2 years ago, I came to Delhi to seek admission in Delhi University. I wanted to go to Stephens, I’d been dreaming about it since forever, I won’t go into details, but I didn’t make it. After wasting a needless amount of energy I finally took admission in Miranda House. It wasn’t my first choice, and in fact it wasn’t even on my list of colleges I wanted to go to, not that I had anything against the college, just the idea of an all girls college hadn’t appealed to me.
I won’t lie and tell you that it was the best decision I made, but today when I look back at it, it wasn’t the worst one I’ve made either. It was hard initially, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. For a girl who’s lived 14 years of her life in Bangalore, Delhi can be a tough city to adjust to. Making the transition from Simon and Garfunkel to Honey Singh has not been an easy one.
But today, I’m a much better person for having stepped outside my comfort zone. Every mistake I’ve made has been a stepping stone and given me the confidence to deal with any situation that I might find myself in.
Today looking at all the hullabaloo surrounding admission in DU, I know a lot of students are disappointed about not making it into a college of their choice. But sometimes unexpected things can be a good thing. Maybe you’ll find out things about yourself that you never knew. Maybe you’ll find the best friends of your life, maybe you won’t. You’ll definitely make a lot of mistakes. You’ll cry about wanting to go back to school, you might even hate life sometimes. But guess what, you’ll get over it. Life moves on and its definitely not the end of the world. But whatever you say, college can be an eye-opening experience, and it really doesn’t matter which college.
These 3 (4 now) years are for falling down and getting back up. Make mistakes, experiment, make friends with the shy girl in the corner who you think is reading her book but is actually dying to talk to someone. Make sure you bunk classes because most of what you remember about college isn’t going to be the stuff you can be taught in a classroom. Being successful isn’t about graduating from XYZ college, sure its a plus, but it isn’t the only thing. Build contacts, do internships, meet people, a lot of people. And at the end of the day just be happy. Life has a lot more in store for you, and this is just one of the many lessons you’re going to learn.