The First Year Of College: The Foundation Stone
– Divyansh Pandey
The importance of the first year of college cannot be emphasised enough. Finally, after years of the industrial school routine you are on the threshold of an actual land of opportunities. If you are able to grasp the significance of this new period then the world is yours for the taking; fail to do so and the Auditorium door might end up having a better time than you.
1) Time to Apply Yourself (Liberation + Interests): The freedom whose stories you used to hear finally arrives. Though it is not as legendary as proclaimed, it also not entirely fictional. The first year specifically provides you with the time to spread your feelers in multiple directions and find the perfect mould that suits your persona.
2) Exploring the Campus: One of the best things about the fresher year is the plethora of time at your disposal. And one of the best ways to spend that time is to explore your college, its surroundings and find out the best eating joints, the cheapest book shops or simply a hangout spot free from the mindless chatter to do, well, more mindless chatter.
3) Cultivating Relationships: Not only the romantic ones, whose importance is universally known, but other platonic ones as well which would turn out to be extremely helpful and can only be properly forged in the first year. A college is collage of amazing and diverse personalities, many of whom would be your seniors. They are always a great help; whether it be any sort of general advice or some obvious trick you have remained oblivious of, the bigger versions of yourselves will help you out. If you’re lucky, you might even create a rapport with the indifferent-seeming yet caring professors. And if the fortune gods are feeling overtly generous, you may end up being the best of pals with the ‘jugaadu’ people on the campus (the watchmen, Xerox shopkeepers, etc.).
4) The Society Experience: The number of societies that you may get to choose from are enough to make your head spin. Learn to play to your interest and do not fail to factor in your ability to juggle societal work and academics. Every society is a little family and the sheer experience of being a part of one would be worth cherishing for a long time. Also, since most societies only recruit in the first year, the significance of being a member of a society increases manifold.
5) Fests Galore: If Spiderman had been a fresher, he would have said, “With many societies come many fests.” It would have been true too. Come the second year, you might be too busy organising these fests. It is the first year where you get to enjoy them. A bit of responsibility with organising does exist but even that is quite enjoyable.
6) Love the Course: It is common knowledge that not everyone gets the course of their choosing. Those who do, wonderful; those who don’t, there is no cause to lose your sleep. Every course has its merits and demerits. One must begin to take some interest in the course chosen and the course will begin to love you back. This should be accomplished in the first year though, for the second year is almost always heavy on academics and might run past you faster than you realise. Marks can’t change your life, granted, but ignoring their importance is not a folly to be fallen prey to.
Everyone realises the importance of the first year, sooner or later. Some lucky ones stumble upon articles such as this and sail through while some figure it out halfway in the first semester. Finally, some have to succumb to being best friends with the Auditorium door and beg it to spill the secrets. And the Auditorium door can be hard to crack (pun unintended).
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