Hostel life is entirely different from life at home. Many parents prefer to send their children to hostel so that they are away from homely pleasure and learn to live and grow on their own. Hostel life provides the most ideal atmosphere for study. The students get more time and suitable atmosphere to do their studies, to get help or guidance for anything from their class-fellows and morever, from seniors who are living close by. Even a careless or negligent student starts working hard when he sees his room mate or neighbour competing for position. Thus hostel life inspires a lesson of mutual co-operation and the spirit of healthy competition.
The greatest blessing for students away from home is the independence in hostel life. No-body is there to question them whether they go to bed late at night or get up late in the mornings. Everone is a master of his own, in spite of strict rules and regulations of the hostel. Those who love freedom, like hostel life very much. Even during vacations, such students do not wish to visit their homes. Further there is no elder to check the activities. The student does not have to live as other members of the family live and he is required to adjust on so many occasions. He is to keep in mind the convenience of others and may have to study in spite of presence of guests at home.
In hostel life, a student may learn many good qualities after coming into contact with many other students from different cultures, states and walk of life. A student can get inspiration from other mates in hostel who daily go for morning walks or exercises. A single student can set good examples for other students in a hostel. The characteristics of a good hostel life are love, co-operation and sympathy for fellow – friends. All round development of the personality is possible by living for few years in a hostel. The students are always in touch with people of their own age and who have varied aptitudes and tastes. Friends can be selected based on your own choice and liking.
In hostel life, students learn a lot from the mutual discussions. Whether it is the political scene of the country or the criticism of a latest picture seen by them or about their favourite heroine or her or about a cricket match or favourite sportspersons, every discussion becomes lively and a source of unlimited information and knowledge. Then there are holidays, special events like eating competitions and indoor or outdoor matches which make hostel life a thing of envy for others living in homes. Further whenever any student falls ill, all other students take good care of him and provide him all type of help. They try to guide him for the missed periods of study in the classroom.
Hostel life has many drawbacks also just like the two sides of a coin. Sometimes, freedom of hostel life leads them astray. They find the atmosphere entirely new and free. They start following some spoilt children of the rich class and start asking for more and more money from their parents. They make it a routine to go to cinemas and waste time in only enjoyment and merry-making. Even some students start smoking, gambling or even go to the extent of drinking. They do not care for the hard earned money sent by their parents. However, such students have to repent in later part of their lives for not learning anything in spite of the best opportunities.
Hostel life can be made free from all above harmful effects by following specific and strict rules and regulations. These rules need to be implemented and not just written down for records sake. The management of the hostel should be professional and practical in approach to achieve the ultimate success of its students.