The end of high school, as relieving as it feels marks a major milestone in all our lives. A shift from the confines of school boundaries to a sense of independence in college comes with a set of mixed feelings. Leaving the place where we’ve spent a large portion of your life is nostalgic but the excitement to start a new journey is there too. It’s a sudden realisation that we have grown up.

The uniform is replaced by the fashionable outfits we were all dying to wear and new friendships take over. While many still live with their families, a large number shift to new places and experience paramount transformations in the way they had been leading their lives. From managing groceries to travelling and having to tackle the homesickness at the same time is overwhelming at times. However, college life is a significant part of the life of young adults as it is the time of self-realisation. New challenges await and so does the opportunity to unfurl the best version of yourself.

Amidst this renewal of the teenage life, comes the independence we longed for in our teenage years. Here are a few factors that mark our entry into this self-sustaining phase.

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Organising fests, making contacts, building a resume, handling hubs and societies apart from the academics gives a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence to the students.

Travelling

All of us have the blissful memories of bus rides to school. Many were even dropped off by their parents. The first thing that changes with the start of university is our mode of commuting. Public transport becomes a saviour for some while others drive to their colleges. This comes as a vital discernment of liberty.

Living alone

Numerous outstation students live in either hostels or PGs away from home. Our mom’s pampering is replaced by daily video calls. From cleaning, washing, cooking to shopping, students have to rely on themselves for every other thing that was being served on a platter until now.

Extracurricular activities at college

Colleges follow the approach of holistic development and thus students are provided with the opportunity to lead and manage. Organising fests, making contacts, building a resume, handling hubs and societies apart from the academics gives a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence to the students.

Decision making

From crucial decisions like which course to take up or which society to join to general everyday choices, college is all about building up your decision taking ability. We learn to do things on our own and this introduces the sense of responsibility. We are tutored not to blame others for our actions and instead face the repercussions of our deeds.

College life is a significant part of the life of young adults as it is the time of self-realisation. New challenges await and so does the opportunity to unfurl the best version of yourself.

Internships

The graduation years are meant to explore the various talents that were otherwise latent. In the quest to make a CV, many students start internships in the early semesters. Not only do these short-term engagements provide an insight into the employment scenario, but they also teach some major life skills such as teamwork and time management. They build confidence and provide a feeling of elation.

College is the phase of self-exploration. Every day brings a new set of opportunities and challenges with itself. Grab everything you can, build memories, explore yourself and make the best out of this time!

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Saavriti is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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