Describing the feeling of a new beginning is almost as hard as the act in itself. A myriad of emotions dwell up in a person’s mind ranging from fear and nervousness to excitement and vigor. One tends to get overwhelmed but the best way to deal with such situations is just to keep in mind that endings and beginnings are a part of the great circle of life, and to trust the magic of new beginnings.
The transition from school to college (that too in a different city) is known to be a difficult adjustment for most. By far the biggest of the transitionis the realization that now you, a college freshman, are suddenly personally responsible for your own successes and failures. The biggest operational way to manage this transition is to develop good time management skills. Time management doesn’t mean becoming digitally addicted to your calendar; it just means having a strategy and working through it. It takes time to reach a balance, and even though my first year has passed- I’m still figuring out mine.
Different people have different ways of reacting to situations, but in the end- we all find ourselves along the way. On the first day of college, I felt lost. Then I made my first friend. She was sitting behind me and I heard her telling someone that she was from Delhi. I turned back and told her I’m from Delhi too, and we just hit it off from there. Then things slowly started to fall in place. I discovered a dedicated faculty, thoughtful seniors, supportive batchmates – some of whom became adorable friends and a compact campus where almost all our needs can be fulfilled. I found the things I want to pursue in the college such as debates, MUNs and sports. I perfected the art of washing and ironing my own clothes (my most proud achievement as of yet). I still do miss my family, I think we all do. But I have found a home away from home.
If you’re a student feeling uncertain about your college experience, or a high schooler headed to college this fall, here’s some advice. It might take a bit time to find your footing on campus. The environment will feel unfamiliar, and you likely won’t have your friends and family around you to make life comfortable. Even teachers won’t guide you the way high school teachers do; you’ll be solely responsible for your academics. But if you’re patient with yourself, and branch out to try to new things and find people who share your interests, you’ll eventually find your niche. And once you do, college will be a fun and growing experience.
This post was written by Samridhi Seth (II year).