The Wrath Of Online College Fests

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“Ye hum hai,

Ye humari college life hai,

Aur iski pichle ek saal se barbadi horahi hai.”

(Translation : This is Us,

This is Our College Life,

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And this has been getting stamped upon for the past one year.)

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While most of us were looking forward to attending the postponed college fests last year, 2021 has also left us abandoned. It is said that college fests are the most colorful time of the year, especially at Delhi University. Thousands of students having the time of their lives. Now, it has been two years in a row that the campuses haven’t been lit up with the fest-vibe, the batches of 2019 and 2020 have yet to be immersed in the famous fest-gala.

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Thousands of students wait with bated breath, for the whole year, to attend the coveted college fest. February used to be the time, in previous years, when DU students would party from dusk till dawn!

Given the pandemic, it’s normal for many to despair and sulk at missing out on all that fun this time. However, that’s not exactly the case for some colleges. They’ve announced that they’ll be organising online festivals – a first in the university.

However, many students especially from the final year who’ve had their chance with the college fests are worried that they’d be missing out on all the candid moments and bonding over “beverages” due to the online shift of events. It is definitely sad, but the best we can make of this time.

While talking to The Hindustan Times, Yukti Aggarwal, a first-year student of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, said, “In many colleges, fests are happening online just to do the formalities. There is no doubt that on-ground fests are much better and worth going. The fun, dance, craziness and group photographs, which become the most memorable moments of college life, can only be gathered when in offline mode. Regardless, I must admit that an online fest is better than a college year with #NoFest. I’m secretly hoping they call Neha Kakkar this time!”

The addition of college fests might have brightened up the college lives of many freshers but no one can deny that everyone is hoping for offline fests as well. Students feel that “there is no vibe in online fests”. Subsequently, holding them will also shun down the hopes for offline fests and reopening of colleges in the near-future, which is definitely an addition to the sorrow of the covid-life.

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