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The mountains: my new home

Away from the madding crowds, with its fabulous location, St Bede’s in Shimla has a very happy (and chilled out) student called Michelle.

education Updated: Jul 09, 2013 15:33 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times

What were your reasons for choosing St Bede’s College?

I applied at Delhi University but did not make the cut. Bede’s is a brand of its own. The teachers here are great and they encourage us to excel in our own streams, be it dance, sports or academics. Being a nature lover, I always enjoy being in the midst of greenery. Located in the lap of nature, the campus provides a peaceful environment to study.

Why did you opt for this course?
I had always wanted pursue BCom and I had heard that St Bede’s College offered the best educational course in BCom. It is one of the most reputed colleges of Himachal Pradesh University. The college keeps me in the midst of the ever beautiful Shimla mountains!

How has your experience been studying there?
The teachers here are very experienced. It’s a pleasure studying here with such amazing teachers. They put in complete efforts to make each and every child understand the course and go the extra mile for their students.

They conduct tests and give us assignments regularly to make sure that every student has understood the course/syllabus well. Life in Shimla is amazing...I simply love it.
It has its own magic and in its own way attracts people. Everyone is super friendly here! It may be tough to adjust with the cool weather initially.

What do you have to say about campus life?
The college is a new experience of its own. After stepping out of the caring and loving hands of our teachers in school, we are expected to make a new identity on our own in a totally new area and, in my case and that of several others, a totally new city.

St Bede’s made this task very easy for us. Life on this campus is no less than heaven. We have a basketball court where we play every evening.

The college is also always buzzing with life. From cultural events to sports meets to educational seminars... some days it feels like we don’t have enough time to be everywhere!

The college cafeteria is a favourite hangout for everyone. Events such as the college fest, Serendipity and freshers’ night are celebrated with great

A few things you love about this city...
The Mall Road: It is the best place where you can hang out with friends.

The Bee-Kays: It’s the best shop in the mall. I love to indulge in the junk food offered here with my friends... from chicken steak burger, pizza to ice
tea and momos, we love them all!

The peaceful environment is another thing which I love here. The cool breeze and the ­environment makes you feel as if you are in paradise.

Indian Institute of Advance Studies: It occupies the ­Observatory Hill. You should visit this place when you are here.

Snowfall: It’s the best thing about Shimla. Last year, I had experienced snowfall for the first time in my life and it was like heaven. The campus was pure white, all covered with snow

5 things one must do when in the city

* Visit Jakhoo Temple: It is situated on Jakhoo Hill. It offers a panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges
* Visit the church on the Ridge: Christ Church on the Ridge is said to be among the oldest churches in this part of the country. It’s an architectural marvel
* Have coffee and aloo parantha at Pappi Ka Dhaba
* Go for ice skating: It is an out-of-the-world experience going for ice skating in snow. For first timers, it is truly amazing
* Have momos, ‘kurkez,’ and brownies at Krishna Bakers. It is a famous bakery store and one must try the different food items available here

First Published: Jul 09, 2013 15:28 IST