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Why is India the perfect place to study for the international students?
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The top ten degrees in India that students flock to
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How can international exchange programs, study abroad and other educational experiences shape your career?
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Soft skills and your career development
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Budding fashion designers: Here is what you need to succeed
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The skills required to succeed in the service industry
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How to manage stress during college admission season
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College facilities that can boost a student’s performance and make their college experience better
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10 Things to Keep in Mind while Selecting a College after +2
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The benefits of living on campus in a college

Why is India the perfect place to study for the international students?

India is the perfect destination for the study abroad students who want a unique and different experience. India is not like other study abroad countries. Things here are bright, colourful, noisy, and crowded with lots of fun. Allow us to convince you why India is the perfect destination for a study abroad student!

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Developing economy

Students seeking to study abroad might want to experience something that is still in the development stages. That is why you should choose India. We still fall under the developing economy moniker and are proud of it. During your time here, you will see how things develop quickly and the different lives people living in the same city experience. You will see local businesses thrive and grow and cities adapting to the global business culture.

On-campus opportunities

Most college going students in India speak English, so it is easy for you to immerse yourself into college life. From inter-college sports tournaments to college fests (that Indian college students live for), the culture in India’s colleges is vibrant and welcoming. There are a ton of opportunities to volunteer, do social work and make lots of new friends on the campus.

Well-rounded education

Education in India goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. Navigating the streets of India is an education in itself. Things work differently here than in other countries. So while you are getting an education, you are also learning how to chart your own path, navigate unusual circumstances, and think on your feet. Believe us, these are the skills that will come in handy later on in life.

Networking opportunities

As an international student, you can volunteer or intern with Indian companies and NGOs to learn the ropes of a particular profession or just to know people. It is also a great way to make connections, network, and meet new people in the professional sphere. With all the industries and businesses becoming global, you never know how your Indian networking could help you in the future. For those who want to work in India, this is also a good way to place one foot in the door.

Travel opportunities

India is huge, and by that, we mean really, really huge. While you study here, you can explore countless places in the east, west, south, north and central India. From hill stations to beach towns, India gives you the opportunity to explore a variety of places like no other country does. So for travel fans, India is your study abroad destination.

Adaptability

India is a complex country. You will be forced to learn how to adapt to the changing circumstances. You might also be able to adapt to the Indian street food if your immune system can take it! Learning how to adapt to just about any situation will prepare for a future in the corporate world. The initial week or two might give you a slight culture shock, but once you learn how everything works, you might just want to stay here forever.

India is a very diverse country with so much to offer to the students, professionals and travellers. If you come and study here, even for just a semester, you will leave the country with an unforgettable experience.

The top ten degrees in India that students flock to

Education in India is a complicated subject. Indian schools and colleges are trying to find the right balance between traditional guru-shishya values and modern advancements in education. Other countries approach education with a little more flexibility and that is what we need to incorporate into our education system. But while we try to strike a good balance between these two, here is a small introduction to the system and the top ten courses preferred by the Indian students.

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An introduction to the Indian education system

Today’s students have a ton of options to decide their future career paths. Let’s take engineering. Students can now major in electrical, computer, aeronautical and automobile engineering, where before they chose from chemical, civil or mechanical engineering. Non-traditional career paths see just as many students and a degree in arts is not seen as something bad.

As more and more institutions open up, students can explore the field that interests them. Keeping this in mind, we have compiled a list of the top ten bachelor’s degrees that the students in India prefer to study. Do you have any degree that you would add to this list?

Bachelor of Engineering

An engineer with a bachelor’s degree has a lot of future scope. India is a developing nation with a growing economy and engineering is one of the most sought after professions. A bachelor’s in engineering also prepares for the rigors of the workplace.

There are a lot of colleges in India that offer quality education in the field of engineering. Students today can choose from Communication engineering, Computer Science engineering, Electrical and Electronics engineering, Information Technology, Marine engineering, Petrochemical engineering and even Structural engineering.

Bachelor of Commerce

A B.com degree opens a lot of avenues for the students who graduate from a good program in a good college. Possible career paths include pursuing a degree in Chartered Accountancy with further studying and exams or getting into finance and working as a financial or economic advisor. You can also apply to be a risk analyst with a financial firm or specialize and delve deeper with banking and finance forces to kick start a career in the finance industry.

MBBS

The MBBS degree is one of the most popular degrees for a reason. Students in India have been instilled with a strong work ethic, and that helps them study for this degree. Medical school in India is just as difficult and rigorous as in other countries. Therefore, MBBS schools see a large volume of applicants. With the introduction of the common entrance exam for all medical courses, the NEET, getting into a medical program has become even more competitive. India is a growing country with an extremely large population, so a new doctor is always a boon to the society.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree is one of the most diverse degrees in the current education scene. The BA degree allows students to specialize in Psychology, Biology, Economics, Journalism, Communication, and a variety of other fields. The BA degree is on our list because there are so many options students can explore with this degree. You can be a writer, a teacher, a counsellor, or a sales associate.

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

The common misconception with becoming a dentist is that the students who couldn’t get into an MBBS course end up doing dentistry. That is not true because those who become dentists chose to do so. The BDS degree can be done in well-known institutions in India. Students can then shadow a local dentist or apply for internships while in college.

Bachelors in Computer Application

Today, a degree in computer applications is one of the most sought after in the Indian market. The IT industry is booming all over the world and even more in India. Our IT industry is rapidly expanding and fulfilling the requirements of the developed countries. Therefore, if computer applications and technology interest you, this is one degree that will ensure you have no dearth of career opportunities after graduation.

Bachelor of Hotel Management

The hospitality industry offers quite a lot of career opportunities. This degree is just the stepping-stone towards choosing a niche you are well suited for. From the front desk staff to becoming a part of the kitchen, a degree in hospitality can help you get your foot in the door towards your chosen career path.

Bachelor of Law

No matter what year we are in, lawyers are needed everywhere. Most students think that becoming a lawyer is just like what is portrayed in the Bollywood movies. However, the reality is different. It is a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. And students don’t just practice criminal law, they can choose to join government service, get into private practice, do corporate law, specialize in intellectual law or even study further.

Bachelors in Fashion Technology

The last degree on our list is one that is slowly gaining popularity. Fashion technology is a great way to start a career in fashion designing. It teaches students the ins and outs of designing, fabrics, textiles, embroideries and a wide range of other subjects. With a degree in fashion technology, a lot of students go on to create their own fashion label or intern under big designers. It is important to study fashion technology and designing from a reputed college. This will help you get internships with well-known fashion houses in India.

 

India is a big country and unlike a decade ago, students today have a lot more and very lucrative career prospects. This has opened up so many avenues for students that they are often confused about which direction to take. However, it always helps to research and talk to a career counsellor who can help you make the right choice. Be careful of what you choose because unlike school, your college degree decides your entire professional career. We hope this list helps you understand the current demands of the Indian market and how you can find your place in it.

 

How can international exchange programs, study abroad and other educational experiences shape your career?

Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Although a little difficult and daunting, the experience of going abroad and studying or working in an entirely new country can be quite beneficial. For college students, studying abroad can add something unique to their resume while giving them an unusual set of skills.

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The kind of experience a study abroad semester can give you cannot be compared to anything
else. This is an introduction for you to a new culture, a new way of life, and to new people.
As you go out and explore on your own, you will become more open-minded, more willing to
talk to people, and more likely to strike up a conversation with a stranger.

Career choices

When you try something new, you open up yourself to new experiences. Studying abroad can help you open your mind and explore new and different career opportunities. You might learn about careers you never thought were possible. Take the hospitality industry for example; we know there are chefs and those at the reception. But did you know the variety of roles in a hotel kitchen that the students in the hospitality industry study for? Now you do.

 

Unique work experience

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to explore a different work environment and corporate culture. These experiences you get from working in a diverse work environment can be beneficial when you come back home and step into the real world. Employers value such experiences that set apart a candidate from the general pool.

 

Project a good image

You can project a great image to the potential employers with such a diverse experience. Studying abroad is such a wonderful opportunity to get out in the world and show that you are willing to take risks. And employers value this skill. To make projects succeed, you need to take potential risks to reap the rewards.

 
Responsibility and independence
While studying abroad, you live alone and learn to take responsibility for yourself. Coming out of the cocoon is a big step and teaches you to be independent and responsible. These life skills can translate well into your career. You learn to take responsibility, be proactive and have better decision-making skills.

 

Quick thinking and decision-making

So last on our list of advantages is the skill to think on your feet. Out and about in a strange place is when you need to be extremely careful and tuned into your surroundings. When there are language barriers or when you are in a new place, you need to think quickly on your feet. This skill can help you in the workplace to make on-the-spot decisions.
Studying abroad gives you a very unique set of skills. It is one of those things that can help you portray a unique image in a job interview. In today’s world, employers are looking for someone who stands out from the crowd and brings something different to the workplace.

Soft skills and your career development

Soft skills by definition mean a set of skills that can help a person interact better with other people. “Soft skills” is an umbrella term that encompasses everything from social skills to communication skills to emotional intelligence and personal character traits.

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In the current scenario, soft skills hold the same importance as technical skills. It is not enough to be just good at what you do; it is also important to be able to communicate effectively what you know to your clients or employers. It is essential to be able to work with people across the globe and a team consisting of a diverse group of people.

Therefore, college students these days need to be well prepared for the real world with soft sills and technical skills. The world has become extremely competitive and to get an edge over your peers, here are some of the essential soft skills you must develop before you head to the corporate world.

 

Eye contact

So why is eye contact on this list? Well, because eye contact is something we don’t often think about when talking about soft skills. Proper eye contact projects confidence, whether you are talking to a customer or your manager. And we are not just talking about looking at someone while talking to him or her. We are talking about looking at the clients while talking to them, not being fidgety and focusing on other things while talking, and not staring at the person for too long. Eye contact is an essential part of your communication skills, so you should master it.

 

Empathy

Caring about what you do and your customers is the core of being a good employee. Showing emotions, being able to connect with the customers, showing them respect, and understanding what they ask for is a huge asset to any organization. Empathy also means being able to connect with your peers and co-workers. This skill can go a long way in showcasing your potential as someone who works efficiently, but also understands human emotions and behavior.

 

Handwriting

Handwriting, in the day of computers is not considered an important soft skill anymore. However, never underestimate the importance of a handwritten thank you note to a co-worker or your boss. Also, handwriting says a lot about a person. Occasionally, interviews will include writing something on the spot. It could be something about you, why you want the job, or your expectations of the future. At that point, you will wish your handwriting had been better if it isn’t already! So, keep writing to make sure your handwriting reflects who you are.

 

 Communication skills

Both verbal and written communication skills are equally important for a student. Your communication skills are necessary for making a good first impression. The way you talk and interact will set the tone for how people will look at you in your workplace. It is easier to work with a team when you can communicate your ideas effectively. That’s the reason communication skills are valued by the employers. It makes the workplace environment more comfortable and efficient.

 

Adaptability

 Adaptability is a very valuable skill in employees these days. Flexibility and adaptability in the workplace go a long way in helping you create a great impression on your boss. You might be working on a project, but things will never go according to the plan. If you are quick on your feet and can think of the solutions immediately, your place in the organization will be valued immensely. However, you must push yourself to be more adaptable in the workplace.

 

Conflict resolution

When a group of people work together, there will be a time when there is a conflict. And at that time, the person who helps in conflict resolution will stand out. Conflict resolution is not just about solving the problem. It is about de-escalating the situation while making sure both the parties involved are satisfied with the solution. It also means to ensure a conflict does not affect teamwork or the team’s productivity and output.

 

Leadership skills

The long-term goal for anyone entering the workforce should be to become a good leader. Leadership skills can’t be learnt overnight. Right from the school to the college to the workforce, you have a chance to show your skills as a good leader. Whether it is leading your school sports team or organizing a festival in your college, you can start early when it comes to learn to be a good leader. Employers value this skill because they want a team that will eventually be able to take the company forward. Managers plan ahead and an employee with good leadership skills is a boon for the company’s future plans.

 

Teamwork

As they say, teamwork makes the dream work. For any good employer, making sure the employees work together harmoniously is essential for the success of the company. When employees can work together and pool their individual talents in one place, work is done more efficiently. The quality of your work will also soar when you work together and collaborate with your team members. Teamwork is an important skill that new employees often overlook. However, it is instrumental in helping you succeed at your job.

 

Problem-solving

Problem-solving means thinking ahead of time and planning for all the challenges you might face at the workplace. Problem-solving is one of the most sought after skills in potential employees. The sooner you learn that, the better it is. For new graduates, being well versed with soft skills, especially problem-solving, can help them get a foot in the door and pull ahead of their peers.

These soft skills can mean the difference between leaving an internship empty-handed or with a full-time job offer. Start honing these skills right now so that when you enter the corporate world, you are well prepared and ahead of the game.

 

Budding fashion designers: Here is what you need to succeed

The fashion industry can be taxing, especially for the beginners. Here is some well-thought-out advice that fashion industry stalwarts standby.

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Use your personal experiences

When creating designs, draw from your personal experiences. Use things, objects, and people that inspire you in your designs to create something unique. When you use your own thoughts in the pieces you create, you end up creating something unique and exceptional. When you draw from within yourself, you never know what you will end up creating.

 

Have a clear vision

A clear vision is necessary to succeed in the fashion industry. Whether you are starting your own business or working under a designer, you should have a vision in mind about your future. When the goal is clear, the path towards that goal will also be clear. This will help you make all the right choices you need to be a successful fashion designer.

 

Be nice to people you work with

Fellow interns, tailors, administrative staff or just about anyone else you work with are people who will have an effect on your work. Be nice to the people you work with because it pays off in the long term. This is a cut-throat industry where competition is always at an all-time high. Being nice will make you stand apart and help you gain friends in an industry that is always on edge.

 

Be sure of the finances

This is especially necessary for those who are starting their own design studio, clothing line or venture. You should know your finances in and out. From the cost of the cloth to the rent you pay for your studio, you must know every single thing. The fashion industry can be expensive, and being aware of your profit or loss is necessary to succeed on all fronts.

 

Focus on your work

The fashion industry is synonymous with glitz and glamour. Therefore, the thumb rule is to stay focused. Focus on your vision, focus on your work, and focus on being a good designer. The industry is full of opinions, but you must stay true to your personal style.

 

Deliver on your promises

Deliver on your promises because it helps you create a great impression on your clients. This is especially necessary for the designers who have just begun creating a space for themselves in the industry. When you deliver on time, you create loyal customers for a lifetime.

 

Take criticism in your stride

Take criticism in your stride. When you work under others, you are bound to get feedback for your work. Pay attention to the criticism but do not let it get you down. Client or boss, there will always be someone critiquing your work, style, and numerous other things. Take the constructive part of criticism and ignore the rest.

 

Being a successful fashion designer is all about how you can create pieces that reflect your style in a way that others like it. It is not an easy industry, but it is definitely rewarding and fulfilling.

The skills required to succeed in the service industry

The service industry is extremely demanding. It requires an unusual set of skills to succeed in this industry. Are you entering the service industry? Then here are the skills you need to master in order to succeed. Don’t be afraid of the challenges you might face initially because the long-term rewards are worth it.

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Cultural sensitivity

This is the most important skill required of service professionals. You are going to deal with people on a daily basis. Therefore, being sensitive is important. As a service professional, you can work anywhere in the country or the world. So, cultural sensitivity or being aware of the cultural practices is incredibly important.

 

Communication skills

Communication is the key to success for every service industry professional. As a profession that relies on talking and communicating to serve the customers, communication skills rank on the top of the list. Being clear and concise while communicating can help you climb the career ladder.

 

Organizational skills

Being organized is another essential skill for this industry. That means being organized with your work, planning your day ahead of time, making a to-do list and sticking to it, and staying ahead of your work at all times. Organizational skills will help you keep everything organized in your personal and professional life and create a great impression on your boss.

 

Positive attitude

A positive attitude is necessary if this is the industry you have chosen to work in. No one likes to deal with someone who projects negativity while booking a room, a vacation or placing their food order. A can-do, go-getter attitude can do wonders for you and get you a good and positive feedback from the clients.

 

Multi-tasking

Are you good at juggling? Well, if you are not, you better start practicing! We are not talking about juggling balls, but juggling multiple tasks together at the same time. Multi-tasking means taking an order, making a booking, and taking a payment, all at the same time while dealing with customers. As we said, the service industry is extremely demanding and will take all your time and focus.

 

People skills

Building connections and providing stellar customer service are just two facets of the people skills required to be a good professional. No matter which service job you are in, you will have to deal with people. This means combining a few of the skills mentioned above and your people skills in order to serve the customer in the best way possible.

 

Flexible timings

Flexibility becomes a necessity as soon as you become a part of this industry. This is because the service industry literally never sleeps. This applies to all sectors including hospitality, tourism and many more. Therefore, be prepared to work for flexible hours to succeed and make a great impression on your employers and customers.

 

So, are you prepared to succeed in the service industry? To be a good professional, make sure you excel at each of these skills.

How to manage stress during college admission season

Admission season can be even more stressful when compared to exam time. At least you can prepare and plan before any exam. You also know the syllabus, have a rough idea of your abilities and a rough idea of what will be in front of you. Admission season is akin to playing blind because you have no idea what will happen. These days, academics, in conjunction with group interviews and personal interviews determine a candidate’s level of proficiency. Here is how you can keep calm during admission season.

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Organize everything

You might be applying to 5 colleges or even 10 colleges. Regardless of the number, you should have everything in about your admission organized. From the paperwork needed to the essays required and the essay topics, make sure everything is organized beforehand. You might also want to make an excel sheet to help you keep track of the various deadlines.

 

Make the application process fun

Make the admission process fun! Turn it into a challenge for yourself, because applying for colleges can be extremely hard work and you will have to put in long hours. You can make a playlist or get your favorite beverage or food while sitting down and writing essays or finishing up online applications.

 

Talk to people around you

The admission process can be stressful. From your applications to waiting for the decision, each stage of the admission process is difficult. During such a time, talk to your parents or friends or other family members you might be close to. It is important to share your worries and fears so you do not overthink or stress yourself out.

 

Your application should reflect you

While you might want some help and advice, your application should essentially be a reflection of you. You are the best judge of how you want to present your application to a college admissions officer. Don’t share your essays with multiple people because you will get a ton of feedback. You can’t incorporate all this feedback and your essay or your application will not just be your application.

 

Account for road bumps

Always account for road bumps. Whether these are technical glitches for online applications, delay in postal delivery for paper and mail applications or an unforeseen emergency. Try and complete your application at least two days ahead of the deadline, since this also gives you time to revise all the information entered in the application. This is especially necessary for serial procrastinators because you don’t want to miss a deadline simply because you are lazy.

 

Stay positive

The most important thing is to always have a positive attitude. Stays focused on your goals and apply with a positive attitude. Write down one thing you are grateful for every day in the morning or before going to sleep. This will help keep things in perspective.

 

The admission process can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be difficult! You can put in the long hours and still enjoy the whole process with the support of your friends and family. Keep calm and keep applying.

 

College facilities that can boost a student’s performance and make their college experience better

While a college must provide a good education, it must also provide the necessary facilities to its students to help them study better. Students can learn in an environment where they are comfortable and looked after. Therefore, here are a few facilities offered by all good colleges to their students. When you give them a learning environment, they will learn and grow and become successful alumni.

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A good library

A good library tops our list because of obvious reasons. This is the most important resource required by students. From offering a quiet study spot on campus to offering textbooks and reference books, the library is used for multiple purposes. If students have all the books, e-journals, magazines and other educational resources available with ease, they are likely to use it to study better.

 

A computer lab

These days, a computer lab on campus is an absolute must. Technology has become an integral part of education and it is impossible to not have an on-campus computer lab. Also, engineering students and students from other technical fields need to use programs for their class assignments. A computer lab makes these tasks easy for them.

 

Cafeteria

Food is an essential part of a student’s life. The cafeteria on campus should offer various food options that should also be healthy. Neat and clean interiors and a large space to fit as many students as possible are necessary for an on-campus cafeteria.

 

On campus Wi-Fi

It is impossible for today’s students to do anything without Wi-Fi. From project research to applying for internships, everything in a student’s life is done online. Proper Wi-Fi connectivity is essential. Colleges might have to invest a significant amount of money in order to set up a network that works on the campus, but it will pay off in the long run.

 

On campus activities

On-campus activities, such as movie screenings, debates, student activities and student-run organizations are an essential part of all college campuses. Students on campus like to feel a part of the college’s student community and such activities bring them together.

 

Sports and recreation facilities

College these days offer gym facilities to their students because today’s students are quite health conscious. Other recreation facilities include offering students the chance to play on college sports teams, take part in intercollegiate sports, etc. This creates a team spirit in students which is great for boosting their morale.

 

Everyday amenities

Other everyday amenities for students include offering a doctor’s clinic on campus, offering transportation to nearby areas and ATMs on campus. These facilities are essential for a student and help them waste less time traveling back and forth. Making life easier for them means allowing them to spend more time learning and growing.

 

Colleges must understand that students these days require an environment conducive to learning. Be it gym facilities or a strong Wi-Fi network, it is absolutely essential for them to have these facilities on campus to study better. So colleges, make sure you have the best campus in town in order to attract students to your college.

 

10 Things to Keep in Mind while Selecting a College after +2

Selecting the right college is essential to make sure you have a bright future with strong career prospects. The institution is just as essential as the degree you get after graduation. Therefore, students spend months and countless hours researching and short listing the colleges they want to apply to. But here are a few essential points to keep in mind while choosing the right college. Remember, if you are happy, you will learn better. So, choose wisely!

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Choose your course of study

Before choosing a college, choose your course of study. It is easier to shortlist colleges if you know what area interests you because then you will be able to look for colleges that are the best in that field. Discuss with your parents, friends or advisors about what you want to do in the future. Your goal will determine your path which is to get the right type of college degree for the right field.

 

Degrees available

Most students are not aware of this, but colleges offer different types of degrees. It can be a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Sciences or even a Diploma degree. It is important that you first understand what the college is offering and if it suits your needs. B.A. in Biology is not helpful, whereas a B.Sc. in Biology can take you places when it comes to the career opportunities and higher education.

 

College location

The location of the college campus is important. Firstly, it determines how easy it will be for you to go home. Do you want to experience urban life? Or do you prefer a campus that is quiet and away from the city? A college’s proximity to a major city also means better career opportunities since big cities are usually home to big companies. This will help you get better internship and job offers. So take a map and do your research.

 

Faculty excellence

If you have shortlisted a few colleges, you then need to find out how well known and good the faculty is for your course. If you have friends studying there, ask them. If not, join online forums and get in touch with the current students and alumni about the college’s faculty, teaching methods, and other academic resources.

 

Student-teacher ratio

A teacher can do justice to the students only when the faculty to student ratio is low. A class of 100 means no one gets individual attention, whereas a class of 20 means that the teacher will know each student by name and be able to teach them better. This is also necessary so that a teacher can help each student achieve his or her goals.

 

Fee structure and scholarships

The fee structure and scholarship opportunities should be on the top of your list when it comes to gathering information on a college. The fee structure can help you determine if your financial situation is suitable for this college. Is it economically viable to study here? Will you need loans? Can you get a scholarship? These are the important questions you need to answer before deciding on a college.

 

Extracurricular activities

 Going to college is much more than just studying day in and day out. The quality of campus life and type of extracurricular activities offered on the campus are equally important. Does your college offers housing on campus? If not, will you have to go house hunting on your own? Don’t hesitate to pose these questions to the college administration. Do they have regular social events, student-run organizations or opportunities for the students to do something new? Make sure you know how life outside a classroom will be.

 

Campus facilities

The facilities on the campus are just as essential. Most of them offer Wi-Fi on the campus. Library, gym, transportation, banking facilities, grocery shopping, meals, etc., are just some of the important facilities that any good college should provide its students. These days, colleges make it a point to provide all the possible amenities so the students need not go out of the campus for anything at all.

 

College ranking

A good college should rank well among its counterparts at least on the national level. If you are spending an exorbitant amount of money to get a degree, what good is it if no one recognizes it? This is where the college’s reputation comes into play. You want a college that focuses on student development and education in equal measures along with a focus on placements and job opportunities. Colleges with the reputation of being easy and being party schools are not worth the money and efforts.

 

Placement record

In the end, your goal is to graduate with a degree and a job offer. So, it is important that your college has a dedicated placement cell to help the students’ secure internship and job interviews. If your college has good connections with corporate, they will also offer many opportunities to network with professionals and learn more about the corporate culture. Most colleges release their placement data in terms of salary packages, companies that come to the campus frequently, and the percentage of students placed successfully. Do check these before you decide.

Choosing a college is one of the hardest and the most important decisions you will take in your life. Do not treat it lightly. Do your research, visit the colleges if you must and take tours, talk to the current students as well as the alumni and get to know your colleges before you decide to attend it. These three or four years of your life are integral to a bright future, so choose wisely. At the end of the day, what you want to study, where you want to study, and how you want to study will determine what your future looks like. India has so much to offer its students in terms of education, so there is no dearth of good colleges. However, everything that looks good is not good and closer scrutiny is a must.

The benefits of living on campus in a college

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Living on campus is an amazing opportunity. Hostel, dorm or on-campus housing, whatever you call it, offers many advantages as opposed to renting an apartment away from the campus or living at home. Living on campus is an integral part of college life,
especially for undergraduates who are entering such an environment for the first time. So here are the ten fantastic advantages of living on campus. If you need to convince your parents about living on your college campus, this list will definitely be helpful.
Involvement in the student community
Living on campus means you are better involved in the student community. You can take part in student-run events, college events, campus fests and other after-hours activities. Living off campus means you have to reach home by a certain time, find a reliable mode of transport or drive alone at night. Plus, everyone worry if you didn’t get back home on time after a college event.
Independence
Who doesn’t love being independent when in college? Living at home or a relative’s place is preferable to our parents because they worry about us. But, on-campus living gives you independence. It also makes you rely on yourself to get things done instead of asking your parents to do them for you. You might even learn to cook, clean, and fold your clothes!
Cut down on travel time
Traveling back and forth from the college campus can be exhausting, especially if you live in a metro city or if your home is very far. Living on campus means you can just walk back to your hostel and that’s all. You don’t waste any time on the train or the bus and you can get more work done. You may think you can work while on your commute, but it is usually impossible to read or write anything while on the bus or train.
Better study environment
Living on campus in a hostel means you are surrounded by your peers. This is particularly great during exam time when everyone around you is studying; it’s a great motivator to study. Surrounding yourself with hardworking people means you will want to work hard too.
Access to college resources
If you live in a hostel, you have better access to the college resources. This includes the college library, the computer lab or science labs. These resources are an invaluable part of your education and the more you utilize, the more they will help you achieve your goals.
Make new friends
Living on campus is a great way to expand your social circle. It is a great opportunity to make new friends. Of course, you have classmates who are friends, but living on campus means more friends. It also opens you up to new experiences and meeting new people. This will expand your horizons in the long run as you meet people from all over the country and even all over the world. Forging close friendships requires time and effort, and this is only possible if you live in the same place and see those people on every day of your college life.
Save money
Living off campus by renting an apartment can get expensive even if you share it with friends. You have to worry about water, electricity, the cleaning person, the cook, etc. Living on campus includes everything in the money you pay. You save money in the long run since the benefits of living on campus are incredible.
Belonging to a community
The sense of belonging to a community is incredibly satisfying. You might have heard your family members saying that the best time of their life was in college with friends from their hostel. They might even be in touch with those friends today! This is because living together makes you a part of something big. A group of people living together in a hostel eventually learn to understand each other, sympathize with each other, support each other, and look after each other.
Ready amenities
As we said, living off campus means worrying about utilities. So when you live on campus, you don’t have to worry about the water, electricity, food or the cleaning part. Some hostels offer laundry facilities, so you can even stop worrying about that. You can instead focus on your academics and get better grades by putting in more time and energy  into your work. Electricity cuts, water shortage, and other such problems won’t be a part of your schedule. These matters can take away from the time spent studying. So, living in a hostel is a win-win situation.
Security
Living on campus offers a sense of security, especially to the parents. Living off campus means you don’t really know where you are living because you don’t even know your neighbors. Not everyone can rent an apartment or a home in a gated community with round-the-clock security. Hostels on college campuses have multiple security provisions to make students feel safe. Your parents will be more than happy when you point out this particular advantage to them. Plus, it becomes the college’s responsibility to keep you safe when you live in the college housing.
It is advisable to live on campus at least the first two years of your college life. These two years will be sufficient in helping you get the best possible experience in your college. You will be able to enjoy your college life without worrying about anything and immerse yourself in your studies and the college community. The best part is that you will be able to attend every single college fest, college concert, and college event since you only have to take a short walk to go back to your room. So students applying for college, this is your chance to make a decision, whether you want to be a part of your college community or stay on the fringes. So, make the right decision for yourself!

 

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