In the beginning college seems like hell itself but as the end comes closer, it becomes quite a diffcult task to let go of the fun, memories and the experiences that one collects. Vaijayanthi Kari takes a look at college life
The worst are those days when you are almost done with school and don’t want to leave your friends. Going to college isn’t like what they show in the movies. Moving among strangers, seniors waiting to rag you, assign-ments, long and dreary bus rides and more. All in all when you actually start college, it doesn’t really seem like the best time of your life.
“I loved my school and did not want to leave it at all. When I joined college it was just plain scary! Girls were always so dressed up. If we ever bunked, a message was sent home. There was no playground. Only a basketball court cum parking. It was a herculean task for me to get myself out of bed every morning to go to college,” recalls Rachana, a final year student, Villa Marie College.
Everyone expects college to be better than school. Prathyush Reddy, a final year student at BITS says, “Life in BITS is different. We don’t have any regulation on attendance, no dress code, we have open gate system but academics are difficult. We had exams every now and then and most of my time went studying. I thought I would never have fun in college.”
If this is the case then why is it that everyone tells you that college days are the most liberal, carefree days of your life?
Akhila Bejju, a third year mass communication student at Villa Marie’s says, “At first, everything was very vague including my friends circle and my plans for the future. But somewhere down the line I started having fun. Be it eating at a roadside chinese fast food joint or sleeping in the last bench, bunking college and going for a movie or dancing my heart out in front of 400 people. Now that I think about all those times, I don’t want to let go of this life. And more than anything else I don’t want to let go of those people who lent me their shoulders to cry on, who gave me heart attacks one day before my exam and who told me ‘everything will be fine just give it some time’.”
“This song by the Beatles, sums up my college life, I get by with a little help from my friends – because I did. I wouldn’t have found all those ‘chilling spots’, ate at all the great food joints, watched the silliest of movies, got yelled at when it wasn’t my mistake if it were not for them,” adds Rachana.
It might not be the easiest, it might be boring or full of fun with too much time to waste and too many friends to keep a track of. It soon becomes the cherished chapters in the story of your life. And as diverse as the stories may be, this holds true for everyone’s college life.
By the time you finish college in Hyderabad, you would know:
- That the best midnight biryani is at Basher
- All chilling spots beside every lake (Durgam Cheruvu, Himayathsagar, Gandipet, Gachibowli)
- The price of hookah at every coffee shop
- How to evade cops if you are on a two wheeler on the Outer Ring Road (ORR)
- Which college fests are worth going to
- Students from at least 10 other colleges