Life in College: Doomed or Promising?
Mar 14, 2016 | Sanchari Dan
NITR is primarily a residential college, with most of its students giving it the stature of their ‘second home’. Hostel mates, club mates and/or class mates form the friend circle of most NITRians; classes and clubs take up the best part of their day; campus eateries provide frequent respite from the monotonous mess food; and once in a while a fest comes around to provide an off-the-track weekend.
To judge the contentment amongst the NITR students about their life in NITR and to gauge how reality has played with the expectations of the college goers here, Monday Morning conducted a poll last week, “How happy do you feel on average about your life in college?”
A majority of 45% of the student voters ‘don't feel too great, but things have mostly been okay’. This constitutes those students who have a more or less active campus life having a satisfactory friend circle with a fairly harmonizing mind-set. Although NIT Rourkela has not have lived up to their expectations of an ideal college life setting, their day-to-day life has enough engagements to keep them going.
35% of the voters are ‘mostly happy with how college life has been’. These are the people who make the most out of their college life. Two sorts of students can be put into this group. One group comprises students who never miss out on a chance to socialise and participate, taking academics in their stride, coming back to their rooms late at night after tackling the day’s classes and club work. The other group comprising those who believe in productive utilisation of every ounce of time, while engaging themselves in a fair amount of socialisation too. These are the people content with their college life.
An unsettling discovery that comes to the fore with the poll is how one out of every five voter ‘often feels disturbed and depressed, happiness has been pretty scarce’ for them. Depression isn’t particularly unheard of in top technical institutes of the country. College is where one is expected to figure out one’s course of life, specifically their career. The rat race for seats in top engineering colleges has left many students stuck with a branch of study they aren’t interested in. This leads to dwindling academic performance and might be attributed as one of the reasons for depression. Also, students who fail to find a suitable peer group to fraternize with, find themselves deprived. To aid these students, the institute provides the services of a counsellor who can be approached at the student’s will. Her contact number has been provided below.
Kalyani Mishra : +91 9861074304