8 Things You Want To Experience from Your College Days

“I didn’t just go to college… I lived there. And sometimes I feel I haven’t left that place yet”.

Today, you suit up for your job each morning. Your colleagues might know you as a consultant, a manager or a whatever.

But have you ever felt that some parts of your college life have never really left you? Memories catch you off-guard and very often rush back reminding you of what it was like back then -

The hanging-out, all the furious studying (or the lack of it!), the heart-breaks and the joy of achievement. You’re not alone when you realize there are quite a few things about college days that won’t leave you alone- and that’s a good thing!

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For those who feel a bit skeptical at this point, you know not all the experiences you faced in college days were necessarily good. But you will admit that those few years that zipped by left a lasting impression on you! If you were to visit your alumnus today, here are some things you wouldn’t want to miss for anything in the world! You may or may not have experienced all of these, but don’t deny your face a smile as you read on!

1. Canteen - Adda

Tis’ where ‘life’ happens! The college canteen not only served up food from popular cuisines - North Indian, South Indian, Chinese and more - it is an unofficial hub for all things college! As a first-year student, you would breathe a sigh of relief when you had reached the canteen. The place could be new, but at least the sight and aroma of food is familiar!

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Girls and guys, nerds and multi-talented gems, seniors and juniors, professors and staff, all converge at this one place to get their share of idlis, vadas, chai, Schezwan noodles, Orange juice, cold coffee and everything else in between. All through college, you had established a familiarity with the bhaiya who had served you and the aunty at the counter. And you knew what do when a friend felt low after an exam. That’s right –go for chai at the canteen.

Want to meet project-mates for a quick discussion?

Want to get some quick food for family who’s visiting?

Want to celebrate placements?

Canteen was the emphatic answer! You would love to walk into that place today. You hope the old crew has not changed, and that you can still order a glass of cold coffee.

2. Classroom – Karam-bhoomi

No visit to your college would be complete without walking by your old classroom. Classrooms were the place you were first introduced to your classmates - fellow students who would be travel-companions for those short years. You were also introduced to your teachers, who had the responsible task of passing on knowledge that played a part in getting you where you are today. You had your favourite teachers and the not-so favourite ones too. You hope they all are still around! As a new student, there were times you walked into a classroom and realized it was the wrong one -

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You made new discoveries, faced consequences for misadventures, groaned and cheered together through mid-sem exams, group discussions, practicals, assignments and projects - all that had so much to do with the classroom.

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Today, you could walk blindfolded into that classroom and find your bench. And for all that you learnt back, you’re somehow thankful. You would’ve liked everyone back in their respective seats now, wouldn’t you?

3. The Dungeons, or Exam halls – Bachao!

Few things strike terror into the hearts of students like examinations do. And even if you’re well-prepared, you still have fears looming ahead. And as if this was not enough, there was the sight of the exam halls – bags piled up outside, the eerie silence inside, the collective gulps and the seats!

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Add to that the invigilator coming ominously with the question papers – in that moment you would have gladly traded places with Frodo who needs to enter the treacherous land of Mordor.

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When the last exam would finally get over, you would rush out with the same eagerness with which Harry Potter would emerge on Hogwarts’ grounds to play Quidditch.

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The joy would not last for long though – if exam halls were bad, results were somehow worse! Results revealed to you the truth in that memorable line from the movie 3 Idiots –

Dost fail ho jaye toh dukh hota hai ... lekin dost first aa jaye toh zyada dukh hota hai

Translation - “It feels bad when a friend fails ... but it feels even worse when he comes first”.

And even though your class did finally make it through and now exams are history, you somehow miss those times!

4. Hostel life – Yaarana

Hostel life! Wasn’t it a melting-pot of students, each with a unique story and experience, studying, watching movies and living life together?

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Music of different genres and languages playing from computers could be heard in the background. You remember the times your friends would gather and talk – guppa - into the night, sharing jokes, pulling pranks and sharing life just as it used to be.

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For years, this was your home – celebrating festivals, victories & sharing sorrows. Through the seasons of the academic year this was the place you could rest your head. You look at the students staying there today and remember your days inevitably.

5. Campus pets - Doggie

Sheru, Doggie, Tommy, Chotu, - if your campus needed an unofficial mascot, you would recommend that affectionate stray dog! Friend to hundreds of students for years on end, you wouldn’t want to miss her on your visit!

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Girls and guys, nerds and multi-talented gems, seniors and juniors, professors and staff, all converge at this one place to get their share of idlis, vadas, chai, Schezwan noodles, Orange juice, cold coffee and everything else in between. All through college, you had established a familiarity with the bhaiya who had served you and the aunty at the counter. And you knew what do when a friend felt low after an exam. That’s right –go for chai at the canteen.

Want to meet project-mates for a quick discussion?

Want to get some quick food for family who’s visiting?

Want to celebrate placements?

Canteen was the emphatic answer! You would love to walk into that place today. You hope the old crew has not changed, and that you can still order a glass of cold coffee.

6. Library - Museum

The library is one place you can actually muse - ponder on matters of importance thoughtfully. It also contains rows of books of scientific and scholarly significance. You remember all your reference books that explained subject matters lucidly! It’s THE place no one could disturb your assignment work with a loud greeting.

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The laws of silence carry unusual weight here. Years of experience have even taught you to choose the seat that creaks the least. Talk about perfection! You could study, take a break peacefully or try to impress that studious crush with your “concentration & determination”.

WHO were you kidding?! Not certainly the librarian, who has observed gimmicks like that by the ton!

7. The local eating joints – Treat!

Tired of studying for hours in the library?

Want a change from the canteen food?

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Thank God for all the popular eating joints your seniors introduced you to! Though they’re all outside the campus, they’ve become inseparable from your memories today. If you were to visit your alumnus today with your family, you would ensure they try those crisp dosas from anna or the filter coffee at the good ol’ coffee stall.

8. Inter-branch events – Let’s rock it!

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Invoking the spirit of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, how many times did you jump in to participate in the inter-branch competitive events?

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It could be skits, music, choreography, coding or sports – you prepared hard with the Rocky OST playing in the background and some classic action and good-hearted competition. Bonds were forged, lessons learnt and victories were won!

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You could stand in that auditorium today all alone and close your eyes. You can just about hear the crowd and feel the harmony in your heart. You would love to be part of such events any day!

It seems like it was just days ago when you stepped out of your college gates for the last time, doesn’t it? Well it doesn’t have to be the last time!

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If you’re an AIMS alumni reading this wherever you are, our alumni meets are the way we express what you’ve meant to us. We desire a lasting relationship with you, so we invite you to register with us and create even better memories for your tomorrow! Here’s our best wishes to you, hoping you will have a meaningful & successful life wherever you are!

We leave you with a memorable song that will strike some old chords in your heart!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc2C8Gb09oY

Video with lyrics – “Pal”, by KK.