The Admission Process
I still remember the day when I first walked into the campus, I still remember the outfit I wore, the weather, everything. It took me around 7 hours to reach Radaur, from Rewari to New Delhi and from there to Radaur. There was scorching heat, the tire of the bus got punctured which added to the journey time. Nevertheless, I was still in high spirits because I sort of started to like travelling by that time as I used to travel far of cities sometimes in even in different states to give entrance examinations.
As soon as the auto dropped me in front of the college’s main gate, the security guards welcomed me in the humblest way possible, one of gave me a smile and other welcomed me in, it felt like they knew that I was coming there. In the hindsight I believe that 1 or 2 minutes I spent at the gate was very important for my mind as they mitigated my skepticism about taking admission in the college.
Now as I was walking from the gate to the administration office, all negative thoughts were coming to me like how much I am frustrated, how much my father is frustrated due to all this admission conundrum. I was visiting colleges, giving entrance exams, travelling to various places and spending both time and money and was just not able to decide wherever to go. Most frightening of them was will my drop year considered worth if I’ll take admission in an ‘open to all’ college?
As I reached the administration office, the lady on the reception, people waiting there were humans, obviously; but it just felt something alien to me and I didn’t want to take any further steps in the process and all of this was because I was scared, I didn’t wanted to accept it but yes I was of the completely new surroundings, strangers and thinking what is the reality of the college, what if I take the admission and I don’t like it here, it’s far away from home too, it’s not as grand as other lavish colleges I have visited etc. But I gathered my confidence and went ahead maybe I just wanted to end this never ending college search.
The first official I talked to was the college registrar, I don’t remember the whole conversation but when I told him my JEE rank he said “Though your admission is confirmed but see, it’s not a good rank, but it’s what it is” and I liked that attitude, the transparency that was shown at that time. After that I was wondering why the admission process is so smooth and everyone is being so nice and later realized the admission crisis and laughed a lot, haha.