The College Experience..
One of the most learning phase that any teen goes through is college. Free from the basic boundaries that hamper us in the school, the teen goes through a self exploratory passage. In many ways, your college experience is the real motivator between how you will end up spending your life, you learn the values of friendship, of self dependence, of team work, so many things, that it ends up as an all over learning experience.
No matter which course you choose, it sums up what you will face for the years that you stay in college: friendships, betrayals, relationships, trust, lies, fights and if you are a lucky soul, tryst with the destiny! Just as we enter the college, initially excited about the future prospects ahead, guided by testosterone, we immediately start finding a comfort zone, the guys and girls who have been popular in school will vie for the same in college or at least that class, for the self confidence that simmers through them to achieve the same again, then there will be people who have stayed silent all their school life but insist on finding just as many friends in college as possible in an effort to make up for the lost time in school, then there are some who might be coming from a different place altogether, a new beginning making them absorb just as much as possible with a shy persona, and finally those who come with the aim to score big, in a bid to get that big prospect the seniors talk about.
It seems as if world has suddenly become bigger, with the influx of so many people at once. And where there are so many people, there will be different theories, those from big cities will group and those from smaller towns will group, both sides wary of each other’s presence looking for comfort within those similar.
The years in college will be the time where you will try to do everything that you have once yearned for, for you stay away from home for quite a long time and that patronising teacher isn’t there as well, since in college no one actually cares if you study, or you don’t. That’s the beauty of it, if you can handle so much independence, the transition isn’t rough for you, but there are quite a few cases each year who over indulge in all the freedom they get and in overindulgence, forget the reasons they came for.
It may be possible that in those few years, you will see lots of first for yourself and many other things, first puff of the cigarette you always said you’d stay away from, the alcohol you may have wanted to try, the high you wanted to experience, first fight, losing your virginity, you see and do so many firsts, that one day down the lane, when you are thinking about it, you realise, that the person who you were when you took admission in the college, is someone whom you left long back ago, that person is an enigma, you may even joke to yourself that you became exactly what you once despised, for that is how the college works. It gives us the experiences and so many memories associated with it, that more often than not, we end up going with the flow of things, too unaware of what your plans were.
But all these serve a function, these experiences whether good, or bad give you the experience and a thought process on how to deal with any such moment later on, in fact, the best part of college is that more than classrooms, you learn outside those classrooms, you learn the art of how-to-people, and that is the only thing that will carry you forward, good grades can only take you to the waiting area of that job you coveted, but to achieve it, you need to know how to deal with people, something only experience teaches us. For no matter how many lectures you attend, your most vivid experiences will be only of those days when you were hanging out with your friends, or that special someone. These will be the only memories that you will carry with yourself ten years, the moments you will cherish and hold forever about your days.
When you get nostalgic, and you end up going down the memory lane, just remember, those were the days, and that was the college experience!