Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Encountering the transition from home to hostel

         Every student needs to be in a hostel for at least once in his life.In olden India,entire education used to be provided in 'Gurukulams',where a student needed to be away from his parents,be they kings or paupers,and attained knowledge while serving his Guru.He would live there austerely and all the students were treated uniformly.
         One's student life never becomes accomplished if there was no hostel life.Hostel life increases the strength of wings of an individual many folds,by improving qualities like self confidence,self defence,adroitness etc.
         Generally,there exist two types of situations.The first in which hostel life is better than home life and the second in which home life is better than hostel life.In general,the second situation is more common.However,owing to social and environmental conditions,which also play a significant role,anything may be fairly possible.
         For students who fear hostel life,the following tools may be of some help.

  1. Develop good communication skills.When away from home,these play a vital role.We can be as whatever we wish when at home but the same does not hold good when in a different realm.Showing courtesy to elders,being friendly to other students,etc.will create a good impression of you in others and that in turn will make you feel at home.
  2. Be strong at will.There will definitely be some adverse circumstances in a new place.In such situations,high will power helps to overcome any problem.
  3. Overcome fear.Do not forget that the people new to you are also humans like you and are not deadly beasts or monsters.It is as simple as this,"The more you fear,the more you are feared."
  4. Try to imbibe gregariousness.This may not be possible for those people who are introverted by nature.However,it is better to mix up with others as freely as possible and avoid unnecessary tensions.
  5. Keep a vigilant eye.There will also be some unwanted and sinister forces which will try to disrupt and perish you.You must know who is benevolent and who is malevolent.Be far away from the malignant.
  6. Be dedicated to studies.This is for people who are very extroverted and over gregarious.You should not forget that your primary purpose is studies and thus attaining a fruitful career.It is this fruitful career that you and your parents are awaiting most.You should never cross your limits as that may be lethal to you and your family.

         In the present day competition,withstanding nostalgia has also become a part of struggle for existence.Though communication through mobile phone or email may not be able to exchange that much love and affection as through letters,it is definitely an easy way to suppress nostalgia
        All the qualities indicated above will automatically be inculcated by a witty and wise student.Nevertheless,this passage may prove useful to some students.
        Finally,I would like to wish every student travelling hostel from home that he would enjoy every bit of his hostel life,ie.his 'second life'.
        This Sanskrit sloka can be correctly incorporated here.
                उत्साहः साहसं धैर्यं बुद्धिः शक्तिः पराक्रमः |
                षडेते यत्र तिष्ठन्ति तत्र देवोऽपि तिष्ठति || 

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