Student life introduces you to many new phases. It helps you get new experiences and survive through the worst. One such experience is that of living in a a hostel.
Students who migrate to a different region, to continue their studies may find problems in getting a house of their own. Moreover taking the responsibility of running a household, can be difficult for a student.
Thus a hostel becomes the best option for students who can't travel all the way from their home, to the school or college on daily basis.
Admissions for many colleges and schools have already started and in many colleges, academic year has began. The next most important thing after admission to an institution is to get a nice hostel. There are few requisites that everyone expects from a place they stay.
- Proper water and electricity
- Clean cafeteria and bathrooms
- Variety in the food provided
- Wi-Fi connection
- Area for recreational activities
Once the hostels are scanned through the availability of these facilities, the best one is selected. Even if these facilities are readily available, the students may feel anxious about the new environment.
Fret not. Hostels can be a lot of fun. Many memories can be created. You just need to take care of some things.
Here, have a look at these tips that will help you get through Hostel life:
Fear Not the Seniors
The first thing every hosteler thinks when he steps in through the gates of his hostel is 'How will my Seniors be?' Contrary to popular belief and everything that is shown in Indian cinema, seniors in hostels can be the sweetest souls. They might crack a few jokes, tease you a bit but all in good humor. They help you out when you require something and give some advices when you need them. They turn out to be the siblings you never had. So never be afraid of any senior.
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Say HI to your Guards
The security guards at any hostels are given the general caricatures of being rude humans. They can be the nicest people on earth. Even when you are a bit late than the curfew hour, if you have good rapport with the guard, she or he will let you in. Say HI to them every morning as you leave your hostel. Share some sweets or snacks with them, or at least share stories, you will get to learn so much.
Spend time with your Roomies
Now as a fresh person to a hostel, the only other person you might be able to connect would be your roommate. Spend some time in deep conversations. Try to know their story and tell them yours. You do not have to be best friends, but having a good friendship going on with your roommate can help you when you need. Also, such a relationship will make your stay at your hostel much easier. You will actually look forward to going back to your room, and will be less homesick.
Get your TV shows
Well, social interactions are important, but once in a while you will need some binge watching. Many hostels have just one television, that everyone has to share. You may not have the chance of watching the latest episode of your favorite show when the rest of the hostel wants to watch a football match or another Indian soap opera. At times like these, you can calmly be all alone and watch all the shows you want.
How is being organized going to help one survive hostel? Well, hostels are not your homes. There is no parent running around your socks and shirts, no maid to broom your floor and no one to remind you clean up your cupboards. This is when you learn to be organized
- Be punctual - wake up early and have routine.
- Clean up your room at least once in a week
- Manage your books and notes
- Don't let the dust to settle around
You might keep your watch, phone or your wallet anywhere in your house. But in a hostel, this might turn out to be fatal move. You might loose your valuables and it can become very awkward if you start fighting with your roommate other other friends for the loss. Honestly, no one will care if irresponsibly lost your belongings. So be attentive all times.
Stack up Home Food
Every time you go back to your home, collect edibles that can be saved for later and take it all to your room. Share it with your roommates and other hostelers. There is nothing more pleasurable than eating home food with your hostel friends in your room. You will understand the value of your home, family and most importantly home food.
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Say 'No' and avoid if you have to.
Many youngsters in hostels can be experimental, with activities or substances even if they are illegal. Sometimes, your friends may invite you to try something that you won't be comfortable with. At moments like this, keep the following in mind:
- If you don't want to do something, just say NO
- Don't fall into peer pressure
- If you decline, they won't stop being friends with you
- If they do they aren't worth your friendship
Hostels can be a lot of fun, but some situations can turn into bad memories. One should always keep in mind that at the end of the day, the experiences in a hostel are for just a few years or months. Life has more to offer. One should always make sure they don't get into something that they regret later in life.
Make memories, smile and laugh with your friends and have many adventures. These are the times of your life. Live them!
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