Two Years of College!
Two things I learned from 2 years of college is to ‘adapt and change’. The idea of college has changed me as a person, especially with passing out from an alternative school, I didn’t quite fit in like a sticky jigsaw puzzle. I was more like a deformed piece unable to complete the puzzle.
Two years ago on the same day, crushing my dreams of going to a med school, I stepped into day one of college. I was annoyed and initially decided to try a course for one year, and I promised myself I would retry NEET the following year. But as every stranger became points of distraction, I dropped the idea of med school and began to be ignorant. And then I realized how privileged one is to go to college because not everybody has the chance. So I am happy that I am using my opportunity to learn and grow.
I was fascinated by the maximal use of the blackboard at college. It was the only identity of a classroom. The board is essentially the wall of the classroom building, painting in black. I remember a conversation in between class, about how a friend told me she watched people coat the wall with black paint and would strip off the tape on the rectangular edges. It was nice to stare at the blackboard, to fill it with anything your mind convinces you of, and then the teacher would rub it off instantly. The tallest and rather brightest student would write the date and day of the week on the top left corner, the number of students present, class tutor and the course would be written on the top right corner. And then the headline, written in most fancy handwriting would display a quote stolen from the internet. Sometimes, it was exceptional to wish the birthday girl/boy or just simply the subject title.
Then when the recess time approached the verandah would be filled with laughter and gossip sessions in groups. The building is built in a ‘u’ shape from the bird’s eye view. This means there are three sides of the verandah connected, in three-story, and plenty of expressions to gaze at from a fifteen-minute break. It will evoke a certain level of insecurity to be standing alone when people are busy trampling up and down the stairs, however, I used to enjoy sitting alone and watch people do their work.
The lunch sessions were really intense in terms of non-literary discussions(which is OK by the way). I had never eaten from lunch boxes since grade 4 and so it was a bit awkward but not anymore.
The best part about college is that you officially celebrated most of the state or national festivals. This means that one will have to buy special, only-one-time-party-wear yet traditional clothes. You will have the guests walk down the aisle while the anchor announces their names through mics and everything is loud as you expect. And oh, a little dab of lipstick is fine by the way, only on such occasions!
Uniforms! This was a big deal to me, I had said goodbye to them in grade 4. I was partly excited to be wearing a uniform to college and it too felt weird and awkward. But I don’t have a choice!
Then there are Exams! It is an inexplicable feeling when you have a lot to study, but you have been putting it off for the last minute. And it might as well be understated if I say, I learn from one or even two such experiences. I do it again and again. Then there is a rush of guilt when one receives the question paper and realizes that they should have studied. I remember during the lockdown, I had more than 140 days of freedom and I never touched my textbook and so I forced myself to read a 140-page textbook in one day when I could have easily read one page a day and it would be over without the stress. So, don’t procrastinate.
College is the place where you meet a lot of different people with different opinions. You will receive snarky comments now and then but ignore them. It’s not always possible to agree with them but the listening part we all can do. The college will be challenging and everything you unexpected. At the beginning of my first semester, my teacher told me that college-life isn’t what you have seen in the cinema. And I have to agree. College surely is the place to experiment with all of your talents and figure out where your next destination should be. You will learn to be more responsible and independent. You will become more mature to voice your beliefs and opinions. So the hard part is to stay motivated and Don’t Ever Give Up!