Choices made in col­lege de­fine you

Film­maker Rakeysh Om­prakash Mehra says that the free­dom of col­lege life comes with its set of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - ( AS TOLD TO AN­JURI NA­YAR SINGH)

It is dif­fi­cult to as­sim­i­late mem­o­ries from my three years in col­lege. It was a very vi­brant time for me in SRCC (B.Com hon­ours, batch of 1983). Col­lege is the time when you get out of your school uni­form and en­ter a life with more free­dom and choices. And with choices comes re­spon­si­bil­ity. Very soon, one re­alises that you are re­spon­si­ble for your own choices. The choices you make are what will de­fine you. I think col­lege is a great foun­da­tion for the times to come, and is not just a time to party.

Stu­dents of­ten have ques­tions about whether to choose a course or opt for a col­lege of their choice, if they aren’t get­ting both to­gether. I feel that you must al­ways go for the course. I have seen a lot of stu­dents who have gone for a cer­tain col­lege, but woh teen saal kharab ho jate hain. You must travel the road you want to travel or find a new path for your­self rather than lis­ten­ing to some­one telling you, ‘yeh aacha hota hai’.

As a friend, all I can say is that col­lege is a cool time in your life. There is so much to im­bibe. Col­leges in Delhi Univer­sity are closely knit and there is in­ter­ac­tion with stu­dents from other col­leges. Then there are fes­ti­vals and cul­tural ex­changes, where you get to meet peo­ple from all over the coun­try. You get a chance to travel. I won’t call these dis­trac­tions. I would say cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences are more im­por­tant than just aca­demics. This will take you fur­ther in life.

T his does not mean that if you get into co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, you should stop study­ing. But go­ing only with one and not the other, is not such a good idea. There needs to be a bal­anced ap­proach.

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