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'DU cut-offs have broken more hearts than unrequited teen romances'

College days Nobody can forget the butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling on the first day of college, the societies one was actively involved in, the friendships made and the classes one bunked

education Updated: Jun 25, 2015 13:45 IST
Danish Girdhar
Danish Girdhar
Hindustan Times
Miranda House,SRCC,BCom

“More hearts have been broken due to DU cut-offs as opposed to much-hyped unrequited teenage romances,” says Sania Heba, a physics (honours student at Miranda House.

Your first day at college is just the beginning of an unknown future. But, what stands between you and your dream college are the high cut-offs, she says.

As Roshni Suri, a student of visual communication at College of Art says, “That feeling was something I can never explain and never forget. I packed my bags, bid Amritsar goodbye and came to Delhi.”While getting into the right college is important, one must not forget the fact that whichever college of DU you are in, it is not about the placements, it is not about the grades, it is about your journey, it is about your experiences, it is about who you were and how you have transformed into a person,” says Roshima Jatav, a BCom honours (Commerce) student. at SRCC.

Roshni Suri

‘Anyone can fall in love with College of Art’

How did I end up in College of Art? The answer is pretty unexpected. After preparing for medical for two long years, fighting with physics formulas and dealing with chemical equations, I realised arts is what I want to do because it has always been my passion and something I had put my heart and soul in.

I was not at all prepared to take the entrance test. But ,when I reached college I was sure that this was where I belonged. It took exactly seven days for the results to be declared. I was enthusiastic about getting into college, knowing fully well that there were only 20 seats available in the visual communication course that I had opted for.

Medicine was relegated to history and College ofArt was my future.

My father was not expecting me to get a seat, especially since he knew that I had not prepared for the entrance. But, happily, when the results came in I had sailed through.

College of Art is surely the coolest college in this country. The atmosphere, the ambience, the campus, the people, the faculty — everything is amazing.You get to meet different people at all times.

The college offers six specialisations — applied arts, sculpture, painting. art history, visual communication and print making.

People do graffiti, make murals, movies, short films and do anything and everything. “Gym ke neeche” is the favourite hangout spot where people hang out, discuss ideas, play football and just have the best time of their lives.

It’s easy for any student to fall completely in love with this college. Students love studying and being creative over here. After completing the best four years of my life, I’m at a stage when I will be introduced to career options like advertising, design,
animation, film making and art direction.

Sania Heba

A melting pot for the energetic and talented

It was a Wednesday morning. I woke up to see a newspaper full of percentages and especially the number 9; a whole lot of 9s, actually. To my sleep-deprived brain it looked like my account had been hacked. It was only after I was adequately caffeinated, that I was able to make some sense of these strings of numbers. It was not long before I realised that the reason for all the clutter in my mind were the college cut-offs... More specifically, St Stephens’ cut-offs, which were as always, mind-numbing.

Undeterred by the crowds and the brouhaha of the FYUP fiasco, I finally completed the admission process. It was at that time that I found myself one fine day standing in front of Miranda House, a bit dazed, slightly skeptical, but ready to take on the world.

Two years on, I can safely say, University of Delhi was the right choice and Miranda House, the right decision.

In these two years, I have been involved in a range of things such as debating, creative writing, even though my major is physics. That’s the best thing about this place. It doesn’t matter if you are studying physics or philosophy. If you have the talent, Miranda House has a place for you.

Inside as well as outside the classrooms, you’ll find the most amazing mix of people, coming from different corners of the country and some from outside as well.

It offers a vibrant and energetic environment, you get to interact with people from all over, with different ideas and voices.

Studying here broadens your mind in ways you wouldn’t have thought existed.The conversations I have had with my friends from humanities are some of the most memorable. The discussions I have had with my friends and classmates were simply amazing.

If I were to look back, I can confidently say that Delhi University in general and Miranda House in particular strike the right balance between intellectual pursuits and fun.

Also, it’s in the college cafeteria that conversations range from Rosetta’s Lander to the latest Game of Thrones episodes. There’s surely never a dull moment in my wonderful college.

Roshima Jatav

Best friends forever

SRCC — a College which I dreamt of and finally made it to in the year 2013. Like any other kid, I was excited about college life in Delhi University. This university is everything that a school student after finishing his Class 12 can think of — fun, happiness, and fests. My college defines diversity — it has people from Jammu and Kashmir in the north to Kanyakumari in the south, from Gujarat in the west to Assam in the east. When I entered college, I was as curious as a five-year-old kid unable to decide which candy to buy.

SRCC has a variety of societies — societies which cater to the environment, the society in general, politics, technology as well as human developmental needs.
Qualifying through the final round of dramatics society was a big achievement for me. I even got into Panache — the dance society of SRCC. I wanted to get into as many societies as I could. This helped me know myself, identify myself.

Getting into a single society at a time was much better than trying to fit into five. Working at a youth conference as an organiser was what I finally did.It was a major event in which many renowned personalities shared their success stories. I also worked in the creative wing of the English literary society, keeping my passion for drawing and sketching alive. By the end of my first year, I had become a more confident person with enhanced communication skills. I learnt the spirit of team work.

College life is incomplete without DU elections. People who never had any interest in politics themselves become a part of it. One cannot forget DU’s attractions — Hudson Lane, Taj Cafe Coffee Day, Tom Uncle’s Maggi, Virgin Tree of Hindu College. These places are the cherries on top of the icing.

Last but not the least, besides the fun I had at the festivals, the events I took part in, the class lectures I bunked and the sleepless nights I spent before most of my exams, the singlemost important thing that I will cherish each time I reflect at my college days, is my friendship with my study buddies.

Without my friends, those lectures would have never been so entertaining, the fests would have never been so exciting and I would have never have become what I am right now.

Coordinated by Danish Girdhar

First Published: Jun 24, 2015 13:34 IST