College life is full of ups and downs. Despite that, it is one of the best times of a person’s life. My experience is no different.
With my college life in DU coming to an end, I’ve been thinking about the last three years and what they taught me.
I started with hating my college (since it was an all girls’ and everyone around me seemed to be an overachiever), but it was only later that I realised that it wasn’t all that bad.
Here are my takeaways from three years in DU:
1. Plan ahead
Three years of college might seem like a long time, but that time goes by in the blink of an eye. You might think that you have all the time in the world to plan out what you want to do with your life post-college, but in the end, you’ll realise that last-minute decisions don’t cut it.
DU offers a range of courses barring engineering and medicine. This is what makes it a highly diverse and inclusive institution, with people of varying interests. Planning out life after college can be a task, but it needs to be catered to within a stipulated time frame nonetheless.
Whether it’s doing a Masters or sitting for placements, getting a job, doing an MBA or simply taking a gap year, all of it needs to be well thought out.
Preparations, filling out forms, planning your gap year and sitting for placements need to be done beforehand. Confusion is part of the process, but you will find your way as you move forward.
Dumping these life decisions in the last semester of college will only add to the confusion, chaos and emotional vulnerability.
2. Make the most of the three years
The one thing that I learnt in my three years of college, is that you need to make the most of it. Whether it’s pursuing your talents or taking an additional course, attending fests, immersing yourself in your course or simply eating out at new joints and restaurants.
This is undoubtedly one of the best phases of your life. You will learn something every day, inside and outside the classroom. For people who come from other parts of the country, the DU experience has a lot to offer.
As a student, you get to go out and explore the city, meet new people, find your place in the said colleges. DU is Pandora’s box when it comes to opportunities. Take what you get and have no regrets.
3. Get out of your comfort zone
There will come a time, sometime in your three years of college, where you feel like you might not be good enough for something. There will also come a time, where you will realise that you can do things that you never thought you could!
My college disappointed me in more ways than one, but it also gave me something that I didn’t know I could do. It rejected me for my Bharatnatyam skills but embraced me for my writing.
College is a space, where you have to get out of your comfort zone. People around you might feel like they’re overachievers, but that is far from it. You can do everything they can.
Opening yourself up to risks, learning from your mistakes and never ceasing to take an opportunity, is what college life should be all about. You’ll uncover talents and interests that you never knew you had!
Whether it’s auditioning for a society, standing up for an electoral position, sitting for that placement/internship opportunity you need to go for it. It will only end in growth and learning.
4. Everyone’s in the same boat
DU feels like a rut. With sky-high scores, people with strong extracurriculars and an overall vibe of fear. However, soon you will realise that the fear will subside.
The key to college is, that you never compare yourself to anyone. People have varying interests and talents. Some might be good at art or quizzing or sports or dramatics and others might be good at writing, public speaking and organising events. No one is going to be good at everything.
It is completely normal for people to have anxieties and doubts about themselves, but you have to realise that you’re not the only one having doubts. Everyone around you is having them.
At the end of the day, it’s a journey that we all take together.
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