This blog is for first year college students. There is always a dilemma and students suffer the most in initial semester. Hence, I made is blog not for Losers who want to enjoy, but aspiring dreamers.
You are young and full of energy, don’t let your stupid decisons and priorities in college change that.
I’ve been to a lot of colleges – Engineering, arts and science, medicine, architecture, etc. Everywhere the induction happens so grand with HOD, Professors and sometimes Principal addressing with warmth.
But, don’t get carried away by friendliness.
Everywhere in the world, there is hierarchy. That’s the reason who USSR collapsed was denying it, because hierarchy helps in maintaining order and discipline. But Hierarchy in college sometimes lead to pedagogical politics, I.e. partiality, prejudice, categorizing, etc.So, the First advice is
“Don’t dare to break lines”.
When you speak with anyone, say even seniors or peons, stand three feet away, address politely, yet BOLDLY.
Your respect for order should not be mistaken for submission or obedience.
College is your Second chance. Whatever you didn’t do that made you useless, do them now! Start Fresh! Start New!
Stay mysterious. The more calm you are, the more time you get to see things. The more properly you see, the better you analyse. Don’t randomly speak with everyone. Use One word substitutes whenever you are asked to introduce yourself. Maintain proper postures. Because every little sign you display in the real outside world, delivers a meaning and contributes to judgement of your character. You might not give a damn about it, but when you need something, it won’t be given.
It prevails everywhere and unlike schools, colleges keep you under observations. A moment of wrong doing can cost you your college life. Sometimes, Your basic amenities won’t be proper, say ventilation or water or LAVATORY.
People will be intrigued to go on a strike, but don’t rebel with masses. Follow the order, take your complaints to people in the next step above you (they know what problems will happen) and from there to your tutor and then to HOD and then to Office. This is how the system works. Don’t act too smart.
Social structure and people:
This is the most important step where everyone fails. “Never judge anyone”.
Once you’re out of schools, you’ll get into actual world. You’ll see invisible subjugation. It could be from people who are of higher caste or from Capitalist’s children or from political persona. It is so invisible that you can only feel the negativity and something is absolutely wrong. This is inevitable.
Whatever your ideology is, don’t make it clear for others. Say, if you are a Periyarist, and you make it clear for everyone, and if your professors are casteist, you’ll feel miserable by how you’ll be treated. (Again, not all, some orthodox people.)
Don’t get those into your system. You can explore about it through books of Marx, Engels, Ambedkar, but don’t let it affect you.
This is probably the most important step to be better than any. Be a pet of professors. For this, you shouldn’t lay traps or be a slave for them, but you have to challenge them on an intellectual level with politeness.
Go Sit in the first bench or wherever you can communicate with them directly. Talk to them. The more you interact with your professors, the more you know things.
Your seniors or friends will make fun of them. Keep away from such people.
To get to a position of teaching, They must know something better than you. Respect that. Check their profile in college website and admit you know a very little than them.
This might be sanskritized term, meaning to worship teachers, but only if you revere their knowledge (not the individual, because many times as a person their perception and ideas are wrong), you can learn stuffs.
This is where reading those will help. Choosing right people. Conscious acts in a way that you won’t be conscious about it. Before you know you’re in wrong path, your wrong companions would’ve taken over you.
This might be very childish. But Choosing right people around you decides the game. Friends are like auctioned players, the wiser your choices, the easy you win. You need both on Earth people and Aspirers, to find both in Same person is your luck.
Choose people, love or crush or friends, who are a step ahead of you, who make you feel insecure and feel afraid of where you stand and intimidate you with their understanding of the world. You, to get along with them, will have to work harder.
Majority Film and Media portrays toppers as some lame persona who don’t know anything else. Honestly, toppers work harder without parties or disturbing factors. They understand the fact that in 3-5 years, they will have to get independent and make money and gain a social position for themselves. They don’t rely on reasons and excuses which every unemployed use for not getting a job or position.
So, make friends with toppers. BE A TOPPER.
Being a topper isn’t about grades and classes. It’s about your extensive learning and updates about your field of study.
You should find proper seniors whom your professors refer to. With them, attend seminars and coferences. Still, don’t associate yourself with anyone or anything. Keep your informations a secret. Dont be an open book.
You know what ruins our generation? Wrong mindset! Plan your college life properly, start making progressive friends outside your college, share syllabus, because more than real friends, virtual friends help the most without wanting for anything in return. Connect with a lot of people over proper platforms.
Be proud of your course! You may do any course, willingly or unwillingly. But once you’re into something, start exploring them. Don’t be one of the masses. Try to master whatever you study. Never hate your education, not everyone gets it.
Don’t be too helpful, you’ll be used. You’re not sent to college to reform people. Study and get lost.
Again, this blog is for pupils who are stepping inside college. You can learn by yourself, but it will be too late, really late.
So try to buy what I’m selling, and help your fellow human out too.