A hostel is a place where people can rent rooms or beds to stay for a few days or weeks or extended periods like months and years. It may or may not provide the facilities of the mess, laundry, common halls, and other such services. Students who have to leave their hometowns and live in some other city for the sake of higher education, mostly have to live in hostels. I myself have to live in a hostel for the sake of professional studies. I am going to share with you my thoughts on hostel life.
The first thing is that when students live in hostels, they usually have to share rooms with other students. This is the case unless you study in expensive institutions. In our college, in initial years, there may be 2-3 students sharing a single room. But then as you get promoted to the next classes, you mostly have a single roommate unless you willingly share the room with multiple friends. There are many pros and cons of living in hostels. Let’s see the pros first.
The best thing about hostel life is your friends that you make in the hostel. You spend your complete days and nights with your friends. They are always there whenever you need them. You can enjoy their company most of the time. The biggest pro is that you can study together with your friends. You can get help with studies from your friends and you can also help them. You can go out with them whenever you want. If you are lagging in studies they know it. If you are facing any issue, they will help you the best they can. In short, the friends that a person makes in his hostel life are true friends.
The other good thing about hostel life is that you get to learn a lot. Many of your bad habits go away and you adopt many good things. Although it solely depends on you what you want. Because if you don’t want to get better than I have seen many examples where people got worse during their hostel period. But still, there is much possibility that you will get better. When you have to live with someone else, you develop tolerance and patience. Because most of the time the person living with you is pretty different from you. So all the roommates have to adapt to this difference. You have to tolerate what you don’t like in him/her and the same has to be done by your roommate. So you learn how to live with others.
You also learn how to be self-dependent as much as you can. Another thing you learn is how to do your tasks because at home your mom was doing everything for you that now you have to do yourself. You learn to manage your issues. Another benefit is that you learn how to deal with the world and how to avoid the pits you may fall in. You make a lot of mistakes during the period and hopefully, you learn from them.
Now let’s talk about the cons. As I have said that friends are the best thing about the hostel life, they can also be the worst. They can make your life in a hostel the best, as well as the worst. Especially your roommates. It is a fact that two persons coming from different families and backgrounds have a lot of differences. But the good are those who nicely manage these differences. Who understands you and makes you understand them. Who does not want to change you but rather change themselves. These are the kind of people who make themselves better with time. And in doing so, they make you better as well. So you have to make sure that you befriend such people who make your life easy.
The other bad thing about hostel life is that mostly the mess is not very good. And you end up missing your home food a lot. This is a big issue that most people living in hostel face. The other big issue is that it is difficult to maintain your health as you did at home. At home, your mam and dad feed you themselves and make everything available for you such as fruits and milk apart from the daily meals. But at the hostel, you have to manage all these things yourself and most people are unable to do so.
These were some pros and cons of hostel life. In the end, I would say it mostly depends on the individual how he/she manages everything and make his/her hostel life a pleasant or bad memory.
“Being considerate of others will take you further in life than a college degree”