Due to the covid-19 outbreak, DU freshers are forced to stay shut at their homes sacrificing their new college lives. Thus, it has almost been a year that students are at home as educational institutions are closed. Students lament missing out on extra-curriculum, fests, and how their homes have become the new campus. The third-year students did get a chance to visit the campus for practical work in February. But, it is the first-year students who didn’t even get a chance to visit colleges.
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DU Freshers lament missing out on friendships and lack of interaction:
Vanshika Aggarwal, a fresher for Lady Shri Ram says that her first year of college is about to end and she didn’t even get to meet her classmates. LSR was her dream college but she barely visited the college or enjoyed her college life. For most of the students, first-year means interaction with new people. However, the pandemic brought gruesome news of the loss of teachers and peers this year.
No ECA leads to no fun and development: DU Freshers
Du Freshers highlights that many college activities organized online aren’t interesting at all. Thus, everyone yearns for the zeal and fun brought by activities organized in person. Akshat BT, a first-year student transferred to SRCC because of the exposure and ECA options given. But, due to the lockdown, everything came to a standstill. Also, in 2020, the ECA trials were scrapped and points were given based on past certificates. Thus, all extra development provided by DU was skipped this year.
Organizing fests, seminars, functions, and other activities involve teamwork, time management, cooperation, interpersonal skills, and more. Hence, all this needed for personality development and exposure is denied this year. Anamika Prasad, DU deputy dean of cultural activities says that they are learning via online activities also. However, they are no match to the real experiences of engaging in cultural events. She adds that after reopening, the colleges can organize cultural workshops to make up for the events they missed.