In today’s world of education, high percentage of students go for college level education for doing graduation and post-graduation. Many have to leave their homes for education.
Here arises a question of comparison. Which life of students is better-life in a hostel or life of a day-scholar?
I think life in a hostel brings students in touch with young blood. It gives first lesson for independent and responsible living. More time gets spared for studies due to many factors like hostel is located in the college campus so no time gets wasted in traveling etc.
Living in hostel keeps away family worries and make the students life happy. The various activities in hostel make one the best citizen of future.
It teaches discipline as he is required to do things according to a schedule laid down by the authorities. He learns to lead co-operative life because so many students live together.
- A hostel provides a congenial atmosphere for study. Serious students learn many good things in hostels.
- There is a fixed time for everything. The students have to get up when the bell rings. They are to do everything according to the timetable. There are fixed times for study and sport.
- The students have to lead a disciplined life and they learn regularity and punctuality.
- In hostels, the students can get help from the brighter students in their studies.
- They can also borrow books from one another.
- They have the opportunity of reading newspapers, magazines and other useful books in the reading room attached to a hostel.
- In a hostel, the students learn many useful lessons of life. They have to do everything for themselves. This creates in them the habit of self-reliance.
- In many hostels, the students have to manage the mess as well. This helps them to learn how to manage a home and spend money carefully. Therefore, hostel-life is a preparation for the domestic life later.
- Students of the same age generally live in such places. Therefore, they learn to have regard for others, to live with others and to help one another in times of need. Hostel life thus help to develop in students a sense of fellow feeling.
Overall, the hostel life is beneficial to good students. They can improve their body and mind and learn many useful things of life.
The day scholars on the other hand, thank their stars that they live with their parents and don’t have to deal with issues such as hostel ragging, bad food, and homesickness but they surely do envy the freedom and independence of their hostel buddies. It’s good to lead a hassle free life with no bills to worry about, feels Suzanne, a day scholar.
If you fall ill, you have your parents right next to you to take care of you, but sometimes you wish that you had the freedom of hostel life. when you are forced to do chores such as washing your clothes, making your bed and taking care of your own things, a sense of responsibility and maturity dawns on you that otherwise doesn’t, while you are still living with your folks.
Hostel life helps you make completely independent decisions, which is what you will have to end up doing after college, so it’s good training in a safer environment. Plus there is the advantage of meeting all types of people. And, it encourages the student to take part in the intra/inter-hostel activities, since it’s a smaller stage, so there is less embarrassment or shyness. Also, you develop a close relationship with the people you generally hang out with.”
But, despite all the independence and fun and frolic in hostels, it has its downsides.