[Blog Submitted by Rajat Batra: Student of 1st year at Thapar University]
Going through quora feed to get to know more about the college which I was going to join- Thapar University, Patiala.
Mom- “Its good that you’ve decided to go to a decent college. Pack your bags and leave your mobile.”
The feeling that a person who hasn’t even gone on a school trip alone would live away from his home in a hostel.The feeling that now I’m free from the tensions that I was facing from the last two years. The feeling that now I would be away from the friendship and the comforts that I’d been provided by my family. These all things made me a bit nostalgic.
The first year is just going to finish. It’s been an amazing year so far. A year filled with enthusiasm, friendships, workshops, fun activities going around the clock and many more. Thapar University has changed it all for me. From being a person who was too apathetic to a person who now takes part in most of the workshops being organized in the campus. The hostel life has been pretty much great. Meeting and interacting with different kinds of people who’re in the hostel and in college have definitely boosted my confidence. I’m a part of Team Fateh. The amount of experience and knowledge which I’ve got from this society has been immense which would definitely help me in the coming years. The endless nights before the MSTs and ESTs, to enjoying playing mini-militia and Counterstrike with my roommates a week before the semester papers, getting caught for bunking classes to somehow completing 75% attendance criteria, the experience has been great and worth remembering. Now when I see myself I can see the difference which has happened with me over the last 10 months. Thapar University has changed it all for me.
Here’s some the advice which I would like to give to the upcoming batches-
- If possible (for boys) do consider hostel B/C in your first year. Trust me you would get enough amount of exposure and would make a lot of friends. You would experience the best of hostel life in these hostels.
- Participate- Your first duty would be to find yourself. Find what’re you good at. For every interest, there’s a society at Thapar. Join it and explore. This would definitely help in building up your confidence and nourishing your technical as well as your communication skills.
- Meet new people. Try to know their perspective on different things. Learn to tackle different types of people in your hostels. Remember, you’d not always meet good and sober people.
- You’ll be your own boss and will be on your own. Be careful here. Don’t go flying off the end of the pier. Enjoy your newfound freedom and remember that with freedom comes responsibility.
- Always keep your parents on a speed dial. If you’re not in the same city talk with them every day, Discuss with them about what’s happening and never lie to them.
Try to be yourself and make lifelong friends. College is not only about learning but it’s also about growing socially. You’re embarking on a very exciting part of your life. It can be difficult sometimes but these moments would be best and worth remembering.
Article by Rajat Batra: Student of 1st Year @ Thapar University (Class of 2021)
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