The life in a hostel is different from that of the home. At home, sometimes it becomes different to frame suitable timetable of studies. There may be relatives or guests visiting frequently and making the atmosphere of home quite unfit for serious studies. In such situation hostel-life seems to be boon for a student. Far from his/her home, he/she finds all facilities that are essential for sound studies in a hostel. Hence, hostel life is welcomed by most of the students.
Hostel life is regular and helpful to study. Hostel is a place where students are given proper environment for all round development resulting in good careers. Here they find safety against many social evils. Living in a hostel students have to follow its general rules and regulations which are meant to make their life regular and punctual, the basic needs of success. They are taught to be self dependent; also they are given guidelines so that they may prove themselves worthy citizens of the nation.
In schools, more emphasis is given on text books and the students are kept busy in completing homeworks in different subjects. In hostel too text books are taught with great care but at the same time, the students are given education on morality, responsibility and other basic norms of human life.
In a hostel, a student comes in contact with a number of other students. He acquires many good qualities from them. When a student sees his next door neighbour daily taking morning exercise, he also gets inspired and starts doing the same. One good student becomes an example for other hostelers. Thus a good environment is created where the hostelers’ sole aim becomes to devote their time to useful activities, in which studies comes at the top.
Hostel life makes the students competitive. They do hard labour in company of their room-partners and accordingly dream for bright future. At times they help the weak students in their studies. They support each other by sharing their joys and sorrows. Thus, hostel life not only develops the spirit of healthy competition, but also teaches the lesson of mutual cooperation.
But hostel life has many drawbacks. Students coming for the first time to a hostel, find entirely new atmosphere. Sometimes they misuse the freedom, they get in the hostel. They begin to smoke and at times, even to drink. Studies become secondary for them. Such students must not be sent to hostels. Instead they should live under parental care.
Overall hostel life is a boon and a bane-both at the same time. It is a boon for those students who take advantage of it and make their life successful. On the other hand it is a bane for those who fail to realize the, very purpose of hostel life and spoil their future.