging. I will attend an all girls’ college and according to my friends I need not worry because there will be no ragging. How unfair! I really want to have an interactive session with the seniors, to break the ice and also to know the campus better. After all, aren’t your seniors the key to getting notes a week before the exams?

Ishita Jindal
Modern School, Barakhamba Road

The never-ending, mind-boggling process of deciding from among a host of engineering colleges, not only from NCR, Pune, Bangalore and other parts of India, but also from the US and the UK is done (thankfully!). The acceptance letter from NIIT University (NU), Neemrana in my hand, and I am exhilarated. Having considered all possible pros and cons in great detail, for me, NU it is. Both, my parents and I have the satisfaction of having made it to a place with a modern outlook, an amazing faculty, industrial training, good facilities, and beautiful scenic campus.

After the initial excitement of ‘having made it’ settled down, the realisation that I would soon be leaving for college followed. The list of ‘things-to-do’ for preparing myself for hostel life in the hills is very long, but just nothing seems to kill the thrill of this adventure. There are books to get, shopping to be done and lots of arrangements to be made. But the hardest of it all will be parting with friends and this city. With time, I am sure I will adjust to a new life and make new friends. But the absence of what I’d be leaving behind is one I can already feel. With promises of always being together despite the distances, I’m moving ahead to the beginning of a new life. Instead of looking back, I’m looking forth, with the confidence that what will follow will compensate for what I’m leaving behind.

Zinnia Sharma
St Thomas’ School

The last week passed in the preparation for the big day. The definition of the preparation may vary for all of us. For some, it would mean getting a wardrobe change, for some — hours in the parlour.

For a few, it would simply mean being mentally prepared for the idea of going to a college. Not school, but college. Amidst all these petty preparations, I have had a strong sense of nostalgia due to everything that’s been changing around me. You might stay in touch with friends who would not be in Delhi (or even India) for the next few years, but it’s going to be different. Being able to call them and make a plan almost anytime will not happen again. One sure to wonder if the life ahead will compensate for all that we are leaving behind. I have to admit to being extremely insecure lately, which is unusual for me. Normally, change does not scare me, because I know it’s inevitable. However, lately the changes happening are far too big. Honestly, I don’t know how this is going to end which is causing me enough restlesness. My job here is done; all I can do now is sit back and watch where life leads us. It’s not going to be easy because we aren’t even remotely in control.

Diksha Jain
Springdales School, Pusa Road

All the fear, nervousness and depression that I had before I finally got the college and course of my choice has now converted into feelings of anxiety — the anxiety of reaching a new milestone, one that is going to redefine me. I, however, feel that I was engulfed by a similar feeling everytime it used to be my first day in a new class, although there is a vast difference in the depth of my feelings then and now.

Earlier, I used to make sure to stack up all my books and notebooks for the first day of a new class. Now, I find myself working on my wardrobe for the first day of college. While earlier, I wished to make an impression on my teachers on the first day itself, now I wish to interact with my classmates and make new friends. Also, when I travel a few years back in the time machine, I can see myself competing with a student who was a 95 percenter and another who was a 75 percenter. But now, I will be competing with a student who is a 95 percenter and another who is a 92 percenter.

However, I am all set to experience a life which I have seen only in movies till now, and I hope the next three years of my life are an enthralling ride for me!

Aditya Srivastava
Hansraj Model School, Punjabi Bagh

The academic session at the Delhi University is about to start, and students seem very excited about it. And why not? It will be the start of a whole new chapter in our lives, we’ll meet new people, make new friends, make few enemies and take our first step towards our future careers (about which we know very little). But the excitement is about the change that college life will bring about — new clothes, new cell phones, laptops, cars, bikes and whatnot. For most, the attempt will be to make the right fashion statements (all encompassing), to fit in and make ourselves look good amongst our peer group. For some, the time will be ripe to express their individualistic style and stand out from the crowd. But what I’m really excited about is the learning experience that is in store for us and the freedom that awaits us. How wonderful it will be to choose of our own free will, take decisions without consulting anyone and be responsible for them. I wait with eagerness for college to begin. It is too tempting to wait for. I am up to the challenge. What about you?

Rhiju Talukdar
St Columba’s School

There isn’t much happening, barely anything, to really talk about. I say this from a about-to-go-to-college perspective. Life’s almost dull and carefree at the moment, where Facebook and not reality is the true host of even remotely outrageous things.

If you ask me, it’s just a build-up to a whirlwind of activity — the lethargy can hold up only so long.

I have read articles about people’s first day at the Delhi University and the way they describe it, it’s like they’re talking about hobby conventions and not a university. I don’t think there are any studies on the first day. Good for us. I can’t say I’m having fits of stress thinking about the first day’s DU experience. But yes, I do let people talk without interruption when they share their expectations.

On the first day, there are supposed to be planting drives in some colleges, where the freshers and seniors are made to interact while planting trees together. Although not a bad idea, I would any day prefer the more orthodox methods of conversation initiation. As far as clothes go, I’ll wear whatever I see first in my wardrobe; I’m not the sort to keep up with latest trends in men’s fashion. Now, I’m sure this semi-condescending tone I’m using is bound to die without a fight on the very first day. So, wish me luck and best of luck to you too. Don’t overdress!

First Published: Jul 12, 2011 12:50 IST