University life, to freshmen


“It felt like a curse to be passed automatically after a long confusion about whether the HSC exam will take place or not. Many of my acquaintances were laughing at me calling ‘hey, auto!’ “.” Tahirul Islam Talha, a first semester student in the BBA department at BRAC University, shared his admission story. “I left science shortly after getting stuck at HSC. When I realized that changing majors had been difficult for me for the GST (General Science and Technology) method on admission, it was too late. .I yearned so much for a college life, where I could still prove myself.”
There are various reasons for the indomitable affection for university life among students of all ages. But to what extent does his university life meet their expectations? Or how is this life at all?
“I had high expectations for the orientation. Later, when I heard it would be held online, I felt so disappointed that I didn’t even attend.” They have a hybrid semester, he later shared. If he was satisfied with the offline courses, he shares his disappointments with the online section. For him, the “chill” part of university life is that everyone spends time chatting after class. “Students from different classes are in different sections for the open credit system. The schedule doesn’t always match. But everyone waits for the whole group after class, so that feels good.”
Meanwhile, Tahira Tasrin Mithila, a student at IER Department, University of Dhaka, expressed her satisfaction with the orientation. Although it was a formal event, it was very educational, she said, which helped her develop an interest in the subject of her studies. For her, the most fun part of her campus life is the DU campus environment. There are plenty of other reasons to enjoy the DU campus, including getting to know new people, eating cheap street food, hanging out at TSC, and thousands of books in the library.
However, does the start of college life just mean campus, chat, and orientation? Much of this involves moving from one’s family or home to a residential dorm, hostel, or mess. Although it may seem like a huge freedom in the eyes of students or students, this independent life may not always be so easy. “The first year, getting a place in the residential dormitory is like a daydream here.” Eusha Binte Rudaba, a first-year student in the Department of Fine Arts at Rajshahi University, shared her experience. Asked why she left the first rented house, she said that just after two days of moving there, when the landlord found out that she was a fine arts student, he said in front of everyone . “Actually, we don’t keep fine arts girls!” The problem of not having a house for a young girl is very common all over the country and this problem is more prevalent in universities outside of Dhaka. So, is there anything interesting about their life on campus?
“After admission, it was very interesting to sit outside for lessons on the ground, because it was winter! Now it becomes very difficult in the heat of the summer sun, and also to get a tan. When I was lucky enough to have lessons inside the classroom, I just felt – if there were separate classrooms for all the students in the year! is just wonderful in regards to class, elders and classmates,” Rudaba said.
“Before, I had no idea about the seniors on this campus. I was very afraid to bitch. But after coming here, the whole idea changed. Everyone is very cordial and friendly here,” Saima said. Hossain Charu, a first-year student at the Statistics Department of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, was speaking. “Hanging out with friends often, visiting tea plantations, going to the stadium to watch a cricket match, having fun so far. Staying so far away from family doesn’t seem so difficult at all now.” Although she got a place in the residential dormitory in the first year and escaped embarrassment like Rudaba from Rajshahi University, she understood that indoor life is not very easy. “Although there is nothing to complain about, since we are the most junior group, a chain of ‘senior-ship’ must be maintained in cases of kitchen or toilet use. It is very common to stand in line for a long time to use the toilet or the kitchen.”
Many HSC and admission applicants are motivated or used to hearing that there is no pressure to study in university life. “Relax and ‘cool’ after admission!” But is this the reality?
“Life became pathetically complicated when I was lucky enough to enter medical school long before the engineering entrance exam. I was forced into a medical career by my family, hence the ninth class, I was interested in mathematics or logical terms in my subjects,” Fahmida Sultana, a first-year student in the CSE department of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) spoke . She had to be admitted to a medical school under pressure. In this regard, even though it was online, her first college experience was medical classes. But his indomitable will made him reach the BUET. The sudden announcement of self-pass, the admission test preparation from there, the start of medical school classes after having a chance, the BUET admission test and admission to the end of this eventful journey – has life on campus lived up to his expectations? “When my classes started, I just realized that it’s harder than my imagination. Classes every day from 8am, lab from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., class test, homework, lab report, it sucks my energy and increases my anxiety about losing my old self.” She believes that every cloud has its silver lining, and very soon she will be able to maintain it all with a big smile on her face.

The writer is studying at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.
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