First day of college

First day of college

You know how people are anxious for their first day of college.    No sound sleep the last night, wake up even before the alarm, on time to the bus stop, fresh and well-groomed.    And then there’s me who slept like a baby without a care for the world, rushing to the bus with untied hair and dressed haphazardly, waiting for a disaster to happen on the very first day. Being the  last person to get on to the bus, I was victim to the driver’s cold stare. As I tried to find my seat I felt a crowd of judging and piercing gazes.

        Traffic! A start-stop game, passing by set of roadworks, honking cars, hawkers all set with their vibrant tone.     And then you get this massive adrenaline rush, you feel like you are flying or on fire when you reach the college gate.

         You know here begins the journey which you will cherish for a lifetime. With a mixture of eagerness and nervousness, you put your first foot forward. Your eyes are looking for someone with whom you can connect.  And then you can see small groups of friends budding out.

     You are a loner looking for some company, walking ahead with  no clue, and then you see these bunch of seniors hanging out at basketball court and parking lot. For no reason you are all  conscious and you make sure to move past them without making an eye contact.

        As you proceed  further, there is a gathering that catches your eye, you move closer to investigate what’s happening and you learn that it’s the Mecca of the students, aka the Xerox centre which is going to save you in the coming years.

         Looking around you see fresh faces rushing to an auditorium. You rush towards the hall. And now you are happy to see a few loners like you as you enter the room full of freshers. Not to forget there are little groups already formed between them, happily chit-chatting with excitement. You find a seat between your soon to be friends. You greet them with a smile.  Just when you make yourself comfortable, you see hosts up on stage inviting the guests who you are sure are going to bore you for the next two hours. Initially you pay keen attention to them but later as expected you are bored. And that's when you realize it's right time to strike a conversation with people next to you.

     With a little you-me me-you, conversation that starts with a Hello. Who knew a simple hello could get you your friend for life.The conversation turned out to be so engaging and fun that you couldn't make out how time flew by. As orientation programme comes to an end, a loner who entered the room with mixed emotions was now leaving the room with friends and a wide smile.

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   This was about my first day of college and I hope most of you can connect to this.

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