Tring.. Tringg.. Tringgg.. As my phone keeps on ringing these days and messages keeps streaming with the curiosity of the acquaintances about their choice of college and career dilemma, I remember my own days of despair. Admission seasons are the time when the families experience, curiosity and indecisiveness; despair and excitement simultaneously. The thought of getting into a new environment, peer acceptance and tossing over the chances to succeed in life adds to the student’s sleepless nights, as well as, makes them zealous about the thought of entering a new phase of their life, meeting new people, different experiences, learnings etc.
But, never believe if someone says that selecting a college is a cake walk. It seems easy to describe a stage that they have already crossed in life. Two years back, when I was in same boots, even I faced the same dilemma. It literally made me scratch my head. Life becomes so stressful preparing for the entrance examinations, then waiting for the results and finally, when the results are out, the selection of college starts.
Firstly, the dilemma was the colleges that lie in the range of a particular score are more or less the same in terms of placement, students, faculties, infrastructure, facilities etc. moreover, if we go by the rank then the rank too keeps on changing every year. So, the question is, whether we should go by rank or not. How are the colleges given ranks? Can the colleges influence the institutions who do the ranking?
With so many parameters to compare, I was puzzled. Are all the parameters equally important? While comparing the colleges, it so happened that I came across one college that promotes peer learning while the other learning through industry experts, how do I know which one is better for me?
I had two of my acquaintances studying in the same college. When contacted them, one of them commended the college and while the other condemned. It obviously made me wonder whom to believe. Now, we all know that each of us are different so there are different perspective and liking or they must have had some different experiences. How to weight their experiences as a neutral person? How should I decide whether my experience would be like first acquaintance or the second?
Almost every college flaunts on their website about lush green campus, international standard infrastructure, huge library, world class canteen, best faculties, best industry experts, increase in average package etc. still, why should a student select it? What’s the return on the investment after graduating? Whether the claims are true or not? Sometimes, the website is not even updated to gather the information about the last academic year, what to infer then.
As earlier said, every individual is different so are their requirements, some might want a particular degree due to parental pressure, or because of his/ her interest in that particular field, or for good package. So, the college selection depends upon the individual too.
Everyone should meticulously select their alma mater, because, it shapes not only our future but our perception and personality too. Consult and introspect, this is what everyone does. In the times of advancing technology, people are getting more cautious because the world is available on the tips of the finger. And, thanks to mytingli.com, through which we can know how transparent the colleges are, whether whatever they proclaim publicly is true. It would surely decrease the dilemma and concern.