"These best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart" - Helen KellerHostel is an integral part of every college. Life in a college hostel is full of pleasures and amusements. It is a place where food and lodging are provided for students. Life in a hostel is different from the life of homes. Generally, a student stays in a hostel when his residence is located far from his educational institution. Life in a hostel makes a student self dependent. It makes him smart, active and disciplined. It gives all the students an ample chance to learn how to lead an independent and responsible life. It plays a vital role in the development of the personality of the students. Students of different habits and tastes live together under one roof which results in better inderstanding and more co-operating among themselves.
"Being considerate of others will take you further in the life than a college degree".A hostel is controlled by a wardan. The wardan guides the students. He sees whether the rules and regulations of the hostel are being followed or not. Though the wardan is there to look after them yet they thier own way. They have to study and do their duties themselves.
Hostel life trains a student mentally, morally and spiritually for a successful and practical life. He has to follow the rules and regulations of the hostel. No one is allowed to remain out of hostel a specific time. Therefore, hostel life teaches discipline, punctuality and regularity to their students.
"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow".A hostel has mess which at itmes is run on co-operative basis. Food is served in the mess. The washer man and the barbar visit the hostel regularly. some students wash their own clothes. Other give to the washer man.
A hostel has a common room. Here, the students assemble together to watch television. They also discuss in groups about the daily events, politics, current issues etc. A hostel generally has a library. Many hostels have reading halls adjacent to the library. A hostel has facilities for ndoor games. Some hostels have facilities for outdoor games also like basketball, vollyball, badminton etc. Thus in hostel a student can develop his mind and body.
"We first make our habits and then habits make us".Various type of students are found in hostels. Some are very studious. They always remain busy in their studies. Some are mischievous. They give little time to studies. They spend thier time moving around, playing and bullying others or making fun of friends. Students should not misuse thier time. They should utilize thier time in studies, games, debates, group discussions and other such fruitful activities.
Students of various communities and religion, stay together in a hostel. This helps them to know about various cultures of different regions. They develop a sense of unity in diversity and broaden their outlook. They learn the lesson of co-operation.
"Always look at life in a positive way, for we all act according to our perception".Their are also chances of students going astray in hostels. They should be prosperly guided by the hostel authorities. Students stay away from their parents in a hostel. They carve for the love and affection of their parents. THey feel homesickness. Some students who are not very good at studies, in the absense of proper guidance, may neglect their studies. Soms students may feel themselves free from all bondages and spoil thier life as they are away from their parents. In such conditions students may choose ecil company and form bad habits. parents should visit them regularly and give them emotional support and guidance.
"caged birds accept everything, but flight is what they long for:.Students face life practically on their own in a hostel. Life in a hostel instills confidence in them. They develop their personality. They learn to face the problems in life. They learn to self-defence and regularity. They learn socail etiquettes and lead a better life. Hostel life thus helps them to develop many good qaulities and make the students good citizens.
"The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation" - Bertrand RussellTo Sum up, we may say that hostel life is boon and a bane bothat the same time. It is a boon for those students who take advantage of it and make their life successfully. On the other hand it is a bane for those who fail to realize the very purpose of hostel life and spoil thier future.
"Use what talents you possess. They woods would be very silent if no birds sang there, except those that sang best" - Henry Van Dyke