It is said that home is sweet. But even then life at home, cannot be compared to the life in a hostel. At home one has to live as other members of the family live.
Elders are always there to check the activities of youngsters. One cannot even frame one's own timetable of studies. One has to keep in mind the convenience of others. One has to study while others keep on talking and gossiping. Often one room, one kerosen lantern or lamp is used jointly by two or three brothers and sisters. If some relative or guest comes in, the whole programme of studies is upset. In fact, at home there is no atmosphere for serious studies. There is constant disturbance due to one reason or the other.
The life in a hostel is different from that of the home. The greatest blessing of hostel life is independence. You may sleep whenever you like. You may get up late in the morning but none will question you. Apart from the general rules and regulations, which are to be followed necessarily by every one, one is his own master. It is due to this reason that many students do not like to go home even in long vacations. Those who love freedom, love the hostel life
In hostel, life is full of opportunities of amusement. One is constantly in touch with young men of one's age. One can make friends with one's hostel fellows who have varied tastes and aptitudes. He may choose his friends according to his own liking. Mutual discussions of their favorite film actors and actresses, long criticism of the latest picture seen by them, and story-telling, add charm to hostel life. Good arrangements of games and sports, Sunday specials and eating competitions, and day-to day merry-making, make the hostel life a thing of envy for all.
In a hostel, a student comes in contact with a number of other students. He acquires many good qualities form them. When a student sees his next door neighbor daily taking morning exercise, he also gets inspiration. He too tries to be healthy. One good student may become an example for other hostlers. When one is ill, all his hostel fellows try their best to serve him. Mutual cooperation, sympathy, and love are characteristic of hostel life. It will not be an exaggeration to say that only a hostel is the place where an all-round development of personality is possible.
Hostels provide the best atmosphere for study. If students enjoy the hostel life in different ways, they also work very hard when the time comes for it. Weaker students can always get help from their friends. When a careless and negligent student sees his partner of his neighbor competing for position, he also tries to follow his example. Hostel life not only develops the spirit of healthy competition, but also teaches the lesson of mutual cooperation.
Hostel life with its so man advantages has some drawbacks also. Students coming for the first time to a hostel, find entirely new atmosphere. The freedom of the hostel leads them astray. They begin to smoke, gamble and at times even to drink. Daily visit to some cinema becomes a routine. They fail to choose good companions. The unlimited freedom proves harmful for such students.
Parents send their wards to hostel for study, but there they waste their time in enjoyment and merry-making. As long as they go on receiving money, they care little from where it comes and to where it goes. They waste their precious time and the hard earned money of their parents like water. In later life, they have to repent for this folly.
Much of the usefulness, as well as harmlessness of hostel life depends upon its management. A badly managed hostel is bound to spoil the lives of its inmates. A well-managed hostel is sure to prove a blessing for those who are lucky enough to live in it.