It is that phase of life which prepares us for life. But, the most important aspect comes when we have to prepare for this phase. College life is full of excitement. In the midst of this excitement, a dash of anxiety prevails. This anxiety of the unknown clouds the young minds. But the most affected are the students from “vernacular medium” – the students who have not studied in English medium. There they face the first ghost – English!!!
English has been the most widely used, yet one of the most feared languages. There is a certain amount of hype and expectation attached to this language. Somehow the concept of intelligence, abilities, and competencies take a backseat and only the competency to communicate in a certain language takes the forefront. Yes, it is true, that communication in English is an essential and a part of today’s survival kit, the lack of the same does not mean failure. Students should remember that the initial days will be difficult to cope with the new language; as the medium of instruction and expression and communication is going to be English, so one must view this opportunity to prepare for future. It may happen that the fear of the language may divert the attention from studies and the student may sulk on the fact that he/she does not know the language.
The way to handle this concern is – start reading which will help one to increase his /her vocabulary. The other aspect is speaking – actual speaking!! A student from vernacular medium is used to thinking in that language. So whenever a question is asked or a concept is explained, immediately the thinking happens in that language and then the translation happens – at times it takes the form of literal translation! So, a student should try to think in the language of the medium of instruction used, in most cases – English. The usage of a good dictionary may be of very good help in finding new words and their application.
The other hurdle is trying to come to terms with the methods of teaching. In school, a student is used to being spoon fed about the studies. In college, it is expected for a student to take charge of the studies too. Here, remember that the more the interaction with the professors more the enrichment and value addition for the students. Students should try to reach out to professors not only for academics but also gain valuable insights regarding their careers and self – development.
It is essential that a student becomes friendly with the “Library”. It is a skill even to sue the library so that one use the right resource of information, the reference material, any newspaper article or even reference books.
Once the medium of instruction is understood and the methodology is grasped, the actual “study” is important. It’s during the college life that the never heard concepts of studying in a group come into being. Try befriending the right people who will enhance the knowledge and support group studies. The advantage of studying in a group will be that the interest doesn’t die down, in case of difficulties, friends can help resolve them, the monotony will be broken and very importantly, the boredom is killed. The give and take of ideas and the discussions strengthen the concepts and theory.
The entire college life can go waste if one does not understand the finer issues of life – in terms utilizing the time for self development, which also includes better time management, improving on presentation skills and communication skills and chalking out the career action plan.
College life can make or mar a students career, hence plays a vital role in shaping the future not only of the individual but also of the society as a whole. So, enjoy and make the most of the opportunity given.