There’s only a handful of things on earth that evokes nostalgia as much as the catchphrase- ‘my first day of college’. College life is supposedly the most fun time in anyone’s life. Free from the bondage of school, ready to explore the world by our own selves and excited about taking on life headlong, college is indeed the ultimate repertoire of many of life’s worthy musings.
The first day of college in particular is one that is very interestingly anticipated. But while we all are pre occupied with what college gonna make of us on our debut, there are inevitable specimens of uniquely variegated humans eagerly waiting to make their presence felt to everybody in campus. Raggers and all are fine, I mean at least they are expected, but there also are exclusive college-ers out there waiting to amuse you with antics you never though existed!
My first day of college in particular was boring. What with me being an introvert (read socially recluse kid) not even wanting to do as much as an eye contact and a smile, things obviously wouldn’t have been too rosy for me. But there sure were hordes of god like dames and damsels waiting there to brighten up things (just for me, or so I thought!) My first day of college and those over the years can be summed up with encounters with these kinds of folks. Is your fave one among the lot?
The super popular mademoiselle
Years into college life and I still can’t figure out how these ‘influencers’ emerged so popular on the very first day of college! I mean there I was, naive and unnoticed and at times praying I didn’t even exist. And then there were them- so stout and uptight with their identity, so fricking popular and attention worthy that for a moment it freaked the hell out of me. ‘Friends’ flocking unto them like they have know each other forever. Inferiority complex sure made its way to me over ’em stars!
Equivalently, the dude
Trotting among and in between groups and gangs, like he’s the ultimate pro at friendshipping, the dude is unmissable. He struts around with an attitude that is clearly his trademark, his stopovers from one canteen table to the other are anything but few and far between. Guaranteed to make you sit up and take notice, even when he’s not all that worthy!
Mr/s Richie Rich
Come college and all the equality you were privileged enough to be a part of in school seems to be quickly vanishing away. Every college has that swanky kid, the offspring of some hot shot businessman or some powerful politician who arrives to class announced in some equally expensive drive. You might be awed by them or you might be set off by such people, but the thing is that they will continue to be in the scene whether you love or hate them.
High on romance love birds
Whether they be seeking the love of their lives or simply up for some magical high school romance, college campus is seething with teens eager to fall in love. With all very dreamy ideas of romance and affection, they are the people for whom ‘agar college jaake ishq nahi kiya, toh phir kya kiya meri jaan?’
Make no mistake, these guys stand out even among the fashionable of the lot. From the trendiest of dresses to the haughtiest of sunglasses, slickly done make up to also the perfectly set hair- these guys and gals have it all. They make college campus look like a runway and you live there with them, delightfully floating with the dream in your own typical not- so- impressive avatar!
Favoritism ka khiladi- the padhaku
There are also those who come to college with the sole purpose of what parents and profs think it is intended for- studying. The topper of the batch, the no- nonsense, ever- serious mostly bespectacled padhaku of the class is also every teacher’s supreme favorite. S/he is the first one to blurt out the right answer to all the questions and also conversely coming up with the most ingenious queries to all the answers. No wonder bunking classes is as alien a concept for them as studying the entire semester is to us!
Bunk, haq se
While there are some for whom bunking classes is a taboo, there are still others for whom it’s the only thing that comes naturally to them. They make manage with hardly any time for lecture in their daily schedule. They make college seem so easy and fun that at times we are left wondering if we are the ones who don’t know how to trudge along!
Sleepy douche bags
There’s a breed of people in the whole wide world whose life revolves around relax and chillax. Droopy eyed and disinterested in anything that requires them to stay awake for long, the sleepy- heads douse off to sleep on every possible pretext. Hiding behind others backs’ or ducking under book covers, they are there- letting their eyes do the task. The absolute sleeping and yawning beauties, so very contagious to the class. And dangerously so!
Every place has these people who flirt with everyone, like it’s their mode of survival. In colleges they overlap essentially- but not always- with the larger than life dude. You will find them friendly with every new entrant, wasting no any occasion to utter sweet somethings, often to the irritation of others. But to hell with you if you think they would care! They simply don’t!
Every group of college buddies is infested with that die- hard foodie. Their sole agenda of the day is to try out the newest eating spot nearby and gobbling up just about any and everything on offer. Always hungry and also forever slurping up some saliva- for this breed of friends, live to eat is the motto of life.
The stand out kinds
Whether it be standing tall with a pair of sparkling heels that ‘normal people’ reserve for parties or eking some shine out of dangling chains and bracelets, these are the fashionistas with requirement for heightened dose of attentions. They do stand out though, in a way that would make others jealous or appalled. Nothing in between would do.
Flexing their muscles at the slightest pretext, these are the people reflective of their obsession with the gym in their very appearance. Upbeat about bashing people with that enviably fit body, these guys however end up as the ones in need of ‘assistance’ in the event of any duel.
All things awkward
Whether it be fumbling for the proper answer or getting all fidgety with introductions, these are the unfortunate ones who end up getting glued to the phone instead. They want the world to open up and devour ’em, rather than facing the ignominy of dealing with the world all day, all night long. (Me, introverts, recluses, selectively socials, anti- socials and a lot more!)
Those for whom the sports quota has been their gateway into college will identify with the tag of being the sporty guy. They rave about their’ exceptional’ sportsman abilities and can go on and on about their sportsmanship spirit. Turns out, they also are often the ones left fuming every time they lose a re- match.
They aren’t just photographers, they are the pros at their trade. Or at least they believe they are. Be it clicking pictures of dead leaves, the proverbial last rays of the sun or capturing Insta worthy snaps of their friends, they are the seemingly cool people of the lot. Click goes the world, including (but not limited to) college for this set of pro level people.
And finally, the ones you would be thankful for all your life!
As much as college might be teeming with people not in accordance with your interests, if you are lucky enough you will most likely encounter your truest pal in the first day itself. Most people go on from being just bench mates on the first day to wave backers a few months hence and finally souls stuck forever after for the rest of their lives. In fact, it is this person or in cases a bunch of these kind of persons that make college and life all the more worthwhile for many of us!