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Chapter 2. The 1st Day of College
As I mentioned earlier, I literally hated visiting new places and meeting new people. It was a big no for me. I still made up my mind to jump in a new unknown sea. The first day I and my friend travelled to college in a bus. We reached the place. I could see many new faces. The orientation session was about to begin. I was looking for Meera. I knew she was somewhere there in the auditorium only. Many of my friends had taken admission in VIT but in different branches. I was upset but life goes on. The chair person along with the other committee reached there. Everyone applauded. We were asked to take our seats. I sat in the 3rd row. The Chairperson along with the Principal was asked to address the students. My eyes were still wandering, in the hope that I may find Meera somewhere. I was hardly bothered about those long speeches delivered by them (Wasn’t my mom’s long speeches at home enough??). The orientation session got over. I found Neha (We went to the same tuition classes). She asked me about the commutation means. She said there’s an uncle who drives a van and lives near our locality. As our college was very far we had to hire something like van or bus. So I agreed. She told there are many other girls from other area also. I said fine. She left. As she left I found Meera. I was delighted. We caught up with each other and started talking. She introduced me to her new pals (I wondered oh vow she is so quick). I always admired Meera for who she is. She was extremely intelligent, hard working and level-headed person. I shared a great rapport with her. Though we had become friends in 11th standard only but still we managed to become close. She left after some time. We were offered ice-creams and some refreshments. I left the place thinking “God what next?”
The next day was the real test for me because now I have to start everything from a scratch. It was difficult but now impossible. The new vanwala uncle turned up to my place. I got into it. Neha was there. We exchanged pleasantries. There was a girl sitting next to Neha. She was staring me for a while now. The next we went to pick a girl from other area. She smiled seeing me. I wondered “God why these two strangers staring at me??” Then one of them intervened “Are you in IT??” I replied “Yes” She said “I am Hemangi.” I said “Hi I am Aisha.” The one sitting next to Neha also introduced herself “Hey I saw you yesterday. I am Dia.” That brought a smile on my face because I was content that at least I found someone from the same territory. There were many other girls who got in on the way. We reached college. Now it was work time. The first when you enter a new class. It’s a complete different feeling. One finds all new faces and everyone staring at each other, trying to figure out with who to talk. It’s a strange feeling. I preferred the second bench (because it’s safe. You won’t know what’s happening behind you and also the teachers have good impression for the first two benchers). The first lecture commenced. It was a basic formal introduction of the subjects and the challenges that lies ahead (Again one lecture. Oh God!!). The lectures were over and it was break time. I sat in the class only. Imagining with whom to go?? I repeatedly told myself “Come on Sweetu (That’s my pet name) gear up. Go out and talk to everyone. Make friends.” I started talking to few girls. Except me all were Guajarati’s. So I had to brush up my broken Gujarati. I communicated with everyone. Next lecture began. The lecturers asked questions and I always loved answering them. I was always the first one to raise my hand (I thought it would create a good impression). My English was pretty good so people stared at me. It was not a very common practice there in Rajkot to talk in English. People were amused whenever someone talks fluently in English. Hailing from Christian family and having done schooling from a convent always helps to stand in the crowd. The class got over. I moved out all alone till the van. Neha was already there sitting in the van and was sharing her experience about the whole day with another girl. Dia and Hemangi came together. There were lab mates too (We had four different batches for the labs and it was divided according to the roll numbers). I hardly paid heed who all were in my lab. The day passed by. I went home and slept as I was deadly tired.
To Be Continued..
Splendid Six is a weekly column on College Life of 6 Best Friends by our columnist Asha Kumar. Splendid Six is being published on BuddyBits.com every Thursday. Stay tuned to read more from Splendid Six.