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Looking forward to college

As Delhi University opens today, here’s a handy guide from our campus journalists on everything you can do when you join college — from downloading apps for homework, listening to gender sensitisation programmes on radio to doing social work.

education Updated: Jul 23, 2013 18:38 IST
Hindustan Times

Download the app

You don’t need to be too much into gadgets; all you need is a smart phone. Download Apps like Studious (it not only reminds you of important deadlines but automatically silences your phone during a lecture!); Schooltraq (an app that helps you to organise your homework and assignments), Handy-calc (a convenient substitute for a scientific calculator) and Pearson Book Store (helps you prep up for all kinds of exams with online tests and tutoring). Pen drives are a must too. Be it collecting pdf or doc files for notes, or preparing for a presentation, USB drives like the credit-card USB can be tucked away in your wallet. Keep a portable battery bank for your phone too

Turn on the radio

Established at School of Open Learning in 2007, this is a community radio station. The DUCR 90.4 is also available on the website of School of Open Learning, University of Delhi. DUCR 90.4 broadcasts student-centric community-based programmes dealing with issues such as health, hygiene, anti smoking, gender sensitisation and environment. Phone-in to join programmes with experts on health, education, stress management, interpersonal relationships between parents and children and examination stress. Other features include spreading awareness among the students about various careers,
career counselling, broadcasting programmes of colleges such as seminars, workshops, lectures, discussions, debates, and cultural functions. A must listen for a DU student

When on the go...

Start exploring commuting alternatives. The Metro is the most convenient followed by DTC buses. Instead of standing in long queues to buy a token, get yourself a Metro smart card or a bus pass. Apart from the regular coffee shops, college canteens, DU cafeteria, go find your own hangout area in the sparsely populated areas of Mehrauli. With numerous archeological sites and not too many people, it’s perfect to spend some time with nature there. Other places worth visiting include the Viceregal Lodge, Anthropology Department Museum, Botanical Garden, and Yamuna Biodiversity Park

Be a good samaritan

If you were one of those who cribbed about the favouritism or a biased attitude in school when it came to participation in activities etc, college is the time for you to compensate! Engage in communities, join clubs, participate, and devote time to socially useful and productive work. This way you will make friends. Join the society that interests you the most. You’ll leave behind an experience to be cherished forever. Don’t forget to read and contribute to DU Beat, the student-run paper. Bookmark the DU Facebook page and the DU website. Indulge in social work, join an NGO. It just adds up to your resume

Doing it the right way

The transition from school to college means that you will now have to mould yourself into a more mature and intelligent person. The days of a strict ‘7am to 2pm regime,’ where a time table was carefully pinned by the board monitors on bulletin boards are over. In college, you must maintain a planner and carefully list your to-dos, deadlines, class timings and other commitments for the day. Before stepping into college, make sure you are well-versed the typical DU jargon. Here are a few pointers: KNags (Kamla Nagar), fuchcha (fresher), Deb Soc (debating society) and D School (Delhi School of Economics). Be aware of the popular fests of the university such as Tarang, Mecca and Crossroads. It is Stephanians, Hansarians and Hinduites... get that right too

Paisa bachao

Save yourself an extra 10 bucks or so by carrying a bottle of water from your home. Our advice to all the commerce students is to start preparing those final accounts to save the money in your piggy bank. The non-commerce students too, should learn it right away. Be vigilant and watchful. Carry a pepper spray, and learn a few self-defence techniques. You really need a transformation of the mindset. Re-invent yourself.

First Published: Jul 23, 2013 13:39 IST