When I told my parents that I don’t want to do Engineering after scoring 95% in my 12th board exams in Science, it was like coming out as gay to them. Dinner table became a ‘Karan Johar’ film. Long family discussions and arguments. But, I finally convinced my parents to let me live my lifelong dream of going to DU (one of the most sought after Universities). So, I joined Kirori Mal College, North Campus. I was beyond ‘mad-excited’.
I started dreaming about DU when I saw movies like ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Fukrey’, where the colleges seemed more like a fun place to hangout with your friends than a place to study. I had heard stories of DU being a ‘Fashion hub’. So, my first day of college, I was pretty nervous. I was all set in my fresh pair of Jordans and a cool T to make a good impression on my seniors. When I reached college, I was pretty shocked. It was not at all as i expected. I saw some people wearing “Givenchy” and “Supreme” and some wearing rip-off of original brands like “Adibas”. I saw no group of people playing guitars and singing, I didn’t see a single person doing a somersault, saw no Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri and there was no Bentleys and Maseratis. So yes, It wasn’t like they show in the movies.
Did I learn anything?
One year down the road, though I was disappointed at first, I fell in love with this place. There is diversity here. You get to meet people from all around the country. You get to learn new things. Well for me, I learned new slangs. I learned the word ‘Bhasad’ (That I think roughly means chaos. My parents were not happy when I used this slang in front of them for the first time!). I learned how to act and what to say when a cop stops you in a red light.
Vote for me!
Now come the elections. My first experience with college and university elections was horrible. I had heard rumors about candidates setting cars on fire to create a sense of terror in their rivals. I had no idea what was going on at my college that time. Anyone would come up to me, shake my hand, introduce themselves and ask me to vote for them. Candidates legit spend in 6 figures to win college elections. They use pamphlet, posters and of course bribes! The day before voting, the road was literally covered with papers with candidates’ names written on them and my car almost swerved off the road.
Since attendance is not compulsory (Yes! I know you engineering students are always worried about your 75% attendance…in your face suckers!), we almost don’t attend classes. We have a great ‘Kamla Nagar’ market filled with clubs and cafes to keep us entertained. But most of the time, I just like to stay in college and hear about that girl from commerce department and her terrible break up. As Drake would quote “Guys talk more than b****** these days”.
It’s been a year since that little guy, nicely dressed, who seemed lost in those vast corridors joined Kirori Mal college. All I can say is that even though I do regret taking science stream a little bit, I don’t regret joining DU at all. It was the best decision I have ever made and if you want to truly experience college life, get into DU.
Hey! I am Mehul Mehta and I am 19. Remember the name.