History has borne witness to the hard work people have had to put in to attain nirvana. Buddha had to concentrate and meditate for long years to attain nirvana. Many smoked funny stuff, and consequently did or said stuff that was even funnier.
Things have changed, however, and drastically so; people now experience nirvana (or at least nirvana like moments :p) by the experiences that usually await us just round the corner. The average college-goers’ life is brimming with such experiences that provide just as much joy as attainment of Nirvana!
In this article, let’s explore a few things that ravish every college going student, and provide that instantaneous, modern-day heavenly experiences! Read on!
Breakfast after an all-nighter
“Cometh the weekends, cometh the all-nighters!” - we have all done them and regretted them the day after. Be it coursework (yeah right, hmpfh), a project (no seriously!) or maybe just the innocuous plan of ‘a few games’ of Counter Strike which develops into a full-blown competitive session stretching through the night - whatever be the cause, whatever be the outcome, there is nothing that gives you more euphoric feels than having breakfast after an all-nighter and then finally being able to go to sleep peacefully, blissfully unaware of what lies in store for you the following Monday.
Birthdays in the wing!
On an average day you are happy. On the eve of your birthday, you are happier, even though you know that the bashing you are about to receive within a few hours is going to surpass the previous long standing record, a record that was perhaps created on the very same date the previous year. This fact is still, by mysterious reasons, overshadowed by the fact that it’s your birthday.
All that aside, you are actually way happier when it’s your friend’s birthday and not yours. Not only do you get to kick some ass and vent some frustration, but are also assured of free cake. Pretty satisfying a deal, in our opinion; considering that you are also assured of free food sometime in the near future. Therefore, a birthday (yours or otherwise) surely opens up a wide range of amusing prospects.
Free Food from seniors
The three basic necessities: roti, kapda, and makaan. The hostels cover the makaan part, though it’s worth contemplating that they don’t do so very effectively. What about the first two? Well, you can always borrow a shirt from your roommate. If you’re too close-fisted to buy yourself some new clothes, show up on the orientations of random clubs of your college and you are sorted for the semester. But now comes the most crucial part: FOOD, which is covered up, more often than not by the beloved seniors. There exists an unspoken code which gives the juniors a right to demand ‘treats’ from their seniors. Reasons don’t really matter here and even if someone tries to get in the nitty-gritty of reasoning with the juniors the treats can take innumerable forms like - mentor treat, convo treat, intern treat, job treat, bandi treat, something random craxx treat, wing treat etc. Free food sorts you for life as then you’ve covered all three pillars of the basic requirements of a college student.
Last-minute cancellation of lecture
When you show up to a class and find an all-apologetic teaching assistant in place of your professor “I am sorry but the prof has an urgent conference” - as if anyone gives two hoots about the conference! Those are the moments you would love to relish to the fullest!
What follows are random impromptu plans of a hang out - from watching the latest Bollywood flick at a nearby cinema, or a day-long outing with your gang to the nearest city haunts. Rightly said, unplanned adventures are the most fun to experience!
Hot and fresh paranthas Food is, in our opinion, the quickest path to Nirvana a college student can have - a ‘Stairway to Heaven’, so to speak. And when you smell hot paranthas with dollops of butter melting on top, you can’t help but sit down and chomp like a pig with reverse eating disorder. One of those moments of communing with Divinity, if we may say so :p
Extended long weekend - when either Monday or Friday (or both!) is a holiday Extended weekends? Oh yes - there is a reason the term TGIF exists. That is how much we look forward to a Friday. Fridays are generally a relief during college when you are constantly mugging away and still getting your butt kicked for not working hard enough. And when those Fridays end up being holidays as well, you can’t quite fathom your own happiness. And what better way to beat them Monday blues by not having to go to classes at all! These days form the perfect backdrop of going home or embarking upon a memorable vacation trip :). An extended weekend is therefore your one stop solution to all the problems in life.
Round-Table Discussions in the room wherein one is being ganged up on Weekends are a period of utter joblessness. And, well, empty minds are Satan’s hovels :p So what usually transpires over the weekend is, the pent up frustration of the entire wing over the week being graciously upended upon a sorry sod whose only crime in life has been a perennial vocal diarrhoea. He has already been having a bad day in the form of puns with no comebacks at all, and you go on and make it worse, because, well, Relative Misery offers the savagest form of pleasure available out there. Innumerable stories and timeless memories have been weaved around such incidents throughout our college life!
College festivals! Waddled continuously into dire straits with six professors for four months straight, have a GPA that would look good had it been out of 5 and not out of 10 or have nothing but bad memories to show for this semester? Fret not, because this is the time for the much-awaited college festivals. Whether they be technical or cultural (no, only cultural please :D) college fests cheer you up and help you erase the nightmares of the sem that just passed. These are the days when the entire campus transcends into a completely different realm altogether. With a diverse set of people participating in a host of different activities, college festivals are definitely a must-attend and a treat!
This was the version of the average college students’ guide to attaining personal Nirvana. Make sure you try all these out, if you haven’t already. Know more of such experiences? Let us know in the comments below!