Exploring the city to join drama or cricket clubs: First-year students share plans as universities open after two years

It is after two long years of pandemic that full classes will begin in universities. Most of these students have attended classes 11 and 12 online. First graders say indianexpress.com how they adapt to their new university life, what they know about the hostels and, apart from academics, what they plan to do.

Sadhika Singh- IIT Hyderabad

First Year College Students, IIT Hyderabad, IIT BHU, NIT Silchar, Delhi University, Zakir Hussain College, Shivaji College, College Admissions, DU, NIT, IIT Always wanted to study mechanical engineering-Sadhika Singh from IIT Hyderabad

I decided a long time ago that I wanted to study Mechanical Engineering (ME), but getting to study my chosen course at an IIT is more than I expected. There is so much to explore and learn, which makes me nervous and excited at the same time. I intend to apply for student exchange programs and pursue a master’s degree from abroad. Many people want to switch to CS from ME but I wanted to study basic mechanics. I also want to join the car club and be in the F1 team.

In our class, the gender ratio is quite poor as there are 48 boys and 12 girls. Our elders have told us that the ratio has improved due to the reservation of girls.

The campus is serene, but since IIT-Hyderabad is relatively new, the buildings are still under construction. Most of the students are from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and converse in Telugu. I was nervous at first because I haven’t been to school at all in the past two years and I’m a bit skeptical about my communication skills. But, it’s the same for everyone, so we all have one thing in common.

Here we have a common canteen for all students, undergrad, masters, phd all, it’s not something you find in other IITs.

Kshitij Sharma- IIT BHU

College Going Students, First Year College Students, IIT Hyderabad, IIT BHU, NIT Silchar, Delhi University, Zakir Hussain College, Shivaji College, College Admissions, DU, NIT, IIT I want to join music and chess club and they also help me to relax – Kshitij from IIT BHU

I’m excited to go to college. Since I missed attending school for two years, I was praying to God that the pandemic would not affect my higher education. Although the fear of COVID-19 still lingers, I am glad that we are attending physical classes. It’s my first time staying away from home, but I’m sure I’ll make friends here.

I really want to join clubs in college. I play the piano so I will join the music club. The chess club is also interesting. I also plan to explore the ghats in Benaras. My elders have suggested some good places to eat. I am sure that after four years I will have acquired new skills and learned more about life.

Adnan-Zakir Hussain College, University of Delhi

College Going Students, First Year College Students, IIT Hyderabad, IIT BHU, NIT Silchar, Delhi University, Zakir Hussain College, Shivaji College, College Admissions, DU, NIT, IIT I am excited because DU will give me great exposure and I will be able to learn many things: Adnan

Delhi University was my dream and to see it come is very exciting. I have Economics+ HR Management in Zakir Hussain College in second seat allotment list

I want to experience it all: hanging out with friends, exploring the city, college romance, living on my own, learning life skills, everything. Being from Lucknow, this is the first time I will be staying away from home in a big city. One of the reasons for choosing DU over other universities was my love for dramas. I intend to join theater because I like acting and script. I have heard that great artists have disappeared from DU.

Siddharth Singh Rajput- Shivaji College, University of Delhi

College Going Students, First Year College Students, IIT Hyderabad, IIT BHU, NIT Silchar, Delhi University, Zakir Hussain College, Shivaji College, College Admissions, DU, NIT, IIT I have always wanted to study History and DU is icing on the cake – Siddharth Raj

I was worried if the classes will be offline or online. A seat in a Delhi University college has been a dream and I worked hard to get it. I am happy that I got the course I wanted (History). I’m a little nervous and hope there are no problems like rags. Other than that I plan to join the cricket club.

Garvit Khare- NIGHT Silchar

College Going Students, First Year College Students, IIT Hyderabad, IIT BHU, NIT Silchar, Delhi University, Zakir Hussain College, Shivaji College, College Admissions, DU, NIT, IIT I chose my desired in a good college that runs behind the tag IIT – Garvit Khare

It feels good to be selected in such a prestigious institute. I have taken a seat in BTech in electronics and communication. I got a seat in IITs but chose NIT because I preferred the course in college. I am also interested in literature and coding.

I am a bit nervous as after a long time we will go to class. Although the classes will start from November 11, I arrived early to stay in the hostel. Although I have already started missing home, especially food, but I am glad that few of my friends are also joining the same college.

Shipra Gautam- Miranda House, University of Delhi

College Going Students, First Year College Students, IIT Hyderabad, IIT BHU, NIT Silchar, Delhi University, Zakir Hussain College, Shivaji College, College Admissions, DU, NIT, IIT I intend to study abroad in the future and my aim is to become an IAS officer – Shipra Gautam

The first day of college was nice. We attended department and college orientation where we were introduced to our principal and other faculty members. We had a great welcome at the university and the teaching staff were warm and helpful. Miranda’s heritage building has an old-world charm, especially the stone-walled balconies and wide corridors. The university campus is beautiful and aesthetically pleasing.

Being away from home for the first time, I’m a little apprehensive about how I’ll manage in a big city like this. But I’m sure I’ll grow here as an individual. My aim is to become an IAS officer and I also plan to do my masters from abroad. I have a lot to say about college festivals and Miranda House has one of the best on campus. I plan to join the dance club and participate.

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